Post # 1
Hi Bees, yesterday I found out that I have to change my wedding date from April 6, 2013 because of a stupid college basketball thing happening in Atlanta and there being no hotel rooms or reasonable airfare available for guests during that time. All of our guests are from out of town because we just moved to Atlanta a year ago.
My venue is now booked from March-June, it fills up quick, we booked our date a year ahead. My only other options are having the wedding sometime in July when it’s 100 degrees outside (although we are indoors in a ballroom for the ceremony/reception, what about photos or even stepping outside?) or in October (but I can’t imagine having my wedding colors being burnt orange or red with pumpkin centerpieces) or moving the wedding to 2014.
I’m sooo upset, I’ve been crying all morning. 4 months of planning has been torn apart, from selecting the flowers to putting together a menu. I always saw myself as a spring bride and everything, including my dress, had been picked out with that in mind. Now everything has to be changed. I don’t even want to have this wedding now. Sorry, just wanted to get this off my chest.
Post # 3
You can have whatever color scheme you want in October. But if you’re deadset on being a spring bride, then I understand why October wouldn’t work. I saw in your other thread that Easter weekend is open – why can’t you move to that weekend?
Where is the closest hotel that has availability? Would it be possible to shuttle people in from that location?
What about available vacation rentals or condos?
What about arranging for Out of Town guests to stay with family and friends who are local? It’s a lot to ask, to be sure, but it sounds like the situation is dire.
If none of these are possible, I think you should seriously consider moving your wedding to another location. Final Four weekend is a BIG deal and I can’t imagine that logistics will get any easier – only worse.
Post # 4
@sportsgal31: I agree. You can do whatever wedding colors you want, but if it’s the season that’s a problem, maybe wait. The Final Four is huge and it will be pretty crazy in town during that time, I should think. True fact: I nixed March and early April as possible dates early on because of the tournament because I’m a huge college basketball fan. I’m not going down there, but plenty of people will be and your concerns about the hotel situation are valid.
I say, have the wedding you want, no matter when it is. If you’re dead set on having a spring wedding, move the date to 2014.
Post # 5
@sportsgal31: We can’t do Easter weekend, a lot of our friends are with their families that time. The closest hotels are near the airport but none will let us block out rooms and 3 have explicitly warned that they won’t have anything available unless our guests book in the next 2-3 weeks. This is for like Budget Inn. We won’t even be able to get in touch with some of our guests in the next 2 weeks, let alone get them to make all travel arrangements at airport motels. Flights are already at least $450 too. Rentals are out of the question, finding 40 rentals in Atlanta would be impossible. We only have a handful of friends here, we just moved here a year ago. We can’t move the wedding or we lose our $5800 deposit. It’s a lost cause at this point unless a miracle happens and basketball is cancelled.
Post # 6
Do you guys think that having coral and gold and ivory colors in October would just look absolutely silly?
Would you stay away from July weddings in the South? Even if they are indoors?
Post # 7
Waiting a year might suck, but your venue probably has space in the calendar for spring 2014 and that way you wouldn’t lose your deposit, or most of it.
If you don’t want to wait that long, I would think about July. Yes, the heat sucks – but summer is often the easiest time of year for your guests to arrange their travel. (Not sure if you’re including kids in the wedding, but they will be on vacation from school, etc.)
And if you go with October – which is a lovely time of year for weddings, I’ve heard it called “the new June” – you can still choose the colors you like and everything. There is no law requiring you to use orange and pumpkins – in fact, that would be a little trite.
It can be really hard to let go of something when your heart is set on it, but sometimes that opens up really great new possibilities that you weren’t even aware of previously.
Post # 8
Coral, gold, and ivory in October will be lovely.
Post # 9
I missed the memo that I should be having pumpkin centerpieces at my October wedding 🙂
Honestly, you can have any kind of colors you want, any time of the year. You’ll want to double check with your florist that any must-have flowers will be available in October.
Post # 10
1. I love your avatar — she is my hero! 🙂
2. I would definitely have no prob going to a July wedding in the south! I think that’s probably your best option. This way, you’ll only have to wait a couple extra months, and it’s still close to your vision of a spring wedding (summer being closer to the original idea than fall).
3. If you decide to go with October, your colors will look lovely. YOu do not need to have pumpkins and burnt orange!
Post # 11
I think your color scheme will look fine in Sept/Oct. If your wedding is inside, I’d go for it in July. The colors will also look great then.
Post # 12
So agree about the colors, who says they have to be fall colors? You can do whatever you want now days. Don’t let stuff like colors keep you from being happy! Your in the South that stuff just dosen’t apply in warmer climates.
Post # 13
@atlbride2013: I would say just do it in July. If your wedding is indoors like mine was than you will be fine. Yeah if you want pictures outside it will be hot, but just try to do it quickly if you have to and get back inside. Waiting months to have your wedding just to avoid the heat when you are having an indoors wedding seems like a waste.
Post # 14
Okay, given all that, I would move it to July. Your guests won’t need to be outside so the only issue with the heat would be your pictures, and there are ways to work around that.
Best of luck!
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Wedding in July. Cute parasols to shade you from the sun during pictures. I know it will be crazy hot but since everything except for pictures is inside it should be fine.
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
@KCKnd2: Agreed:-“Coral, gold, and ivory in October will be lovely.”
If the ceremony/reception are indoors, I wouldn’t worry about July. (If you told me it was an hour long outdoor ceremony, I wouldn’t be thrilled, but I’d still go.) You can get beautiful parasols for your photos, and could do 10-15 minutes outside, then go back inside, etc. Our photographer brought us outside two times later in the evening for photos, when the light changed.