(Closed) Don’t write off the ‘off’ months for weddings!

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Grizz: Thanks for the tip! I noticed that since I was planning my wedding during a holiday weekend in the spring that I got great quotes on certain items also.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

the decor was the best part! so much fun stuff to choose from! 😀

Post # 6
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Worker bee

@Grizz:  Thank you for spelling this out.  We’ve been back and forth about dates, only thing we decided was that it had to be before April or after September (allergies and I hate being hot), this gives me more ammo!  

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

the picture above is beautiful! i love the lights.

good for you, finding discounts! i bet there would be a big advantage, and it would be fun for guests to have something to look forward to in the “off season” (don’t know about you, but my winter/early spring could use some brightening up!)

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Grizz: Your wedding was beautiful! I saw your mini-recap and everything looked amazing.

I’m probably a bit biased (seeing as how I got married the day after you!) but I loved getting married in December. We’re at a point right now where tons of our friends are getting married and this summer, we’ll have a wedding to attend every other weekend. Ours was the only one for months, and tons of people told us they really looked forward to it!

I do think it was a bit easier to find vendors, too. The only thing I’m not crazy about is that my birthday is in November, so I think all future years will hold some kind of combo “birthday/anniversary/holiday” gift from my Darling Husband. That’s an admittedly selfish drawback, though 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

 @Grizz: Haha, so you can definitely relate! Hopefully that just means a future of amazing 3-for-1 gift giving. And not to threadjack, but I did post a few guest photo here. Our photographer said we’re supposed to get our online gallery within 2 weeks…can’t wait!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Totally agree! We saved so much $$ by being off-season. Like you said, so many things were available to us, often at a discount, and they’re willing to give extras and bonuses for free since they don’t have someone else willing to pay for it (we paid for 2/4ths of the whole ballroom, got 1/4th thrown on free, free extended dance floor, DJ gave us 2 free hours, etc). Extra bonus is that more of our guests are free to come because March doesn’t have much of anything going on.

I love going to summer and fall weddings, but I sure did love planning a March wedding. Much less stress and much less $$.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I thought we were going to do a January wedding, but it actually turned out to be more expensive than the summer!  The caterers I talked to said they would not do a discount in the winter.  And becuase venue options were more limited, that added to the cost too.  I think it just depends on where you are and what you want.  For example, if you can rent a shelter at a state park in the summer that’s probably cheaper than just about any indoor venue in the winter.

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