(Closed) Best Date for a DW: Over a Holiday or Anytime?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

the biggest advice i got about picking a date for a destinaton wedding was NOT to do it on holiday weekends! prices for travel go way up!

i ended up picking mid-April.  for people who are staying a full week, they are coming back the day before easter. i checked prices of plane tickets with all my options and there was not much difference so i went with it.

i also chose mid-April because that’s when the prices start to go down after the march break madness.

Post # 4
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would vote if everyone has to travel, do not pick a holiday weekend.

Airline prices skyrocket, hotel prices go up, rental car prices go up, and taking one day off around a holiday is always in demand so it may actually be harder for some working people to take that day off if their office needs to be staffed.

I’d vote pick a non-holiday weekend and people will take the days off to come and maybe make a longer vacation out of it.

Post # 5
1537 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m doing a Destination Wedding and at first we had the same question. After a lot of research I found out that most all-inclusive resorts are way more expensive over holidays, especially Christmas/NYE. If you’re not worried about costs than I think it’s a great idea.

We wanted things to be affordable for our guest so we switched gears from a NYE wedding to a wedding this April. It’s going to be almost half the price for our guests. Also, I know at a few resorts (and the one we are being married at) it’s $400-$600 less to get married Mon-Wed. We’re going to be in Mexico so we ended up planning the wedding for a Tuesday because people are already going to have the whole week booked off anyway. It’s not like being back home and expecting people to attend a wedding that isn’t on a Friday or Saturday so we went with the flexibility that a Destination Wedding offered us and in the end we’re saving about $1000 for doing it on a Tuesday and our preferred venue was more readily availble.

Post # 6
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

Look into what is considered off season for the area.  We went one week before high season started and things were so affordable and quite.  Also if your looking on the east coast becareful of hurricane season.

Post # 7
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with not the holiday weekend because airfare goes way up, but then people already have an extra vacation day.  So, I can see the lure of a holiday weekend too.  We did something similar to meerkat in that we looked for what is the “offseason” because the hotel prices are cheaper and more reasonable.  We are getting married at the beginning of May in Grand Cayman.  It seems prices dropped May 1, so we went with May 7.  :o)  I also think the airfare is a little better then, but it is a bummer that people do not get an extra vacation day to use. 

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