(Closed) Festival scheduled in town same day as dream wedding date- choose new day?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
697 posts
Busy bee

If the caterer is the only problem, I would keep the day. If your venue will be okay for guests to get to then I think it’ll still be a blast 🙂 Just be sure to remind guests, especially out of town ones, so they can prepare to leave a bit early to arrive. Also just be patient and you may have to start a tad later to accomodate guests who may be caught in the traffic.

Post # 3
1070 posts
Bumble bee

I’ll be honest, is the date really that important? I say that because unless it’s something massive, once you’re married, are you going to care about the anniversary of your first date or the day you made it official etc?

I’d just choose a different date. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for potential logistical nightmares and stress. You’d also be saving your guests the hassle of finding accomodation during a very busy time (unless you’re giving invites out ages in advance).

Post # 4
2127 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I think I would choose a different date! Why is this date so dreamy?

Just off the top of my head.. Would you be able to successfully remind everyone to give themselves like super ample time to get there?Would you get a lot of declines because of prior commitments to the festival (I already have tickets for a festival in April and would not be happy having to choose to miss your wedding or lose out on lots of money)? Are you fine knowing that your guests will have to likely pay an arm and leg if they decide stay in a hotel?

Post # 5
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would choose a different date also. Hotels may be hard to find, etc. What kind of festival is this?

Personally, I’m not super attached to dates of any kind so it wouldnt matter to me. Why is the date so important?

Post # 6
876 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I know traffic may be a hassle, but it sounds like it might make for some awesome one of a kind photo ops!

Post # 8
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

What’s so special about the date for you two? 🙂

Post # 9
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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Mrs.BigBear:  Those are a lot of valid concerns. If I were in your shoes I would change the date.

Post # 10
1747 posts
Bumble bee

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Mrs.BigBear:  I used to live in a small town that did this thing called “crazy daze/days” and they’d shut down main street to car traffic, all the stores would have ridiculous sidewalk sales and there’d be booths set up with food and entertainment. So I get it.

I would talk to the caterer and be like “we really want to use you for our wedding but are concerned about the busy festival day. Will you be able to handle both events?” or something. If they are confident they can do it then I’d go ahead as planned, and if they’re like well…or express that it would be easier on a different day then I would change the date. 

They may have done events on the same day in the past and either handled it or didn’t. I’d find out from them.

Post # 13
1465 posts
Bumble bee

No way would I schedule my wedding to be on my caterer’s biggest day of business.  That is just asking for trouble.

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