Post # 1
Among the many decisions we have to make for the wedding, the biggest is our date. At the moment we have an August Saturday date on hold but there is also a late October (i.e. last weekend of October) date available.
I know a lot of the decision has to do with our preference but I am wondering if there are any thoughts that we may have not considered.
We are planning to get married in Baltimore, MD…so Bees…..August or October?
Thanks in advance for the help!
Post # 3
Yikes – August in DC/Baltimore is a bit of a risky because it’s sooooo humid and muggy (I grew up in Bethesda). I’d go October!
Post # 4
Late October will be so beautiful if the leaves are changing! October weather is probably my favorite. Warm enough to be comfortable, but with a chill in the air that makes everything feel so crisp and clean.
Post # 5
I had an October wedding in DC because it would be cooler (and it was still 80 degrees at my October 9th wedding). August can be wayyyy too hot in Baltimore for August! Generally, early October in this area still feels like summer and still has many 80+ degree days.
That said, in DC hotel rates are actually much cheaper in August than in October. Is that the case in Baltimore? If I had an August wedding rather than October, I would have saved my guests a lot of money.
Post # 6
I vote October. August is always still too hot. You said the last weekend of October, correct?..you could use that to your advantage – have a FUN halloween themed reception, get loads of candy on the cheap for a candy buffet, etc. Regardless, I vote October.
Post # 7
I like Oct. cuz it gets darker sooner and sets the party mood.
Post # 8
we had a august dc wedding, and it was totally fine for our guests because our ceremony and reception venues were close together and both had ac (and we had a small bus shuttle for the elderly folk even though it was seriously like a 4 block walk). it was hot while we took pictures outside but not nearly as bad as it could have been. for us, the timing worked well because we’d actually moved just before the wedding (i started grad school in a different city in sept), and when we started planning we didn’t know where we’d be moving, and i didn’t want to plan while in school. also, this way our anniversary is always during the summer when we’re more likely to be able to take a vacation. the one thing that kinda stunk about it is that we’re jewish and had a saturday wedding, and our rabbi wouldn’t begin the ceremony until the sun was setting so it started late–7:30–which meant no food til 8:30 and dinner served at 9:30…but it ended up working out just fine, our guests knew to eat a late lunch and we didn’t hear any complaints at all.
october weather is definitely less risky than august, if that’s your main consideration. i didn’t vote because i think both months can be great 🙂
Post # 9
We’re getting married in Baltimore in October, also! Our date is October 1, but I have just been admiring the beautiful changes in the leaves and somewhat wishing our date was later so we could take advantage of the gorgeous colors already provided! The reason it’s earlier in the month is because I’m a baby when it comes to cold weather, and didn’t want to be freezing for our outdoor ceremony and reception!
You didn’t mention whether your venue was indoors or outdoors, so that would come into play also. Regardless, I vote October!
Post # 10
Thank you all for your feedback! The ceremony and reception will actually take place in the same location. Everything will happen indoors. The main outdor activity would be photos.
Post # 11
Some things to consider:
- prices for travel, do you have a lot of guests traveling in? what do hotel prices look like (do a quick expedia search to see if you nitice a difference in the area) Flights tend to be cheaper in October as well.
- do you want outdoor photos with sunlight?
- Honeymoon, if you want to go somewhere in the hurricane belt, October is a better month as August is the middle of the peak hurricane season.
- Average rain fall/average temp. (not a big deal for the ceremony and reception but those out door photos)
- “off season” some vendors consider October to be the off season and offer lower rates, others consider November to start the off season.
- Halloween, do you like the idea of having a ceremony close to Halloween? Some people love it others seem to run the other was.
- Do you like either date better as an anniversary?
- Are there any other major events taking place in your family around either date? Parents’ anniversaries, births, etc. ?
That’s all I can think of for now. August is my birth month so I’m kind of partial, it’s a good month for celebrating outdoors!
Post # 12
The benefit about an August wedding is that you can have more sunlight for pictures! We originally wanted to get married in October but our venue was totally booked for Oct and Sept so we went with the only date available which was August. It was 95 degrees on our wedding day after having rained for like 10 hours straight. I am glad we went with August though. October is actually considered the post popular wedding month next to May and June. August is not as popular because it is hot everywhere. Also, dont worry about the hurricane belt – we honeymooned in Jamaica in August and it only rained once for about an hour! August is good because more people will have off – people being off from school and possibly work if they work in the school system. Also,think of the decor you might want. And the colors. Maybe think about which colors go best with which season!
Post # 13
Some other things to consider—what is your dress made out of (if you’ve purchased it)? Something heavy like satin would make outdoor pictures more unpleasant in high heat.
Also, in this area I believe that October is the most popular month for weddings (although that might taper off by late October). That means that it might be more difficult to find vendors in a more popular month.