Congratulations! If this topic interests you, I'd imagine you are newly engaged. After putting together your spending plan, you'll next begin the process of gathering information to find and book your ideal venue. The Internet will allow you to get the first level of your choices narrowed down, those that fit within your spending plan and those that do not. Keep in mind that if you're planning your wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area during the months of May, June, September and October you'll pay premium pricing because these months are considered peak wedding months--venues and professional service providers are most in demand and simple economics come into play! December can also be expensive only because you may also be competing with companies who are also booking venues for their holiday parties. Which day of the week you book your wedding is also a factor that affects your pricing. Fridays and Saturdays are peak days. Sundays are second in expense to Fridays and Saturdays. If most of your wedding guests are local, you might want to consider a week-day evening wedding, with daylight savings time, a summer mid-week wedding may be ideal for you. Wedding 'high' season will likely be very different if your thinking about exchanging your "I Do's" in the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera or other international destination. Need an experienced thought partner as you start this process? Contact me, I'm happy to help. I Do X Two - Wedding Planning/Coordination/Officiant Services.