Choosing the date started off really easy but it got really frustrating in the end.
It start off with the condition that it must be on a Sunday (FH's relatives owns a family restaurant, they're only willing to close it up on Sundays), with that we wanted it to be on a long weekend so guests don't have to leave the reception early and that we wanted in either March - May or Oct - Nov. So we went through all the Melbourne public holidays and chose March, over the Melbourne's labour day long weekend. THEN my mum decided that she wanted to make sure that date is auspicious enough for marriage - she started asking me for FH's and FPIL's birth date and time, which I refused. Then dad said noone gets marry in March - get this, we told them the date back in Sept/Oct 2009, the reason why he said noone gets marries in March is because he thought that we were planning for a March 2010 wedding and that it might clash with Ching Ming Festival as well as possibly mum's lunar birthday being in the same month. So instead of saying that's too much of a rush, he said no one organises wedding for March?!? That's Chinese parenting for ya say one thing, but mean something else.
In the end I gave them a list of Melbourne public holidays in 2011, our conditions and a 2 weeks deadline (we wanted to start looking and booking venues), and told them they can choose another date that fits all the conditions. They chose April over either ANZAC day long weekend or Easter, but in 2011 they're on the same weekend and there's no way we can have it over Easter - we're not religious, but as if anyone would be attending a wedding on Easter Sunday!?!! This went for about two month , we finalised our venue at the end of our 2 weeks deadline without telling them. Long story short we got our original date in the end.