Picking a date for a wedding used to be relatively simple, but now, in the days of the Coronavirus, there are many more things to take into account before being able to make that crucial decision.
There are a few things to consider as you begin planning your wedding date. To choose a date for your wedding, you’ll need to answer two fundamental questions:
Where do I want my wedding?
Are you thinking of getting married on a mountain top, on the beach, in a cathedral, or at Disneyland?
The location of your wedding will largely determine when you’ll be getting married. If you want to have a destination wedding, you will want to choose a date closer to the end of 2021 or 2022 so that you allow enough time for travel restrictions to fully lift and for there to be a Coronavirus vaccine widely available.
How many people do I want at my wedding?
If you’ve always dreamed of a big wedding and being able to share your special day with all your friends and family, then you may want to consider a date that is in 2021 or even early 2022. That’s not to say that you should put off planning—quite the opposite. With a date that’s a year or so out, you will have lots of time to do the research and spend the time with your wedding helpers to put together the perfect day.
Most venues are booked 12 to 18 and even 24 months out for weddings. So, if you can decide on a date that’s within 24 months, book your venue now. Then, you’ll need to put together your timeline for the rest of the planning as orchestrating a big wedding can be tricky. They tend to have lots of elements and much to consider, so you’ll be glad you had the time to plan.
With a smaller, more intimate wedding, you’ll have a little more flexibility in regards to choosing a date to wed. Micro-weddings (usually 20 people or fewer) offer the opportunity to have a slightly fancier wedding. With so few people, everyone can be treated to 5-star hospitality. These weddings can come together much more quickly than a large or medium-sized wedding. Plus, even in the age of social distancing, you can find a venue that will accommodate your small guest list quite comfortably. In this case, you can plan your wedding in a much shorter time-span, so even two to six months out is realistic (if you can find caterers, florists, and the rest that can fit you into their schedules.)
As the gathering restrictions lift, you may want to have a medium size wedding, in which case, planning a little further out is probably recommended. The gathering restrictions will most likely ease incrementally. It may be a little while before weddings of 50 to 200 people are allowed to gather again. So, you can choose a date that is in 2020. But to be on the safe side, you may want to look at 2021.
Once you’ve chosen a location for your wedding, you’ll need to find a venue. There are many factors to consider when choosing a venue, but one of the most important things to get very clear are the terms of the contract.
Make sure that if you are forced to move your wedding date for the Coronavirus (or other natural disasters), you’ll be able to reschedule for no additional charge. Times are uncertain, and you need to be sure that you know exactly what the venue will charge you if you’re unable to have your wedding on your chosen date through no fault of your own.