Post # 1
I just got engaged last night and I was curious as to how you chose your wedding date? We are going for either spring or fall 2012 so we have plenty of time to finish my degree, buy a house, and plan of course! I have looked at our anniversary and it will be on a Monday and I do not want that. I want a Saturday wedding (yes, I know they can cost more). Our “first I love you” anniversary is in August, a summer wedding which FI does not want. And he proposed in December which is in the winter, which FI does not want…
How did you and your FI choose a date?
Post # 3
We’re just going with the soonest possible time that we’ll have enough money saved up, which means we’ll have a January 2012 wedding. I would have loved something in the fall, but that wasn’t an option money-wise in 2011, and we didn’t want to wait that long in 2012.
Post # 4
Congratulations!! Ours will be when he gets out of his Marine training =)
Post # 5
Congrats!! I ran through all sorts of number combinations because I have a thing for cool looking number/date combos.
If that isn’t your thing start narrowing it down to a season (which you did). Find a month that doesn’t have too much going on (birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, holidays, etc.). Now you have a month with some Saturday dates and you can let your venue’s availability make the choice for you. Hope that helps!
Post # 6
I don’t think a wedding date has to be on any anniversary date. I didn’t even consider that when choosing my date.
I think @katsupgirl has really good advice. Since you’re planning 2012 finding a venue shouldn’t be a problem. So decide if you want spring or fall, think about your budget and when you’ll have the money saved up when picking this. Then take into consideration anything you or family have going around during that time. And pick a date! Good luck planning.
Post # 7
Haha our reason was kind of silly i guess. We REALLY want to go to Munich for octoberfest… and that is only a few weeks a year….
Just as good as any i suppose
Post # 8
It’s too hot in the summer in Texas and too cold (for me) in the winter. In the spring it is still to chilly for me to be outside in the evening…so we went with Fall.
My bday is in August, our dating anniversary is in September, and his bday is in October so the fall wound up being a really special time for us as a couple.
We decided to go with late September/early October to hopefully catch the best weather as we wanted an outdoor, tented event. We picked a venue and they had September 24th available and the first weekend in October NOT available.
I had two cousins that expressed that they would not be able to attend the wedding if we booked a date in October due to their work schedules..so we decided to avoid October if possible.
So..the last Saturday in September (the 24th of next year) was available at our venue and so it became our wedding date.
A good time naturally kind of presents itself once you’ve narrowed things down a bit. But I felt really overwhelmed at first trying to pick some random date to get married.
So that’s my long version!
Post # 9
Hi! We chose 2012 due to my FI’s grad school schedule. We got engaged in August 2010.
I am a teacher, so a summer wedding would be the best time. I would have my days free to do that last minute running around, and we could take a honeymoon right away. We are getting married in the Midwest, so July and August were out (waaaay too hot!). That left June. I wanted to avoid the first weekend in June, because it was too soon after school got out. Plus, if we have a ton of snow days, it could interfere with our plans.
Then, Father’s Day weekend was out (I didn’t want people to have to worry about both), as was the last weekend of June (I wanted to be home from our honeymoon in time to celebrate the 4th of July with everyone). That left the weekend of June 9th and June 23rd. When checking with our reception venue, they had a gymnastics convention booked the weekend of June 9th. That turned me off to that date, since I didn’t want to have a bunch of pre-teens running around. That leaves the 23rd! I know that something could come up and I would be faced with that problem, but at least it’s not a guaranteed thing :-).
Plus, we started dating on October 22nd, my birthday is on the 20th of March, his is the 22nd of April, so those early 20’s dates seem to work well for us!
Post # 10
I’m a teacher so I wanted a summer wedding. My FI works for a tv station so it also could not be certain times of the year during ratings. Since I wanted a wedding in NY I am having a Sunday wedding Saturdays get booked way in advance and we booked 10 months in advance.
Post # 11
@Lisamr: Like Lisa I teach so the summer days are the best to get married no stressing over lesson plans other than your wedding objective also I wanted an outside wedding so I had to be careful since I will have trumpet vases and I did not want the wind to mess up my day so I started to look into the late JUne-August wedding did not care if it was hot as long as there was no wind to knock down my decor or blow it down. So far from my calendar updated that I have kept since 2008 the best month is in July for Us.
However, you difenitely do not want to do your wedding on a HOliday the reason is simple your guest have family and it is likely they will be no shows
However only you know what is best for you and your future family.Congratulations on your engagement and let the wild planning begin!
Post # 12
We were engaged Sept of 2009 and my FI had one full year of internship where he couldn’t take any days off so it had to be after that. I didn’t want to get too close to the holidays (It’s so busy before) so the earliest and latest of 2010 was the first week of October. But then FI wouldn’t have time to enjoy being done with school and getting married and then starting a job and trying to take off time would be tricky. So the next soonest month was January. There were 5 Saturdays in January so we picked the middle. And then decided on Sunday to save money.
Post # 13
We had no special equation or any significant thought behind our date. I didnt even really think about picking an anniversary date. I just wanted a nice Saturday that wasn’t too close to our birthdays or other holidays. I figure in 30 years, we’ll celebrate our wedding anniversary, not the first date or first kiss or first whatever anniversary.
We got engaged in Nov 2009 and liked the idea of a fall wedding. When we looked at the calendar of our ceremony site Oct 9th was already taken and October 28th is my sisters birthday. So October 16th seemed like the perfect fit. I love fall and I love that we got married during a less popular time of year.
Post # 14
I’m from Missouri so I know what you mean about the summer months being too hot!
Post # 15
First we decided we wanted to get married in the summer so we could do an outdoor ceremony. Next we decided on June because May is too rainy and July and August are too hot. Plus were students so we wanted to do it when we were off of school. My FI graduates with his undergrad degree the first weekend, so we were thinking the third or fourth Saturday. I really wanted a Saturday so most people would be off work already. Then we realized the last Saturday was our anniversary so we picked that. Now we don’t have to memorize a new date. 🙂 I think starting with a season and then a month really helped with narrowing it down.
Post # 16
We chose May 12,2012
A) $ Had to plan around having $
B) May 17 is our Anniv but that wouldnt have worked (thurs)
C) Summers can be brutal on the East Coast
*So one morning I woke up and was like MAY 12! so I looked it up on my phone and it was a Saturday then as I was thinking May is the fifth month of the year and 12 so 5 + 12= 17 Which is our Anniv!!!! Yayy for weird dreams!