Post # 1
So I found out that my chosen venue has already been booked for my #1 date, October 13 (Sunday of Columbus Day weekend) of next year. Now that I’ve properly raged, I’m trying to move forward and find a new date.
A few notes:
All Saturdays are out because of a guest and cost minimum that I can’t meet.
Fiance and I are flying in from another state for the wedding near my hometown, so we have to take more days off work than we ordinarily would. That’s the one of the reasons why we wanted Columbus Day weekend.
Most guests are within 2 hours of the area, save a few friends and relatives who might not make the journey no matter what day of the week.
The Sunday before and Sunday after are available. I’m also considering the Friday before or Monday after my original day (which is Columbus Day). In my mind, the Monday makes the most sense to me.
Parents have two full days off work beforehand to help me get last-minute things done.
Rehearsal dinner during the weekend, no one will have to take off from work to make it on time.
A lot of people would probably have to take that Tuesday off if they want to drink a bunch or stay in a hotel, but again, most guests are local and I’m aiming for an end time of around 9pm. The hotel issue would be the same with a Sunday wedding.
Not sure what cake/photography/DJ prices would be. Better because it’s a Monday? Worse because it’s a holiday? Would some refuse to work that day at all?
I don’t believe there is a difference in cost for Sunday, Monday, or Friday wedding. Just different food/drink minimums that you have to meet.
I want some honest thoughts from this wonderful place (I’m new!). Please don’t tell me to find a new venue. 🙂
Post # 3
Columbus day is not a holiday that is really recognised every where. A lot of people still have work, I know my kids have school. I think by moving it to that Monday, if it works for you closest family members great, but be prepared for it not to work for some of your guests.
Post # 4
I’m going to tell you to find a new venue because I LOVE THAT DATE!!!! Why are you against considering a different spot?
Post # 5
I would say pick another Sunday vs. having it on Columbus Day. I think prices will be higher and there is no bonus (like an extra day off for the holiday) by having it on the Monday. So I say go with another Sunday!
Post # 6
@peachacid: This is my top venue after searching for about 3 months. I’ve looked all over Northern VA (where my family lives) and in Florida (where I will be living) and this venue is really the only one that I would be completely happy to be married in. Northern VA is pretty expensive due to being near DC, and my budget is small. Also with less than a year to go places are going fast! I don’t want to feel pressured to find another place in a small amount of time.
I didn’t really have an attachment to the date, but just the fact that it was on a long holiday weekend. I’m perfectly fine with the 14th or the 20th or any number really 🙂
Post # 7
To be honest, I wouldn’t go to a Monday evening wedding unless I was really close to you. I get up early for work, so even a 9pm end time would be late by the time I got home since I get up at 4 for work, and unless you’re really close to me, I don’t take time off from work easily.
You aren’t going to get much of a discount since it’s a holiday. My venue actually charges more for having an event done on a federal holiday (which Columbus Day is).
Post # 8
Does everyone in your area get that day off? Because we sure don’t. If people are 2 hours away, they certainly won’t be driving home right after the wedding, forcing them to take a day off/stay in a hotel. Honestly, i’d look at a different venue that has your ideal date or a Saturday that you can afford, possibly that is much closer to the bulk of your guest list.
Post # 9
In DC or NoVA, Columbus day should be fine. I would book it. People can make it to work the next day if you end at 9.
Post # 10
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You have a tough decision to make. I guess Im going to vote for Friday. People will have to only take .5-1 day off work as opposed to 1-1.5 days off work if you did it on Columbus Day. Like PPs have said, that isnt normally a day people get off; Im a state employee and dont have it off.
Post # 11
Would you be willing to move it to the weekend of Veteran’s Day? I think way more people get that monday off. I’m getting married the Saturday before veteran’s and it has helped us a lot, and no one has charged us more for being a holiday weekend.
Post # 12
I say stick with your venue and pick another date. When I went venue shopping I searched based on the Venue being my #1 goal, and chose the date based on their available days that matched my criteria.
Also I don’t get Columbus Day off myself. For people like me even if you had gotten Sunday it wouldn’t have made much of a difference/convenience for me. Not thaht I’m ivited lol, just an example.
Post # 13
Can you push it back a month and do the Sunday of Veterans Day? Veterans Day is 11/11/13 which is a Monday..so you could do 11/10/13?
It’s a completey different month though..and colder.. but I seriously considered 11/11/12 for my wedding because it was the same idea. (Veterans Day is on a Sunday this year so people get off Monday for it..)
In my area, Veterans Day is more of a day off than Columbus Day.