Post # 1
We tentatively set a date of July 5 2014. Our main concern is that people will not want to come over their holiday weekend. Our thinking was that 4th of July is a Friday, and most people will have a 3 day weekend, so Out of Town guests would have another day to travel and not smush it all in 2 days. My Maid/Matron of Honor said it might be a problem because people like to spend that day at the lake of something. I was thinking we could have our “rehearsal dinner” on the 4th, and just have a BBQ at a club house with a pool, or even out at the lake, and do the whole firework thing. I thought it might be fun since everyone will get together and they will still be able celebrate like normal. Another problem is, what if certain people get a little too drunk that night and feel/look like crap the next day at the wedding? I really like that date for some reason, but it’s not like I wouldnt be open to changing it if it means it will be more convenient to guests. There is no special connotation with the 5th, it was just a date we thought of, btw. What do you all think? Will this date be a potential problem? Or should I just stick with it since everyone will know about the wedding well in advance and can change their 4th of July plans for one year….Thanks!
Post # 3
I think that’s a halfways decent time for a wedding. People from out of town have plenty of time to travel in, don’t have to book off work… Maybe that’s just me, but I wouldn’t mind it!
We have the civic holiday here at the beginning of August and our wedding is the last Sunday in July, so I felt a bit weird about people needing to book time off right before the holiday… but we’re aiming low on our guest list, so in all honesty if people aren’t willing to book a day off or do a bit of driving to get to the wedding, all the easier on us! lol
Post # 4
I’m sure it will be fine. I’d definitely be excited for a July 5th wedding!
I love weddings on 3 day weekends!
Post # 5
People shouldn’t give you a problem. And if they know they have a wedding to attend the next day, they should control their drinking on the 4th.
Post # 6
If most people are local, I think it would be fine.
But otherwise, your out of town guests will either have to travel on the 3rd and make a 5 day weekend, or they will have to travel on the 4th itself. I know its not Christmas, but I’d be a little irritated if I had to spend July 4th at an airport or all day in the car, while family and friends are drinking and BBQing.
Post # 7
@kerensa: Really the most “out of town” anyone will be is about 2 hours, 4.5 hours tops. I have a couple people invited that are relatives I have not seen in years and kind of just invited to be polite, and they would have to fly in, but I doubt they will be coming anyways. I should have specified what Out of Town meant. But I agree, if I had to be in an airport I would be mad too.
@Rubbs: I’m not worried about that many people, just a few of his friends like beer and fun a little too much 😉 They are not IN the wedding (except for one guy, but I’m sure he would keep it under control) so I think you’re right that they would try and be careful.
Post # 8
One of my best friends got married the Saturday after Thanksgiving and most guests had to come from out of town- it was great! I missed Thanksgiving with my family, but I got to go someplace warm and I was with friends- so missing one holiday wasn’t the end of the world!