Post # 1
Hi HV brides,
Still stuck on choosing the best date. This is for an outdoor wedding and a tented reception.
I’m particularly interested in what people think about having a wedding on the holiday weekends – Jul 4th or Sept 6th (Sunday before Labor Day). It would be better for my family and out of town guests, but probably not so nice for the locals. Thanks!
Post # 3
I think it depends on what time of day you’re looking for….if it’s mid-day, July or August could be quite hot. If it’s evening, July or August would be perfect and mid- to late-September could be cool in the evening.
If you have to plan around a holiday, it seems as though people are less likely to be traveling on the 4th of July than they are over Labor Day, which for many families is the "last hurrah" before school and fall set in.
Post # 4
I should clarify – we are thinking of a late afternoon ceremony into the evening for the cocktail hour and reception. Thanks for your comments.
Post # 5
I am having a holiday weekend wedding in upstate ny. This memorial day weekend in Hudson, NY. Most people think its great, our out of town family has extra time to spend together. A few people have questioned it, and a few have said they may not make it because of the holiday. But at this point I need people not to come!
Several things to consider- July is hot and a lot of people do plan extended vacations around the 4th because they get a holiday. The kids are off so they go on a longer vacation.
July and Aug are hot, tents can get very hot, even open sides so you may need ac for the tent even for a late afternoon (though this could vary depending on how far north you are)
Labor day can be iffy if a lot of out of town guests have kids. Some start before some start after, some people plan longer vacations the same reason as the 4th.
Later in sept might be good, its cooler, since school has started but no big tests, they might be cool with having the kids miss a day
Post # 6
I got married Sept 27th 2008 in the Catskills. Other than rain the temps and foliage were great.
I generally think it best to avoid the holiday weekends. While your guests to have more time to travel, the traffic may mean it takes them longer! Also, gas and airfare go up at those times so it can be much more expensive.
Post # 7
I avoided 4th of July weekend and labor Day weekend because like some other posters said it’s actually more difficult (expensive) for people who are traveling in. As a local I went to a labor day weekend wedding last year (on a saturday) and it was great (but again I didn’t have to pay to travel).
My MOH works for a tent rental company and she said that it’s generally 20 degrees cooler under a tent in the summer (as long as you don’t have a clear top).
I say go with a Saturday in August – even if it’s earlier in the month. But if you do a holiday weekend – just make sure you notify your guests ASAP so they can plan properly.
No matter what the weekend you’ll have people that can’t make it for whatever reason so don’t stress about it – an outdoor wedding is going to be great!
Post # 8
I would be concerned about the heat in July or August. I want nice weather, but I don’t want everyone sweating through the ceremony.
Post # 9
one thing I learned, you can’t predict weather! I was totally against a July or August wedding because of the heat. So I had an early June wedding in the Hudson Valley when it should have been highs in the 70s. It was 95 the day I got married thanks to a freak heat wave. And August was beautiful! The holiday weekend debate is really all about your guest list, where they are coming from, etc. Flying can be very $$ on holiday weekends, but if they are comign from far away, the extra day could be nice. also keep in mind that if you are asking people to travel on a holiday weekend for your wedding, you should try to have an inclusive dinner on that sat. too……
I have been to plenty of memorial day/labor day weddings, and I think they are great!
Post # 10
I love 4th of July weddings because most of the brides I’ve seen have made use of the free professional fireworks displays by renting out a space that has a good vantage point. I also appreciate the extra day if I have to travel to a wedding. I would suggest looking at flight prices for the two holiday weekends and for another weekend of your choice to see if the increased cost would be prohibitive for your guests.
Post # 11
i voted for september 19 because i think heat will be less of a factor and i love fall weddings.