Post # 1
Hello to the several date twins for July 4th, 2009!
I had a question pertaining to the date itself. A few of our friends were shocked and surprised that we chose July 4th. However, our venue is located in the heart of downtown and there are two separate firework displays visible from our venue. We were excited to choose this date because we thought it would create some wonderful photo opportunities! (We also sent save-the-dates a full year in advance and have blocks reserved in two different hotels for Out of Town guests)
Has any reacted negatively toward your choice of July 4th? How did you choose to respond?
Post # 3
This is strictly my personal opinion: I don’t like holiday weddings, thought I do understand that for some couples those dates may work out best for their busy schedules. However, I’ll be more "inclined" to consider attending a holiday wedding if I knew of the wedding many months in advance. With that being said, I dislike holiday weddings such as Memorial Day or Thanksgiving because although it’ll be an extended holiday where many people will have an extra day off from work/school, that’ll also mean horrible/congested travel conditions and expensive tickets, especially for out-of-towners who are required to fly. I’m usually allotted a specific amount of days for paid vacation/time-off, and usually, I prefer to simply relax or take a mini trip, rather than be "obligated" to attend a wedding, unless it were for a very close friend or relative.
Usually, the 4th of July is one of those few times during the year when all of my family members from various locations are able and willing to congregate together and enjoy a relaxing backyard barbeque and watch fireworks. For your July 4th wedding, I’ll totally expect your family and close friends to attend, but don’t be very surprised or "hurt" if some of the regular guests don’t show up. Just don’t take anything personally and know that those who matter will come and celebrate with you!
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2009 - Stage 6 at Steiner Studios
I’m not exactly a 7/4/09 twin (or triplet, it seems) but am a fellow July 4th weekend twin. We haven’t heard any rumblings about it being a holiday weekend, and the majority of our guests will be out-of-towners (almost 50% from the other coast!). We too thought it was a great idea because guests will have a long weekend off from work so they would be able to make a mini-vacation out of it. Sounds like you’ve given a lot of thought into making it as easy as possible for them to attend the wedding, so you’ve done your part. Those that want to be there to celebrate with you will be there. And your pictures are going to be amazing with the fireworks going on!
Post # 6
At first people were saying things (negative things) and now everyone is pumped. I think that this day will be pefect for all of us!!
Post # 7
I think a July 4th wedding would be a blast! It is an overrated holiday if you ask me as long as you understand that some people won’t be able to attend.
Post # 8
I’m having my wedding July 3! But everyone that we told that it was going to be on a holiday weekend was really excited because they were going to have that time off! And plus it was a bonus weekend for them too! In addition, we sent out Save-the-Dates out really early and I think that really helped to let people know ahead of time about our wedding and put it on their calendar! I’m really excited! 🙂
Post # 9
I think it’s a great idea. Out of town guests have more time to enjoy the wedding and have a mini vacation. I was also thinking of having my wedding fall on a holiday that most people get off on (memorial day, 4th of july, labor day, etc). That way I won’t feel so guilty having so many guests fly in for a short stay just to see our wedding. It gives them more time to really enjoy themselves and not rush back to the airport. I also love that your guests will be able to enjoy the firework display.
Post # 10
I think July 4 is the perfect holiday to get married on.
Post # 11
I think it’ll be fine. Most people do the cookout/fireworks show, nothing they can’t miss for a year… plus you’ll be able to see fireworks at your venue! I doubt most care if it’s on 4th of July! It’s not a holiday like Christmas. I think it’s neat!
Post # 12
My opinion is that you can have your wedding on a holiday, but don’t get upset when people don’t come because they have family obligations, or other things that they normally do on those holidays. I don’t get a lot of vacation time off from work, so I am annoyed when people plan weddings over holidays. I feel like its stealing away a long weekend that we would have. However, I wouldn’t rumble about it to anyone, I probably just wouldn’t go if I had other plans.
Post # 13
I understand that most people make plans for July 4th (cookouts, going to the lakehouse, etc.). However, do you feel this would be an issue if you knew about the date a full year in advance?
Post # 14
I didn’t get engaged until September, and we haven’t had any pushback from friends or family about our July 4 weekend date. I figure there will be some distant relatives that won’t come, but no more than on any other date. Letting people know in advance would help, I would think.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
I usually don’t do anything for the 4th. If anything, the man and I will go have hotdogs and beers with some of his family. A 4th of July wedding would be good for me, especially if i had to travel for it, because I don’t get tons of time off from work and so the ‘free holiday’ day would help me be able to attend.
Post # 16
Honestly, I love the 4th of July and if a friend of mine were having a wedding that weekend I would be SO excited! I actually got engaged on the 4th so it’s a very special day to me. I went to a wedding in Florida over Memorial Day weekend (I live in Ohio) and thought it was great. Everyone is different and everyone has their opinion, good or bad. I say if you gave guests a YEAR to figure it out, no one should be complaining. Have SO much fun!