Post # 1
Hi Bees. I need the help of the Americans bees on the board! I just got engaged, my FI is American and I am Mexican. We want our wedding to take place in Mexico sometime next summer (2011). His family, most of his friends and some of my friends live in the USA, and their attendance is extremely important to us, so it seems wise to choose a long weekend in the USA in order to make the lives of our guests a bit easier.
Memorial weekend would be pretty much perfect if it wasn’t because one of our American friends is getting married and our mutual friends have confirmed their assistance (including us!!). The only other long weekend in the summer of 2011 is Independence Day. The 4th of July is a Monday.
I’ve seen that Americans are very patriotic and love the Independence holiday, and they have all kinds of traditions like barbacues and fireworks. I’m worried they might not want to spend it outside the country.
I want to know your opinions please. I know that maybe the logical answer would be: it depends on how close you are, etc. But let’s assume for the sake of argument that we’re talking about good friends that we you don’t hang out as often because we’re far away and we catch up with them every couple months our so through email, and not about those that we’re bff and know that will come.
What do you think bees? Do I have a legit reason to worry about attendance or am I exagerating? Thanks!
Post # 3
Sure, a lot of people I know schedule their vacations around July 4th holiday so they can combine the time off work with an extra day, and many travel outside the county. Mexico is a fun vacation destination, I would attend if I was your friend 🙂
Post # 4
I think that if you give them enough notice, they will make every effort to attend.
Post # 5
I would go! Sure I love 4th of July but I can have a bbq with family/friends anytime 🙂
Post # 6
Hey Cherry — you engaged bee, you! 🙂 I think that many of your guests would be planning to stay for more than just a long weekend, if they’re already going all the way to Mexico. One of our friends had a DW here in Hawaii last year and the vast majority of guests stayed for a whole week. So with that in mind, maybe having one freebie day off might not be worth worrying about them missing out on their holiday, since they’re likely to take several days off work anyway? That’s kinda the way I see it. I’d be turning my yearly vacation into going to Mexico for your wedding, and I’d be taking a week off no matter what. Plus, airfare can be higher around holidays, so it might cancel out the free day off! Somethin to think about. (I also love my 4th of July fireworks, and I’ll admit, I would be a little bummed to miss that!)
Post # 7
Thanks for being so considerate for our holiday! For a wedding during the weekend of July 4th, I would go to a DW. Probably I would make it a long weekend and to reduce the flight cost, I would probably make it so I leave on July 4h. I would just arrive like on a Wednesday or something.
Post # 8
I think that 4th of July comes around every year whereas your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event so it wouldn’t make any sense to me if they declined just because they want to host a barbecue, etc. Having said that, I’m not American so I have no idea how they might react.
Post # 9
I think it would be fantastic and I think people would love to attend if they had enough notice to plan ahead. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate a wonderful occasion in Mexico!?? Sounds fabulous!
Post # 10
Yes, they would. Maybe I’m not that patriotic, but I don’t even really make an effort to celebrate the 4th of July.LOL I’d love to actually go to a DW somewhere on that day!
Post # 11
Congratultions! I would absolutely go to a wedding outside the US during the 4th of July. If you want a nod to the holiday- you can have sparklers or fireworks for your reception!
Post # 12
I would, I spent one 4th of July in Japan even. It’s a totally bummer to be out of the country on the 4th but for a wedding it makes sense. However, flights are traditionally the most expensive in July as that is peak summer travel and when all kids are out of school. Have you considered Labor Day for a holiday weekend? It is the first weekend in September in the US and may be the long weekend you are looking for, still summer weather without the heat and tourists of July.
Post # 13
I know we would be able to go to the long weekends BUT there is A LOT of people who have BBQ’s and family things EVERY 4th and do not make exceptions about not going. I would say it could work but you really need to check with FH’s side on what they normally do on the 4th.
Post # 14
Our wedding was on Saturday July 3rd this year and we didn’t run into any problems (if the holiday falls on a Sunday, many people may choose to celebrate on Saturday). We just sent out STD’s plenty in advance.
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I think it’s fine and it’s actually very considerate to choose a long weekend so your guests won’t have to take off work!
Post # 16
I think that most people would enjoy vacationing for the 4th of July in Mexico!