Post # 1
I know they say that having weddings over a holiday weekend can be iffy, as people sometimes make plans since it’s a long weekend, and a lot of people in my area of the country go to the lakes.
My wedding is October 17, and August is the best time to have my bachelorette party – as weekends in September and October leading up to the wedding are already packed with stuff going on (of course). There is one weekend at the end of September that could work, but my Fiance has a co-worker getting married that day and we’re invited. Another great Saturday is already booked up by a friend who has an annual bean bag tourney – so I don’t want to compete with that.
Has anyone had a problem getting people to commit to something around a long holiday weekend?
Post # 2
Kacie209: I’m having mine memorial day weekend and only one person couldn’t go. 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Kacie209: I just went to a bachelorette party on Easter weekend. The bride was very disappointed because several people declined because of the holiday. Just make sure to give everyone lots of notice and not be too upset if people can’t make it.
Post # 4
I think it would depend on your guests. Out of my friends, I know that some would be happy to have something fun to do, others would have to skip yearly family events. Ask your friends!
Post # 5
I would just ask your girls if they’re available for whatever weekend you’re planning for.
Post # 6
I just ran it past a few of my friends, and so far most of said that they had no plans that weekend. One lives out of the tri-state area, and I knew she’d be a hit or miss to make it to this party anyway.
But yes, getting the word out early definitely helps!
Post # 7
I tried to plan my cousin’s bachelorette party for 4th of July weekend last year and it was nearly impossible. I know I already have plans for both memorial day and labor day of this year. I think unless you are giving people significant notice (6 months+) you will probably get a good number of declines.
Post # 8
I’m commenting to follow 🙂 I’m hoping to hold my friend’s bachelorette on labor day weekend so I can travel back for it without having to take off of work. The other BMs seem unsure of the date but I’m hoping that if we have enough advance notice that it will work out.
BTW- I’m someone who doesn’t mind holiday weekend weddings because I don’t camp or have longstanding plans for memorial day or labor day so I would prefer a bachelorette party on a holiday weekends.
Post # 9
MrsBeck: Ha, I’m the same way. I don’t do much on long holiday weekends, so it’s usually not an issue. It’s just with some friends having lake homes within a couple hours of where we live, that’s the only issue I have – especially over Labor Day. So, I can see it being good or bad. I know the parties can happen anytime prior to the wedding, too.
I may just decide to have it the first weekend in August instead. This party is not going to be too overly crazy, but I would like to know people could make it. I’m such a planner, ha!
Post # 10
Kacie209: i got married on october 19, last year.
my shower was end of august. my bach party with just my BM’s was the last weekend in september. we only had one weekend available due to jewish holiday and other commitments.
DH’s bachelor party was the first weekend in october. my girls didn’t want me to spend the weekend alone so they ended up getting a bunch of girls together for a sort of second dinner bach party that was local.
it all worked out very nicely.
Post # 11
yeah it totally depends on the person and the holiday. I had a friend get married on Easter weekend and I was like whaaaaaaaaat? My family is Catholic and Easter is a BIG DEAL not only for religious reasons but also because it’s a time when we all get together during the year. It’s almost as hard to miss Easter with family as it would be to miss Christmas. That said, because it was a really dear friend and I had advance notice, I made it work. i was able to celebrate Easter with my family adn attend her wedding in the same weekend. I had to make it a logn weekend and take a day off of work, but I did it because she’s a dear friend. I’d probably also do it for most other holidays if it was a really close friend’s wedding AND I had plenty of notice AND it wasn’t too far away. But if it was just a shower or bachelorette party I’d probably skip it for most holidays.
For some people, a holiday weekend might actually be better since they tend to be 3-day weekends. But again, advance notice and checking in about the person’s priorities are really important
Post # 12
Like others said – I think you need to ask your girls! I usually dont have any significant plans on holiday weekends but a lot of people do stuff with their families (bbqs, etc.) on memorial day or labor day. I wouldn’t mind a bachelorette party on a holiday weekend. However- keep in mind, everything will be WAY more expensive on those weekends!
We are actually doing our wedding on July 5, with rehearsal dinner on July 4 and no one has said no yet!