Are you newly engaged and in the early stages of planning your upcoming big day First and foremost, congratulations! Planning your wedding can be an incredibly exciting experience for couples, and while there are no shortage of things to cover, a little research can go a long way towards creating the perfect day. Learn more about some of the key details you’ll want to cover first, as well as why you may want to consider having an off-season ceremony below!
Where To Begin
If you’ve just begun to plan your nuptials, you may find yourself feeling a tad overwhelmed by all of the special little details that go into a wedding. Understand that this is completely normal! Spending some time researching and chatting with all involved parties (family members, etc), will help give you a better sense of what arrangements are best suited to your day, as well as your budget. Once you have a more refined direction as to what you need, you’ll be able to focus your efforts on top priorities and eliminate any unnecessary confusion.
In general two of the most important elements you’ll want to decide upon quickly are:
As one might expect, your budget plays a crucial role in determining certain elements of your big day. This means that it’s important to have your spend limit (inclusive of your ‘preferred’ and ‘stretch’ costs) agreed upon as early as possible. It’s also important to note that budgets aren’t necessarily as “limiting” as people tend to think. In fact, there are often many ways to work around your spend amount without sacrificing your vision at all (more on that shortly)!
Date and Location
Venue and timing tend to go hand in hand in terms of prioritizing, especially since many popular locations are booked well in advance. If you have a dream spot in mind, it’s important to contact them as soon as possible with your ideal dates (we suggest having a few in mind in case of booking conflicts) to reserve your spot. In terms of deciding on a date, flexibility may help succeed in securing a venue, but can also help you save significantly if you opt to book off-season, or even in the middle of the week when ceremonies are less frequent. Below, we’ll highlight a few of the benefits and points of consideration to booking your wedding off season.
Breaking the Mould With An Off Season Wedding
It’s no secret that wedding fever strikes each year between late spring through to the early fall. This so called “wedding season” sees venues fill up quickly, with little room for last minute bookings, and prices increasing to match high demand. While summer weddings do have several appealing aspects (warmer weather, guests are more open to travel than colder months, lush scenery, etc), there plenty of perks to be found booking your wedding outside of peak season. Benefits include:
- Considerable savings: venues often charge less for bookings made outside of high season, as do hotels, etc.
- Easier to book hotels for guests: in addition to cheaper fare, you’ll often find hotels have more space available.
- Vendor availability: your dream photographer or wedding caterer may have a hard time accommodating requests during the busiest time of the year, but have better availability for other days.
If you’re considering an off-season wedding, speaking with an experienced team like the coordination experts at Cornerstone can help you decide the benefits make it the perfect fit your special day. Contact us today to learn more!