The pandemic postponed plenty of weddings over the past couple of years. As a result, wedding vendors and planners throughout the U.S. report record numbers of bookings through 2024. And according to The Wedding Report, nearly 2.5 million of them are scheduled to take place in 2022 -- a record high number. So what must you know if you're planning a Lake Oconee wedding in the next couple of years? Here are tips to make yours an epic event:
Do you have a specific date in mind for your big day? If so, book it at least nine to 12 months in advance. On the other hand, if you're flexible about the date, you can let the availability of your favorite venue help make your decision. Keep in mind that availability is dependent on other factors like location, time of year, popularity, and more. If you're planning a summer wedding, which is a busy time for events, you'll want to book your favorite date and venue at least a year in advance.
...but avoid booking too early
Because of all the commotion around postponed weddings, some people try to book dates way too far in advance. Booking a wedding date that's five years away is too early. Booking a venue before you're even engaged is too. A knowledgeable, seasoned wedding planner can help do all the planning and logistics for you. Plus, they have the power to get everything on your wedding wishlist, all at the right time and in the right place.
Many weddings were outdoor events in 2021, and not just because of the fantastic weather here in Georgia. Facilities that offer beautiful, open-air venues helped avoid COVID-19 restrictions while continuing to provide a safer option for family and friends. And if the weather turns poor, it's best to book a venue that can offer the shelter of a just-as-nice backup site on the premises. The opposite is also true - having an outdoor venue that fits all your guests if pandemic restrictions prohibit your indoor event is a reassuring thought. Venues (like ours) that offer much flexibility are key to a successful event.
Keep in mind the time needed to handle all the other details and arrangements. For example, is your venue handling the food catering, or do you need to book that separately? What about entertainment, transportation, and accommodations? Most top-notch DJs, photographers, florists, and cake-bakers are booked out at least six months in advance, so schedule those early if you have favorites.
Once you book the venue for your wedding ceremony and reception, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Since you've locked in your date, it'll be much easier to plan everything else. At Harbor Club, we're seeing plenty of indicators that wedding season is getting into full swing. If you're researching Lake Oconee wedding venues, you should definitely have it at one of ours. Plus, Harbor Club is also a great place to enjoy pre-wedding activities -- keeping everyone happily occupied on the "morning of" the big day. Give us a call and schedule a tour. You'll soon see that we have both the team and the scenes of your wedding dreams.