Post # 1
Since you bees were so incredibly helpful with the Destination Wedding or traditional wedding discussion, I thought I would pose another question:
Is it okay to have a destination wedding the 1st weekend of December?
I own a business that is seasonal. During most months of the year, I work 70 to 100 hours per week. However in December I have little or nothing to do. It is absolutely the happiest month of my year, even without the holidays – and I LOVE Christmas. So I wanted to get married in December. However now that we are thinking destination (Orlando, Florida – a 2 to 3 hour flight for almost every guest) I am wondering if this will be too burdensome for guests?
– we plan to pay for the hotel, and flights for close family and wedding party
– first weeks of December are considered an excellent time to visit
– our family all live within close distance of major airports and we specifically picked Orlando since it is one of the cheapest flights (some as low as $65!!)
– between the two of us we have two living Grandparents who both love Disney and it might be their last opportunity to go as a family
– people obviously travel a lot during this time
– end of year means vacation days will be few
So what do you guys think? Positives? Negatives? If we had to select another month it would probably need to be January. In what ways might that be better or worse? Thank you in advance!!
Post # 2
I would be prepared for a lot of declines as with any Destination Wedding, but I think if people know well ahead of time they could prepare just as if they would prepare to go to a destination wedding any other time of the year. I don’t think January would necessarily be any better.
Post # 3
it should be fine. Double check the weather, it can be unpredictable that time. Also, people may already have PTO and money saved for the holidays so it might be a bit more challenging
Post # 4
If it’s that short of a flight for most people and you’re getting married on Saturday (ie, normal M-F working people wouldn’t need to take a day off and could arrive Fri night and leave Sun) then I think it’ll be ok.
Post # 5
I don’t think it’s any worse than any other time of year for a destination wedding.
Post # 6
The only challenge would be that people save vacation for end of year and its sometimes hard to take off twice in one month. But if it’s that close of flight then many will be able to go for an extended weekend which for me wouldn’t be that big of an issue Nor for most people I know. 😊
Post # 7
Thanks bees! Keep the responses coming!
I probably should have mentioned: while our families are fairly close to major airports, they are far from each other. Even if we picked the most strategic location, 80% of our guests would be traveling at least 3 or 4 hours by car. So having a destination wedding (in our particular case) does not add a lot of travel time, or create the need for a hotel that would not otherwise exist, but I’m sure it does add some expense and creates that feeling of “I should probably take some time off of work and make a trip of this”
Post # 9
December is a pretty tight month for a lot of people because of the holidays and year end work deadlines. I would be ready for a lot of no’s.
Post # 10
I would not attend a Destination Wedding in December. It’s too close to Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is (a) an expensive time of year for us and (b) already full of travel and time off. Talk to your guests who you really want there and see if they can make it work, though. Just prepare yourself for a lot of declines.
Post # 11
It depends on who’s wedding it was. Close family/very close friend, for sure. Anyone else, probably not. I had a NYE wedding and went in understanding it was an expensive.time of year and hard night for ppl with kids, so I knew we would have a fair share of regrets.
Post # 11
I have no problems with December weddings! They’re another reason why family and friends can get together. I would suggest though you mail out your save the dates very very early so they don’t make plans and could budget out money to go to your wedding. December is an expensive time of year to be buying decorations/food for feasts/presents and giving your guests even more time to prep is ideal. Also they would need to save/plan about a day or two off from their work.
Post # 12
It is cold where I am in Decemeber, so a reason to head anywhere warmer for a few days would be fine by me! Some people are busy in December though, and cannot take any holidays that month, so just be prpared some people will not be able to get time off then.