(Closed) help me decide on a wedding date

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - The George, Christchurch

I think the first question is where do you live  and will weather differ much? We are getting married last weekend of February because feb is beautiful in nz as its summer time. I chose 25th as our anniversary is on the 25th so the date is meaningful to us. If you aren’t too worried and neither are public holidays then put dates in a hat and pick one out 🙂  

Post # 4
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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socalgirl1689:  We did the first weekend of August last year. No regrets! It’s at a point in the summer where a lot of families have already done their vacations and it’s not super close to any holidays so none of our travel guests were really forced to decide between coming to our wedding or saving the travel expenses for say, Labor Day getaways. Also, the kiddos weren’t back in school yet so there were no conflicts with extra curriculars. Honestly though, I don’t think you can go wrong with either. Our venue had both dates open and we did the first weekend as opposed to the last because I’m a teacher and needed a date when I wasn’t in school for our honeymoon. Those other reasons I listed are just some fringe benefits of choosing the first weekend but not the reasons we chose it! Good luck and it’ll be wonderful no matter when you do it!! 

Post # 5
10391 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Have you checked both dates with all your VIPs? If one date doesn’t work for someone important to you (like anyone in your wedding party for example), then that makes the decision easy. Another factor you can use to decide is your work and/or school schedule. For example, I’m getting married the first weekend of August because Fiance will be starting grad school at the end of August and that seemed too stressful. 

It really isn’t going to make a huge difference though. It’s only the difference of a couple weeks so weather probably won’t be too different. Personally, I’d pick the first weekend in August because I wouldn’t want to wait the extra couple of weeks to get married! You really can’t make a wrong decision here so if you really can’t make a decision, flip a coin and go with that! 

Post # 6
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

If everything is available and works then as pp have said,  flip a coin 🙂 

Post # 8
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’d do first weekend in August.  Last weekend in August is too close to Labor Day and back to school.  I personally couldn’t have done that weekend for my wedding because 3 of my niece/nephews were starting college this fall and my SILs were busy dropping them off.  

Post # 9
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

The first weekend will probably not be as hot and you may have more flower options. Also, many people try to get last minute vacations in before school starts in September. Not only do I predict more schedule conflicts for guests, but it may also be harder to book plane tickets for vacation. That’s what it’s like where I live in the northeast anyway!

Post # 10
4813 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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socalgirl1689:   The first weekend in August would be my preference as it is further from Labor Day.   I would not care to travel, even locally, anywhere near a holiday weekend.  

Post # 11
1011 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Where I live (Europe) that first weekend in August is the MOST popular time of the summer for people to go on holidays so if you are thinking Aug 2016, some of your guests may already have their holidays booked and may not be able to attend. If it is Aug 2017, I’d say it would be ok, just give people lots of notice. Personally I’d stay away from the last weekend in Aug. It’s so hectic with families getting organised for going back to school but I guess it depends on the demographic attending your wedding.

Post # 12
221 posts
Helper bee

This might sound silly but check the lunar calendar. That’s what we did when we couldn’t decide beween a few days. A waxing Moon (increasing toward the Full Moon) is considered more advantageous than a waning one (decreasing toward the New Moon). basically you want to get married when the moon is getting full, not getting smaller. My date is on the new moon which is perfect for new beginnings. 

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Post # 13
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Beach house

I went to a wedding in CT last Aug 1 and we felt like we were melting. 

There was an outdoor (shaded) ceremony and an indoor reception. But, it was so hot that the shade didn’t help, and the air conditioner in the venue – which used to be an old lace factory – couldn’t keep up.

The wedding was completely gorgeous and they were good friends of ours so we had a great time. It was just insanely hot.

Just a thought.

Post # 14
946 posts
Busy bee

Depending on if you have teachers, college students, or kids attending your wedding, the end of august could be an impossibility for most people.  I would opt for the beginning of August, even if it is hotter.

Post # 15
236 posts
Helper bee

First weekend. I know too many people who work at or attend school/college and the end of August is usually crazy for everybody. Also the last weekend of August when students move into the dorms here usually ended up being the hottest of the year so weather might not be too different between the two choices. 

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