ATTN OOT Guests: Flying to a Wedding During Winter Months?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: OOT Guests: Would you fly during winter months? Which Sunday is better for a wedding?
    Yes - A mini-vacay to California! I want to escape the cold of the East Coast for a few days! : (27 votes)
    87 %
    No - This is rude! What if I get stuck at the airport because of a snowstorm?! : (4 votes)
    13 %
    Sunday: January 18, 2015 (MLK Holiday Weekend!) : (0 votes)
    Sunday: January 25, 2015 (better to avoid holiday weekends!) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    1500 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @bonbonsparklesMD:  I’m from east coast and I would love to fly to Socal. The issue for me is less so the weather, and more the cost of flying itself. I’d only do this for a very good friend or close family member. I also would warn your guests to try to book earlier flights out in case flights get canceled. You’ll have to recognize that by having a winter cross country wedding, you do run the risk of people having canceled flights.

    Post # 4
    Member
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Flights can have delays for many reasons year round, so it’s silly to decline solely based on worrying about airport delays. I would go if you want to go, or not if you don’t want to. 

    Oops, I read that as if you were the guest. I had a winter wedding and it occurred to me that people might have travel delays, but I wasn’t that worried. As long as the important ones (parents, siblings, wedding party) can make it then the other guests aren’t really a big deal. In my opinion anyway – all our close people were either already there or had an easy travel. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    705 posts
    Busy bee

    Half of our wedding is from boston going to vegas. They couldn’t be more happy to get outta here. Lol. We are also getting married November !

    Post # 8
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    493 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @bonbonsparklesMD:  I grew up in Chicago and would have been very excited at the prospect of getting away somewhere warm for any reason during the winter, but you do have to be reconciled to the idea that bad weather could strand some of your guests and be sure you’d be okay with going on without them. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    7179 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    @bonbonsparklesMD:  I would do the 1/25 weekend.  For cost of flights (higher during the holiday weekend) and the fact it’s NFL playoff weekend (1/18).

    Post # 10
    Member
    236 posts
    Helper bee

    We’re having a “destination” wedding in the Canadian Rockies in March.  We knew that weather would be an unpredictable factor, but it has not seemed to impact people’s decision to attend at all (we have literally had 1 person decline, and they live locally). I suppose we will have to see if any flights are cancelled closer to the actual day!

    Post # 12
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    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @bonbonsparklesMD: I always accepted and made it just fine to cross country weddings. The last one I went to was in NYC and it snowed. I did not have a coat. It happens, but no big deal!

    Post # 13
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    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I actually just flew from DC to Boston a few weeks back for a good friend’s wedding and almost got stuck in the airport due to delays and cancelled flights. For me, it all came down to the fact that I really wanted to be there for her and would travel no matter the possible issues with weather. 

    In your case, I think it definitely helps that your guests will be flying to where it’s warmer. By January, I feel like most folks look forward to a break from the cold.

    Post # 14
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    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @bonbonsparklesMD:  so November is before I’m sick of the snow. Other than the possible Thanksgiving conflict,  I’d go and pray for good weather. 

    As a ppublic employee, please do MLK weekend. We’d come Friday and stay through Monday.  

     

    Post # 15
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    3735 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @bonbonsparklesMD:  We travel every January or February to a warmer locale and honestly, the only two thoughts I have are weather related and go like this: 1) are we going to get socked with a storm so we cannot leave on time to get to our warm destination and 2) are we going to get bad weather back home so we cannot get home as planned and get stuck in Charlotte or ATL or something.

    But rain delays flights too so I wouldn’t NOT go to your wedding just because I had to fly in the winter.

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