Welcome to Ask Emilie, here you can ask any question to our wedding planner Emilie. Emilie will answer your question no matter the topic. It can be about anything from styling, general wedding questions, cultural customs, planning, wedding budget and more. This week we are talking about when to lock in a popular wedding date. Today’s question is from Sally F who asks:
“Morning Emilie, I want to get married on 02/02/20 because it is a very symmetrical date and a date like this will not come round again till 03/03/30. Also I do not want to wait that long! I realise that this will be a potentially popular date due to the symmetry of it. This date is just under 3 years away which will give my future husband and I years to save. That being said do you think I should lock everything now? Regards Sally ”
The simplest answer I can give you is yes and no. However that answer isn’t very helpful at all and needs further explanation. These days many couples plan for their wedding 1-2 years ahead . This -means that you have plenty of time to lock in that date and book everything considering you have literally 32 months.
However as you mentioned that the date will appeal to other people and if you have your heart set on it then there is no reason to delay. You do not have to book everything but rather the big ticket items like locations – the ceremony space and the reception venue. As we tell all our clients that once you book these 2 items for your wedding, everything else will fall into place.
Strategy For Booking A Popular Wedding Date
Services like cars, photographers, entertainment, styling and so on can be booked a little later. There are a couple of advantages in booking in these services closer to your wedding date.
Firstly wedding companies come and go very easily and we recommend to book with a reputable provider. Not just one with only a social media page (These come and go faster that you can imagine). You will need to pay out wedding deposits and then wait 3 years to see if they are still around. We have seen many couples (including our own clients) book a service from the cheapest supplier that only has a FaceBook page. They discover they shut down 6 months later, are unable contactable and lose their deposits. Not saying this happens all the time but enough that one should be wary of it. This is very different to venues and ceremony places as they are ‘brick and mortar’ businesses and not going anywhere.
Secondly venue and ceremony spaces have a longer wait list than other providers in general. For example the very popular St Marys Cathedral in Sydney City has an 18 month to 2 year wait list. However some supplier and venues will not have pricing set for that far ahead so you can use this as an excellent way to negotiate a great deal or keep them on their toes with frequent contact.
In short I would focus on only booking the ceremony and reception space at this stage. This will lock in the date for you and you can book everything else in the next 12 months. This would also be a good time to work out your budget and start saving! Good luck with booking your popular wedding date. If you need any additional help do not hesitate to contact us or even check out our services such as our wedding planner services or on the day wedding coordinators to make your day easier.
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