(Closed) Dilemma: Wedding Date…on a holiday?

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

There’s pros and cons to a holiday wedding but it’s really what you and the Fiance want.  We had ours on a holiday and don’t regret it one bit!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I am inclined to think that it is ok, because Memorial Day is not a religious holiday or one that necessarily requires family to travel and get together (ie Thanksgiving.) Also, since people will have the Monday off from work they are more likely to be able to travel to a wedding and still have time to get back for work, etc.  You are always going to have people who will have set plans on any holiday but in my opinion Memorial Day weekend is one of the safest holidays you could do. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it should be fine. I would give your guests plenty of warning though so that they save that date for you guys! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Are you going for an outdoor wedding? If so & the weather is a major factor, then yes. But, if it is indoors, then I’d go with the non-holiday wedding only because travel & hotel are more expensive & harder to come by on holiday weekends & Memorial Day weekend is notorious for overcrowded flights & bumper-to-bumper traffic.

I’m getting married on New Year’s Day, but it makes sense for us since most of our relatives come to where we live for the holidays & usually leave on 1/2 or 1/3, so it is actually more convenient & less expensive for them since they’ll only have to travel once.

 

Whichever date you choose, I’m sure you’ll have a beautiful wedding and the people nearest & dearest to you will make every effort to share your special day with youSmile

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

My parents were married on Labor Day weekend.  Even though it’s a big vacation weekend, almost everyone still attended….though the guests did grumble about it a bit.  Actually, a few years ago I threw my parents a 25th anniversary party and invited many of the same guests.  They joked about “my parents marriage ruining yet another long weekend,” but they all attended and we had a great time. 

Some guests might prefer having a wedding on a long weekend, if they have to travel.  Then again, alot of people plan vacations around long weekends so they can take advantage of the extra vacation day.  Tough call.  It worked for my parents, and now they will always have a long weekend for their anniversary.  You are only asking your guests to attend one time after all.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

My parents were married on Labor Day weekend.  Even though it’s a big vacation weekend, almost everyone still attended….though the guests did grumble about it a bit.  Actually, a few years ago I threw my parents a 25th anniversary party and invited many of the same guests.  They joked about “my parents marriage ruining yet another long weekend,” but they all attended and we had a great time. 

Some guests might prefer having a wedding on a long weekend, if they have to travel.  Then again, alot of people plan vacations around long weekends so they can take advantage of the extra vacation day.  Tough call.  It worked for my parents, and now they will always have a long weekend for their anniversary.  You are only asking your guests to attend one time after all.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m getting married on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. I”m not sure how many of your guests will be traveling but 75% of mine will be.

I was worried at first about the cost of travel and hotels but I’ve already secured a hotel block for a discounted rate. Even though it is a holiday weekend the hotels were okay with negotiating. I also traveled this past memorial day weekend and I purchased my flights well in advance and I didn’t pay any more than usual. This may not always be the case though. Everyone has responded positively about the holiday weekend….it gives them an extra day to travel. Also, I would send out STD sooner rather than later.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think if anything the holiday weekend will give your guests more wiggle room to travel if necessary. I would definitely send out save the dates though.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

As a guest, I enjoy holiday weekend weddings, actually. As long as it’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas, and even then, I’d be okay with it. Some people might get in a tizzy because “how dare you intrude on our holiday weekend!” but those people can simply decline to come. No drama necessary. I like it because I have an extra day off work to do things around the house and perhaps, well … recover? 🙂

I say go for the Memorial Weekend wedding. You might have a few people protest, but there will always be someone complaining about something.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are actually having a July 3 wedding.  We thought hard about that and still don’t quite agree though we are past the point of no return :).  Since we were locked into a Sunday wedding, July 3 made since so people didn’t have to bail early for work the next day.  We are sending are Save the Dates way in advance to give pleantly of notice. 

Since you are wanting a Saturday wedding you could go either way, though better weather is more likely on the 28th.  And Mother’s Day falls on the 8th next year.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Just remember costs go up A LOT on memorial day weekend & holidays! I found this out returning from my honeymoon… hotel prices double & so do plane flights. Plus its so busy & crowded & extra traffic. That’s the downside, but if you book early the cost probably wouldn’t be so bad.

One of my good friends got married on labor day weekend a few years ago & almost everyone was in town & it was fine. A little more traffic on the streets, but other than that, the holiday helped some long distance relatives get the time off work to make it to the wedding. So, in that case it was really good. I was really sad cause I couldn’t make it since I already had already made plans :(. That’s the one holiday I plan ahead every year (a year in advance).

So, in some cases its good & for others, its tough. But, your wedding is about you, so go for the day you want!

EDIT: If its between mothers day & memorial day, I’d definately go with memorial day for the wedding, that’s just my personal opinion.

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