Post # 1
I recently started looking for venues and found one that I love. I am looking at doing it on a Sunday to cut cost and they have two holiday weekends open…Memorial weekend and Columbus weekend. I havent done any planning so Im worried Memorial Day weekend is too close and also a very busy weekend. On the flip side, I feel like Columbus Day is not a guaranteed 3 day weekend for some people but is probably more low-key. Am I right? Do most people not get off for Columbus day? Which day should I pick?…any input would be sooo helpful. Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
Sadly, you are right that not everyone gets Columbus Day off…We have a Sunday wedding this Columbus Day and a bunch of our friends are either taking Monday off or leaving early bc they have to work the next day…You could have it during the day tho, if you’re worried about that…Or go for Memorial Day, 9 months is enough time, I think…I guess it also depends if you care if you have a spring or fall wedding, etc…Good luck!
Post # 4
I would go Memorial Day. 9 months is a good amount of time to start planning I didnt get serious about planning until April- May and just started doing a lot of my crafts for my November wedding.
Post # 5
I was in a wedding on Colombus day weekend last year. It was on that Sunday. It was packed, and definitely not a “low key” wedding. True, not everyone gets that monday off, but I think people will make the effort if they want to be there. It also depends if your wedding is local or not. If most people have to travel, I’d say don’t do it. If not, I say go right ahead.
Post # 6
Most people are traveling via car from NJ and PA to a NY wedding. I dont want to inconvience my guests or have them leave early but a Sunday wedding is sooo much cheaper…I’m leaning towards Columbus Day…it gives me more time…and I’m giving people alot of time so either they want to be there or not…right?
Post # 7
Not everyone gets that monday off like the OP said (varies by your company and what part of the country you live in. I do not get it off). But, i’d still come to your wedding ;-). I do think it is a lower key weekend, in that people don’t make big plans for it to the same degree that they do Memorial Day, and I think if people want to be there, they will. It’s definitely not as inconvenient as a Friday wedding!
Post # 8
I was choosing between those same two holiday weekends when I was planning. Most of my family is Out of Town and I wanted them to have an extra day of travel. We ended up choosing Columbus Day weekend (the saturday though) because it’s a more low key weekend, and because most people already had Memorial day plans (bbqs and gatherings and things) that I didn’t want to mess with.
We’ve gotten a few more no’s than expected, but so far everyone seems really happy to travel that weekend and celebrate with us. 🙂
Post # 9
i think memorial day weekend is the better choice. if you send out your Save-The-Date Cards far enough in advance, it shouldn’t be an issue because people will plan for your wedding instead of making other bbq/holiday plans. Plus, everyone gets memorial day off and schools are closed, so families will feel better about traveling for a wedding.
if you do decide to go with columbus day and a sunday wedding, my recommendation is to do it earlier during the day so people will still have enough time to travel home because like others said, many people no longer get columbus day off (and most schools do not close for columbus day). my suggestion would be something like an 11am ceremony, 1pm lunch reception, everyone out the door by 4 or 5pm. that would probably work well.