Post # 1
So my FI and I have been working on setting a date. We were hoping for a weekend in mid-May as he tends to perspire easily and the weather later into the summer in my hometown can tend to get HOT. It dawned on me however it is graduation for Washington University, a rather large school that happens to be minutes from the venues we are considering, has commencement a day before the date we were hoping for. Now I am worried about hotels, rehearsal dinner venues, etc. Is any one else dealing with similar problem? How did you work around it?
Post # 3
Well, we realized after we set our date that it’s Father’s day weekend, and the weekend of an annual car show that brings TONS of people into our town. We’re talking ALL hotels full. We reserved blocks of rooms at the hotel as early as they let us, and have warned guests of the weekend so they need to make sure they book before the hotel releases the rooms. Otherwise they may not have anywhere to stay!
Post # 4
We were also looking at a May wedding at an event close to the state university and decided to change to September (also missing the main summer season). I would suggest looking at hotel rates. Because the University is not in a large city and local hotel supply is limited, rates are through the roof on graduation weekend. In fact, some hotels charge more for a room on graduation weekend then they do during peak summer beach season! So of course you can get a room block but will your guests be happy with the price? Another thing we worried about was the traffic and crowds at restaurants that comes with graduation weekend. Ultimately, we looked at the weather and it rains less in September than May so we were happy to switch. Good luck.
Post # 5
We had our engagement party during graduation weekend and it was *not* a good idea. Even though our party was small and we live in a fairly urban area, sheesh! Flights were a problem for the few people flying, hotels were completely and totally booked, and parking was a nightmare. That, and everyone in our apartment building assumed the flowers were for a graduation party 🙂
Post # 6
Yep, I’m getting married during graduation… the local college’s, which is a week after mine & my fiance’s graduation! Good thing my city is touristy, so there’s lots of hotels!