(Closed) How did you choose a date?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@excited1:  Ours was easy. We chose 11-12-13 before we were even officially engaged because we wanted a consecutive date and we are having a Destination Wedding, so the fact that it is a Tuesday didn’t matter at all! It also turns out that it is off-season in Hawaii so we are getting some amazing discounts through my sister, who is a wedding planner there. He ended up proposing on 1-12-13 so our wedding will be exactly 10 months after our engagement. I love it!!!

Everytime people ask out wedding date and I say 11-12-13 they say how cute it is. 🙂

Also, after 11-12-13 there is only one consecutive date left (12-13-14) until 90 years later on 01-02-2103!!!! So anyone alive now, this is your last chance!!! 😉

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would suggest figuring out a time that is convenient for both of you and choosing something then.

For me, it had to be during uni holidays and before my last placement (I’m studying to be a teacher). Aussie summer (November-December) was out because I’ll be finishing uni and applying for jobs, and just too busy. January-February were out because it’s too hot. So that really left July!

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

How did we pick a date? eeny, meeny, miny, mo…

Seriously though, we picked early June so flowers in my parents backyard would be out so I could have some pictures done there. The only other consideration I had was if it was going to be that time of the month or not.  We then went eeny, meeny, miny, mo between 2 dates in June and ended up with the 8th.

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Fiance wanted to wait until after he graduated from grad school (this December) and I wanted an October wedding, so 10-4-14 it its!

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We started with a season. I hate summer and Fiance hates winter, that only left fall and spring. He didn’t have a preference, but I like fall, so that part was easy. Then we just decided October would be a good month because it shouldn’t be too cold yet and I could incorporate pumpkins! It just sounded like fun, so we went with it. Then we looked at our work schedules to figure out the best weekend. I work at a school that runs on 5 week terms, so I’m not allowed to take any time off during week 1 of the term or week 5 of the term, so that really narrowed things down for us as well. 🙂

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We wanted summer because we wanted an outdoor wedding in the PNW.  Chose the date around the venue’s availability.

Also, we take a big motorcycle trip to Canada in late July each year so didn’t want to be too close to that so we could still go.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We actually didn’t start planning until we chose a venue that ended up being just right.  Once we found that, we set the date – which fell into place based on the availability of the venue.

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Since a few important bridal party members are in law school and other graduate programs, we wanted to schedule it in between busy times of the school year/after graduations. So May was set to be the month. Our wedding is a destination wedding for us (wedding in Charleston, we live in Tampa) and most of our guests are back in the midwest, mainly Ohio. I picked the holiday weekend so guests would still be able to attend the wedding without having to take an extra day off work. It would already be such an ordeal to arrange travel/lodging that I didn’t want them to have to worry about anything else!

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I wanted a fall wedding two months after the bar exam, so it was pretty easy. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I knew I wanted it outdoors, so that narrowed our choices down by A LOT. I live in western Washington. If you want to have any reasonable hope of dry plans, that’s going to be pretty much limited to July/August, and maybe September. Well, I have an irrational dislike of months that start with “J”, so I chose August.

Then I took scheduling into consideration. I didn’t want to interrupt people’s schedules, so I limited myself to weekends. And then, FI’s work gets extremely busy around the end of August, so I narrowed it down to the first couple of weekends. I decided that I liked the sound of August 10th, so that’s the date.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We decided season first. We got engaged in March 2012 and didn’t want to wait until 2013, and October was as late as we could go in the year before it got cold and gray in Ohio.  At the same time, any shorter than 7 months’ engagement would have been too little time to plan the wedding we wanted or to order a dress. We also didn’t want to do September because we both have birthdays that month and wanted the anniversary to be in its own month.

And we decided very quickly that we wanted photos like this:

 

Post # 28
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254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I wanted the weekend before or after spring break so people could travel and we could go on vacation (we are both in school).

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We got engaged in July 2011, and the first date we “set” was October 7, 2012.  However, after we began shopping around and researching what our wedding would realistically cost us, we soon realized that we would not be able to save the money in time for a 2012 wedding like we wanted.  So we ultimately pushed it back a year which sucked, but not the end of the world, and landed on October 5, 2013.

I do not consider a date “set” until you have booked the venue in which you will be having it.  By that definition, we did not “set” our date until January 2013.

We wanted an October wedding because 1) our dating anniversary is in October; 2) it’s our FAVORITE season, especially where we live in upstate NY with the gorgeous trees and perfect weather.

We chose the weekend before Columbus Day weekend because it is less busy/popular, and it would therefore make traveling for my family easier (since they all live on the West Coast).

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We knew we wanted to get married on the island where we met. I wanted to do it off-season to save money, but I wanted to have it as late as it could possibly be in the hurricane season to have a prayer of not being rained out. Voila. September 28th is 2 days before the start of the island tourist peak. I originally wanted September 7th because it’s a long holiday in my country, but I was worried those extra 3 weeks would make a difference in terms of weather pattern.

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