Post # 1
Hi Everyone! First, thanks to everyone for such a warm welcome as I am a newbee to the site (which I’m now addicted to!, does that wear off?!?) I am recently engaged as of this past weekend, and surprisingly, my Fiance is anxious and excited about setting a date! So, how did you all choose your date/time of the year for your weddings? Were you happy with the time of year you chose or would you change things? How did you decide?
We know we want to have a destination wedding most likely on the Gulf Coast. Having family and friends who were greatly affected by Katrina, we would love to put the cost of our wedding back in the pocket of a resort that could use it badly down in the gulf.
Is there a time of year thats easiest for people to travel do you think?
Post # 3
I didn’t get to say it before, so welcome to WEddingBee! No, the addiction doesn’t wear off…it just gets worse hahaha.
That’s so awesome of you guys to want to help out some of the gulf hotels! We decided on August for our wedding after looking at a few different things.
-We for SURE wanted a summer wedding.
-In August, there’s no kids going back to school/friends going to college
-There’s no holidays
-Travel (gas prices and airfare) usually aren’t as bad as other parts of the Summer
It really is up to you guys, but this is what swayed up to our decision of August. Congrats honey and happy planning!
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Like PP said the date really is up to you! And good for you thinking of your guests and travelling … Fiance and I have to attend a wedding in February … in Florida – the bride and groom to be clearly did not think of it being spring break around that time, our flights were insanely expensive.
That being said, Fiance and I probably didn’t pick the best time of year for travel either given that we’re having a winter wedding, but that’s what we wanted. There’s no real reason for our date, wanted it after Christmas and New Years but still January so we’d hopefully have snow then we checked with the vendors we really wanted availability.
Happy planning! 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Hi there! Congrats! I don’t have much advice about the specific date – ours was dictated by wanting an outdoor wedding in the Rockies (so summer), work schedules (mine is super busy in the early summer), and wanting to use lots of free flowers from my parents’ huge garden (end of summer), so we went with the end of August.
BUT, I would say that although it’s really tempting to jump right in to making firm plans, you should consider just enjoying being engaged for a few weeks while everything sinks in! We ended up having to change our date once, etc and I think it would have been an easier process if we just mulled over the big options (date, venue, etc) without rushing to any decisions right away. My 2 cents 🙂
Post # 6
@Amanda26267: Welcome!! 🙂
Our reasoning for picking the date was a little different since it’s local, but for us we needed an away game week for the WI Badgers football team since our wedding is in DT Madison. If we had it on a home game weekend, hotel rates would sky rocket, and parking/traveling would be a nightmare. Plus, Nov. starts off-season wedding vendor discounts, so that was a plus.
For you guys, I would check out hurricane season and definitely avoid that. You’d hate to have guests traveling during bad weather and/or miss the wedding b/c of it. I’d also check the season change and decide what you’d *hope* the temperature would be around if you’re getting married outdoors. Maybe look into a holiday weekend as well (Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving) so people wouldn’t have to take off as much work. And, consider peeking at airline prices so your guests might not have to purchase plane tickets during a peek time.
Good luck to you guys!!
Post # 7
We wanted to avoid winter and then summertime craziness (graduations, vacations, and tons of weddings). So we knocked out Thanksgiving through March 15 right off the bat, and we knocked out May 15 through Labor Day. We also wanted to avoid bad weather times since everyone would be driving to our wedding at least 2 hours.
September is a really busy month for me at work. So we narrowed it down pretty much to April or October based on those parameters.
Then I started calling around to venues. I found out that in this area, off-season runs November through April. Some vendors (not all) offered a discount in April vs. October.
We also decided we didn’t necessarily want that long of an engagement to wait until October (SO glad now that I’m into planning that we aren’t waiting that long). So we started pushing for April. From there, we narrowed down weekends based on large events going on in the city. Our original date we liked was April 27th, but there was a marathon that basically shut down the city and filled up all hotel rooms that weekend. There were a couple of other things like that.
We also had to take into consideration our venue availability. So that was the process that got us to our final date! We definitely did not pick a date without talking to key vendors first. Got vendor availability, then picked a date.
Post # 8
First off, congratulations! As you start planning more, you will definitely become more addicted. Sorry. 🙂
We wanted a long engagement and wanted a summer wedding because FI’s mom is a teacher and he has 2 younger siblings in school, also a few members of our wedding party are in grad school. We decided on June 21st because it’s the first day of summer, and Friday weddings are cheaper! Since we planned so far in advance (and first choice was a Friday) our 1st choice venue was available and we’ve gotten pretty lucky with choice vendors so far. Good luck beginning planning! It’s fun! (mostly…)