(Closed) how did you choose your wedding date? and what are you spending most on?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
235 posts
Helper bee

We chose our Saturday in late June just because it was early in hurricane season and teachers will be out of school.

We are spending the most on our venue ($16k) then food then photography.  I figured if we have a beautiful venue we dont need to worry or do a lot with decor.

Post # 4
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Sage Marie: lol oh heaveans that darn date 

well i always wanted a red wedding at christmas ok plan a 

then i discovered every other wedding is red round here at the min and many family would not risk the weather at that time of year to travel

ok plan B 12 /10/ 12 loved the quirky date 

nope our reception venue booked

then 15th september 12 a very special date for H2B as it was his fathers birthday and the same week i left my ex lol plan c

nope his family were not happy with that one there is history not for the boards

also my ex not happy that it was so close to start of new school term for my daughter

so plan d november 3rd 2012 til my mum and best friend pointed out that my health get much worse in the winter and nov was a silly choice for me

SO BIGGEST STROP LATER AND H2B and I said stuff it AUG 18th 2012 its our day like it or lump it lol


as for budget its a tiny one so our biggest expense will be reception for 50 

Post # 5
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

spending the most on food. it’s about half of our overall budget. The second would be the documentation – 1700$ on photography (getting two different ones) and videography (haven’t decided how much that is yet).

we picked a date because i didn’t want our guests to travel two weekends in a row (Canadian thanksgiving is the 2nd Monday in October), wanted a fall wedding, and didn’t want a hallowe’en one.

Post # 6
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

In order to narrow the date we had our dealbreaker people (both sets of parents) give us a list of dates that would work for them and then we used our available dates and the price of the venue to narrow down the list. We initially wanted to get married and cruise the week of Christmas 2012, but the cost of the cruise was way to high ($1,000 per person and up) so we compromised on Jan 2012.

Post # 7
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Picking the date was a process for us! We got engaged in November and wanted to be engaged for about a year. We also wanted to get married on a Saturday night at a synagogue, so we wanted to do it during Daylights Savings time so with the restrictions on Sabbath times, we wouldn’t be eating dinner at midnight (it would be easier to do it on Saturday when the sun sets earlier). We also had to work with what days the venue had available…all those factors basically narrowed it down for us! It wasn’t a special date, but it will be from now on 🙂

To us, the most important thing is our guests’ experience: sit down dinner, open bar, live band…we want to throw a party! We both wanted the thing that people would say about our wedding to be that it was fun.

Post # 8
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We chose our date by talking with our pastor and Too Much Information…me planning when I wouldn’t be on my period 😛

Luckily the venue we wanted for the reception was available on our date. It’s really beautiful, more than I thought I could ever have. Things are just a lot cheaper in small towns in Iowa! 

We are spending the most, by far, on the dress, and it was even a really good deal! It’s half of our budget ($1,000)

Post # 9
14496 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The date was choose cause it was the only one available at the venue we wanted that worked for us.  The most important thing I’d have to say was a toss up between my dress and the photographer.

Post # 10
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Our date is May 18, 2012 and we chose a Friday because of the timing and budget savings. We chose that particular Friday because it gave us a week before Memorial Day Weekend to prepare for our honeymoon and with the holidy weekend one more day of free time off.

The most important aspect of our budget is flowers/decor and food/cake.

Post # 11
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We chose our date because I wanted a fall wedding and thought October was too overdone. So the first Saturday in November it is! And we kind of liked it because we might be the ‘last wedding’ for a lot of our guests. Why not save the best for last right ? :-P.

We are spending the most on the food, hands down

Post # 12
3063 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We knew we wanted a date that was after he graduates this spring. That left us with summer, fall, and winter 2012 to choose from.

Then we decided that since we were going to have our wedding in Las Vegas, we want to go during a month that wasn’t too hot (we are Alaskan so anything over 80 degrees kills us lol), so that left us with fall 2012.

Then we thought, since it was destination we should do it after our annual PFDs are sent out so our guests can have the means to fly there, but not right after because we want them to have time in between getting the PFD and the actual wedding to notify their employers and make arrangements. So since PFDs are usually mid-October that gives our guests about a month to have their flights and hotels set up for our November 2012 wedding!

Oh and it was orginially November 17, but we changed it to the 16th because it’s a Friday and that’ll save us a good $500 and we can spend the weekend in Vegas as a married couple!

We’re spending the most on the venue, but they provide a package that includes everything we’ll need. Food, DJ, open bar, photographer (though we’re getting our own because theirs is awful), cake, linens, etc.

Post # 13
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We chose our date because we wanted to get married right after I finished grad school, hopefully right before I start working, and it was the only date available in June at our venue.

The most expensive thing will definitely be our venue (ceremony + reception) which includes food, cake and minister, but the one thing we knew we wanted to splurge on and is most important to us is the photography.

Post # 14
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We decided to do it early November because we already had a trip booked for Christmas to Mexico and we needed it to not be super close to that but also we wanted to not wait so long to get married from when we got engaged. So this way we have enough time to plan and save up some money until November 5th, just so happens that my birthday is Nov 7th and we will be on our honeymoon for that. 🙂 Plus the weather is great in Vegas that time of year.

Post # 15
5011 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

Our date is 21 April 2012. We originally wanted May but our venue wasn’t available in May (and it’s £2400 cheaper in April) so we took the last available Saturday in April.

Our biggest single expense is catering (c.£7500, not including drinks) but I hadn’t realised until now that our second biggest expense is actually our honeymoon!

Photography is very important to us but our photographer is only £1400 (he’s fantastic) and our videography package is £800. 

Post # 16
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re both teachers so we knew it had to be late May or the summer.  We got engaged in December and I booked our photographer in less than 2 weeks (which is also what we’re spending the most on).  She is what ultimately determined our date.  We had talked about May 26th but we decided if she wasn’t available for our date we would change it so we could get her.

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