Post # 1
FI and I have finally found the venue that we want to get married at next year! It’s in a town about an hour away and it tends to be much hotter during the summer. I graduate June 15thish of next year and was looking to have our wedding in early August or mid July originally. Unfortunately, July 9- August 10 is blocked off due to his family and many friends observing the month of ramadan. I have no problem with August 17th except that it is the hottest month for us to have our wedding. I hate hot weather and I’m really nervous about it being in the high 90’s at my wedding! We are having an outdoor ceremony and inside reception.
Our other alternatives are June 29 (two weeks after graduation, eep!) and July 6th (a few days after fourth of July?) I prefer one more week of preparation time after I graduate so I am heavily learning towards July 6th but I’m not sure if it being just 2 days after fourth of july is something to worry about. Say if family or friends have other plans that stretch into the weekend perhaps. Any advice?
Post # 4
I like the numbers 7.6.13. You should go with that. 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Most people don’t make “big” plans for the 4th, so I think you’ll be fine picking that date– and it’s less hot, and not right after you graduate.
Post # 6
My brother and his wife were married ON the Fourth of July and as far as I know, they had no problem getting people to show up. Just send the Save the Dates as far in advance as humanly possible, and make them memorable (my brother and his wife did a calendar magnet with a red, white, and blue fireworks design on it).
Post # 7
I picked June 29th—thats my date too! I was concerned with 4th of July festivities, so the week before seemed safer. I think 2 weeks between your graduation and the wedding will be enough.
Post # 8
Not saying it’s not a fine date, but I know that this year for the 4th, I took the surrounding days off to go visit family to make it a long weekend. I’d more more likely to do that when the 4th is on a Thursday, so I would just need to take off Friday and have a 5 day weekend. I think you’ll run into a lot of people who plan on doing that. If you don’t mind that some people have other plans on the 4th that would require missing your wedding, I think the 6th is fine. But if it were me, I’d probably go with the end of June especially because July or August would be much hotter.
Post # 9
I am bouncing between 06/22 and 07/06…so I can relate to the hesitation you have with July 6th. Ask around your family and friends and feel out what they think. Being that the 4th is a Thursday, the family members I know who do go the cabin/lake will have Thursday and Friday to relax out of town, and they have no issues coming back on Sat to spend the day celebrating my wedding! Just think: most of your guests will be relaxed and ready to party on your big day, and you will always have fireworks around your anniversary to celebrate!
I would think that extra week will give you more peace of mind as your wedding approaches, but either way you will make it work!
Post # 10
I agree with PP, most people don’t make major travel plans on July 4th. Also, it’s on a Thursday and won’t technically be a long weekend. BUT, people could in theory make it a super long weekend by taking only 1 day off for your wedding! I say the 29th is too close to graduating and I’m totally with you on the weather being too hot in August.
Post # 11
I have to say July 6th because that’s my birthday! ^_^
Post # 12
Not sure where you are, but here, July is the hottest month. Just something to keep in mind, since I often hear people talk about uncomfortable heat ruining a wedding. Good luck picking 🙂
ETA: just for reference, here in MN the average early July high temp is 85, average mid-August high is 81
Post # 13
7/6/13 … because 7 + 6 = 13!
Post # 14
Not sure where you are from or how hot it is, but I would base it on that, August could be REALLY HOT! even July can be way to Hott, its 100+ in NC hotter then it should be and it would be misserable to be at an out door wedding!!! if there is a chance your wedding will be over 85 degrees I would opt out of an outdoor ceremony if you want JULY. You dont want your guests to be thinking of “omg when will this be over I want to get inside” the entire time you are standing at the alter, and you dont want to be thinking about that either, think of all your layers in your dress and think about your man in his tux……
We did ours at the end of april, we were not willing to go much father into the year due to the heat. Our wedding was a high of 60, it was perfect, 10 degrees warmer would have been nice, but better cool then hot for an outdoor wedding! You can only take off so many layers.
@OldMrsMcDonald: i like that reason for the date 🙂
Post # 15
July 6th is a good date. =)
Post # 16
My birthday is July 5th and folks with families do make plans/travel for the 4th which has always impacted my birthday plans. But I also agree with pp if you send out your STDs and communicate well with your guests then there’s enough time to skip 4th plans for a year.
Luckily we announced our wedding/engagement and spoke to the best man and turns out he was planning to take his lady to Europe next summer for a marriage proposal. Because we gave enough notice he was able to change his plans so he can still do his trip and be the best man in his best friend’s wedding. Notice is key!