Post # 1
The FI and I just got engaged last week. We already know we don’t want a long engagement, and know we have to choose a date soon so we can plan. We don’t have any meaningful or important dates coming up. So we are a little stuck. It just feels weird picking a random date. I see it as the date we pick just has to feel right since it is going to be random. I’m curious as to how all you bees picked your date? Does it have meaning, was it random, or was it convenient?
Post # 3
We started with picking a season. We got engaged July 1st and knew we wanted at least a year to plan so the spring was not an option. We both hate being super hot so summer was out. We LOVE the fall so thats what we picked. August is super busy at work so we chose september but the venue we wanted didn’t have any dates available so we picked the first saturday in October.
Post # 4
We got engaged in March 2011. We knew we wanted winter and for it to happen that year, so we settled on December 2011. Once we knew that, we found a venue we loved that had open December dates and just picked one!
Post # 5
Wanted October but wanted the church more. Church did not have any available Saturdays in Oct. so we got the last weekend in September, which actually worked out better because the weather was AMAZING!!!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
We started with season. We knew we wanted a summer wedding and our anniversary happened to fall on a Saturday in 2012. Done!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
We also went with season first… but we had a very long engagement so it was pretty easy to find stuff still available. We wanted september, and the 14th is one of my bm’s birthdays so we decided no to that, and for some reason the 7th wasn’t going to work out… so the 21st it was!
Post # 8
We wanted June. They had every Saturday in June available. Decided June 28 is even longer to wait (it will be 26 months at this point) and its too close to holiday 4th of July. June 7 we decided was too early/might still be a little chilly. So down to June 14 or 21. I liked the way 6/14/14 sounded and that 6/21 was summer solstice. In the end, I chose 6/14 so I didn’t kick myself later for waiting that extra week to marry my lovely FI :).
That story is really unexciting haha
Post # 9
I have two children from a previous marriage (was 20 then, 30 now) and we picked our date based on their spring break at school. Their grandmother is a teacher and her school has spring break the same week (miracle!!!), so she is taking the boys while we go on our honeymoon. So that’s why we picked 3/16 – it is the Saturday before their week of spring break starts.
The date you choose doesn’t have to already be “special”…it will become special by being the day of your wedding 🙂 I say just start with the season you want to be married in and pick a date from there. Good luck and congratulations on your engagement!!
Post # 10
We wanted spring or fall, then based on the “off-peak” rates at the venues and what was available we chose a date. Nothing magical, just whatever worked best!
Post # 11
We got engaged in February but there were a couple other weddings in my family this past summer, so we immediately knew we’d push it to 2013. We knew we wanted a summer wedding, but I knew I didn’t want to get married in July because I have a weird thing about not wanting my anniversary and my birthday in the same month. This left us with June and August. June doesn’t have a long weekend, so we picked the Saturday of the long weekend in August. (All of my family has to travel so we thought a long weekend was the best plan.)
Post # 12
It was just timing.
We got engaged in March. We knew we didn’t want to wait until 2013 to get married. Mid-October is about the time of year when it just starts to get chilly in our region, so we figured if we wanted to get married in 2012, October is the latest we could do it. Anything sooner would have been too little time to plan for us (or order a dress!).
We also thought about when we wanted our anniversary to be. Not too close to the holidays when everyone is buying gifts anyway, but not in September when we both have birthdays.
Post # 13
Our date is actually the anniversary of our first date. I would have done the day we met instead but that is on a Tuesday next year. If I couldn’t do our first date anniversary I would have picked the closest weekend to it so I could keep the celebration close together.
I’m really happy our anniversary is in the Fall because I don’t know what I would have done if it was in July or some ridiculously hot month!
Post # 14
We knew we wanted a Saturday summer date.
So we wrote down all the Saturday dates in the summer of 2013 and we picked 7/27 because my FI loves the numbers 72 and 27.lol
Oh and he also loves the number 13 so 7/27/13 is a great date for us!
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
Well, we didn’t want to have a super long engagement (a year was preferred) and we had to take his military career into account. I have been doing all of the wedding planning since he deployed last March (we were engaged last January). We took a look at a few venues before he left and were debating on where we should get married (VA where we live or FL where my family lives). It may not sound fair that we didn’t take into account his family’s location but I wouldn’t want to be married in MI (no offense to any Michiganders), just not my preference, especially with planning something with him not around and I have zero familiarity. We threw around the idea of Disney World and took a look while visiting my family. Fell in love. Their policy is not to book until 365 days out. Since we didn’t want to wait too long but have enough time after he comes home (yay, in a few days!), we thought Spring 2013 would be a good choice. We chose May because while FL is definitely warm that time of year, it’s not nearly as hot as Jul/Aug and we were going to be indoors. The weekend we chose in May was really the only weekend available, since the first weekend is my sister’s bday (heck no!), the following was Mother’s Day (obviously didn’t want to interfere with anyone’s personal family plans), and the last weekend is a holiday (didn’t want guests to book at hotels with super-high rates). Voila! :-p
Post # 16
We wanted a fall wedding and an outdoor ceremony, which in our area means the last weeks of September or first weeks of October. The second last week of September I knew my godmother couldn’t attend, the last weekend of September is my cousin’s birthday (not a huge deal, but not ideal), and the second weekend of October is Thanksgiving, so we went for the first weekend in October, which is actually great for fall colour and temperature too. It also turned out that it is the seven year anniversary of our first date, so it ended up being meaningful and convenient too!