Finalising the Wedding Date
Once the time of year has been decided, finalising the date essentially involves a process of elimination between the availability of the venues, the wedding party and key guests.
If the ceremony is to be religious, a separate reception venue will need to be booked.
For many civil ceremonies held in approved venues (hotels, castles, etc.), the ceremony and reception can often take place in the same building.
If two venues are required, the venue for the ceremony should be firmed up first; then, when looking at reception venues, it will often be possible to pencil the date in with various places, especially if this is done well in advance.
Check the availability of members of the wedding party and choose the date that produces the best result. Once the date and venue(s) have been decided, deposits should be paid immediately to secure the venue(s).
As soon as the venues are secured, inform the wedding party and key guests. It is then advisable to compile the wedding guest list and send out save the date cards.