Post # 1
Grr, I’m so frustrated, just have to vent! I need to have my wedding before October 15, 2015, because my brother is getting deployed, and I need him to be there, of course. I’d ideally like to give myself around a year to plan, so that leaves a pretty small window for when we can hold our wedding. My problem is, I’m impatiently waiting for the University of Florida to release the 2015 football schedule! What gives?? Last year it was released in August, but 3 years ago, it wasn’t released until December!
We actually live in Gainesville, and are hoping to hold our wedding here, so it will be nearly impossible to have it on a home game weekend. I want to know now, so I know if we have an available bye week, or if I have to hold it in a different location, or *god-forbid* have it in the sweltering August heat (not like September is much better lol).
I just want to start planning lol!! Anyone else partially at the mercy of someone else’s schedule?
Post # 2
What about May or June? Too soon?
Post # 3
ashbee1022: I had to check the six nations (rugby) fixtures to make sure my FI, his dad and my dad would actually turn up to the wedding and not watch the match instead
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We originally wanted to get married in the same city where we had our epic first date. It holds a lot of beautiful memories for us. But the weekend that worked for our schedule ended up being the same weekend as a huge festival that shuts the city down. Residents of the city park their cars on Thursday and don’t even try to move again until Monday. It’s ridiculous. So we relocated our wedding. We loved the new location for our wedding, so it was a total win in the end. Maybe you could explore non-Gainesville locations and see if any strike your fancy?
Post # 5
That’s really strange they haven’t released the schedule…. wonder why that is.
But, I totally understand! My wedding we planned around the Michigan football schedule. We are big fans and conisdered having our wedding in Ann Arbor – you’re right about it not being a good idea to have a wedding the same day as a home game.
I would suggest looking at venues now for the 4 weeks in question (you know the first 2 weekends in Sept have home games and there are 4 weekends between then and when your brother is gone). You can get an idea for what is available, price ect. Some venues might only be available on certain days. You can make a plan and then pull the trigger the moment you get the schedule.
Post # 6
We go to UGA (see you Nov 1!!) and we decided we couldn’t have it during football season. We ultimately decided we’re going to elope. But we are in a wedding in a couple of weeks and I’m so glad it’s an away game since we wouldn’t be able to go anyways.
Post # 7
I planned mine around NDSU (North Dakota State University) football games, as some of our guests attend them… as well as FI and myself since it’s our college alum. However, our wedding is on a Friday and they do have a game the next day… so we may miss it, but at least we know most of those with season tickets, or just going to the game, won’t have to miss and find others to take those tickets.
I’d get in contact with vendors, as another PP suggested, and just see what they’re availability may be and go from there. Then you can narrow down what weekends may or may not work.
Post # 8
ashbee1022: we’re not engaged yet, but i can definitely empathize! we live in a college football town so football season is a BIG deal here…which is normally fun but not in this particular case because fall is my FAVORITE time of year and this cool weather we’ve been getting makes feel so warm and squishy about planning a fall wedding. but alas. I don’t think i could handle trying to plan around all those football games so when the time comes we’ll have to figure something else out.
The good news is, though, even if the schedule isn’t released until December again (but fingers crossed it comes out soon), I think that 10 months would give you time to get everything in place – especially if you start working on all of the other stuff that you CAN take care of now (dress, flowers, cake, design of invites, etc). Good luck!!!
Post # 9
We had to plan around harvest, planting (so there’s half the year!) not wanting it when it’s cold, there’s another 3 months, so June or July was our only option. Didn’t want it during graduations or holidays (Mother’s Day, father’s day, Memorial Day, 4th of July) so we have a very slim options. Football season would have also been out of the question, but it’s the same as harvest.
Post # 10
Can you do April or May? A year is nice to have but it’s not always necessary. I had a year to plan and I had lots of downtime. You could always see what dates are available if you have a venue in mind. 6 months is completely doable if you want it to be.
Post # 11
We got engaged in February of last year and planned our (outdoor) wedding in July of last year so that we wouldn’t have to worry about football season. My husband actually refused to get married during football season. We’re UGA fans, and we had 1 by-week last year, but my parents had already planned a trip out of town that weekend. We lucked out with the weather – no rain, and it wasn’t as hot as normal. PS – we planned in 5 months, and it was totaly do-able.
Post # 12
ashbee1022: Totally understand! We are getting married in Ann Arbor in October, so we had to make sure our date wasn’t shared with a Michigan home game. Luckily, it’s a bye-week! I hope UF releases the schedule for you soon!
Post # 13
We had this discussion last night! We are huge sports fans and have talked about what games we would have to work around. We’re looking at either next September or October, but then hockey season starts in October so that’s another sport to work around.
Post # 14
I wanted a fall wedding (because I love the season and it made sense based on our engagement timeline) so I literally got 2 weekends to choose from based on his schools football schedule. Literally 2 weekends- the bye weeks. We are season ticket holders and go to most home games, AND most of our guests would either be attending the game or wanting to watch it during the ceremony/reception. Last fall our friends got married during the Florida game and everyone was watching it on their phones w/ earbuds in the church!! hahaha I did NOT want that at my wedding.
I wanted the first bye week date, but the venue was booked. So i had no choice but to go with the second bye week. It is the weekend before a holiday, so not ideal, but if i wanted a fall date it had to be it!
Post # 15
I have the same problem. I already booked my wedding for October 10th, 2015 a couple of months ago. I wanted it outside and since I live in the South I didn’t want all my guests sweating to death. Been in too many including my best friend ( it was 91 that day!) I chose October for the weather (it’s usually low to mid 70s and one of the few months it doesn’t rain as often) and our anniversary date is the 7th so the closest I could get. I have a bridesmaid who keeps gripping because it might fall on a football game. The schedule isn’t out and I had to hurry to book since it a new location everyone wants! Some people need to remember it’s not all about them for once.