1. Check in with family and close friends. We're talking about the VIPs - the people you couldn't imagine getting married without. Parents, close friends and anyone else that's a must-attend. Compile a calendar. Black out the dates that won't work, leaving you with options when the most important people can be there.
2. Consider your Wedding Budget. Pick the Season and Month. The most popular months are June through September. And Saturdays are the most expensive. A Sunday Wedding may cost a fraction of the price. Consider the Wedding off-season. You'll get the most bang for your buck. It typically runs from November to March. Who says Saturday June Brides have more fun!
3. Check with your Vendors. Check the availability of the Wedding Photographer you've been following, or the DJ that you loved at a friend's Wedding.
4. Avoid major sporting events - national or city-wide. If you have a lot of guests coming in from out of town it might be hard, and expensive to get accommodations. Book hotel blocks in advance.
5. Research destinations. If you're planning a Destination Wedding, pay attention to weather patterns like hurricane season. Avoid peak travel times like Spring Break. Give guests 9 months to a year to plan.