- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
It was the last Saturday our venue had available for the month we wanted to marry.
It was the last Saturday our venue had available for the month we wanted to marry.
I LOVE Christmas…
Secretly as a teen, I always wanted to marry at Christmas.
That didn’t happen with my first wedding… back when I was in my 20s and someone else was doing the MAJORITY OF THE PAYING… I seemed to do the MAJORITY OF THE LISTENING (I feel sorry for young Brides and trying to please so many people… glad that that headache is over !!)
This time round…
My SO, and I have decided kind of to get married on a whim (we’ve been a couple many years), and Christmas Vacation… just seemed to work out for us and feel right… plus we have a Caribbean Holiday booked for late January. So the timing seems perfect. We’ve decided to head off for a quick trip to one of our favourite State-side Destinatiions and get hitched.
Christmas Eve just seemed to tie in perfectly once we pulled out a Calendar (lol, lots of jokes going around amongst our friends now how Hubby will never be able to forget our Anniversary)
And so it goes… at our Hotel overlooking the Ocean, Christmas Eve Day or Evening… just the 2 of us. And if Mother Nature should mess with us, the back up plan is in a small chapel with lots of candles… (closer to my teenage vision)…. BUT either of these are great for us. Wedding will be just the two of us, intimate and special. The HONEYMOON is what is truly going to be our “splurge”… exactly the opposite to our first marriages when THE DAY was the centrepiece, and LIFE was the after-thought.
Think we finally got it right this time round…
WE got together on April 4th 2010. he was going to propose on our 3 yr ann. but his dad passed away. he proposed on 4/14/2011 and we first picked sept because it was not too hot not too cold. then he called on night and siad that he couldnt wait to marry me and that we should move it up a closer month. so i looked at the calendar and seen that the 14th of april was a Sat. and it was our 1 yr of being engaged. plue is wasnt too cold or hot in April!
We are getting married on our 8 year anniversary. We have been celebrating 8/25 for so long I didn’t want to change it lol!
I had promised my dad that I would finish college before the wedding. I graduate early December. We thought about spring 2013 but one of my best friends is studying abroad that semester. She is going to be gone Jan- May so that meant either late December 2012 or Summer 2013.
1. Fiance didn’t want a 2 year engagement.
2. Summers here are hot, hot, hot!
3. Many of our closest friends have moved away and they always come home at Christmas. Having our wedding on 12/29/12 means one less trip they have to pay to come back to Kansas.
So December it is! I also love the holiday season. Everyone is so happy. I hope it snows that weekend. 🙂
We wanted to give me 3 months of uninterupted planning in the summer (I am a grad student) and wanted to be able to have a short honeymoon, so Sept 8th was perfect for us.
My parents work in higher ed and my dad is on call from August 15-May 25. That meant a summer wedding in DC or a wedding at home (only my parents live within 4 hours of home, totally wouldn’t work). So we pulled out a calendar and wanted to wait until Maryland schools were out (his sisters are teachers and there are several school age kids). We also didn’t want a 4th of July wedding because it is pricey. That left 2 weekends before the annual family vacation. This means we get two weeks of honeymoon and then a week at the beach. So it will be awesome!
We picked the only day that was soon enough, that was before school started, that wasn’t too soon, that (most) of the people that were to be involved in the wedding did’t already have plans. Turns out the “best man” already had agreed to be in another wedding THAT SAME DAY. He told us this after we had already booked everything. So my fiance’s bestie wont be with us that great day 🙁
October is both of our favorite month, and we knew we needed/wanted to get married in 2014. I picked the 18th originally, which I later came to find out was sweetest day=) BUUUT we switched it to the 17th, which is a Friday in order to save money.
My fiance proposed this spring and we knew we wanted at least a year to plan. I’m a teacher, so I need to get married during school breaks. I didn’t want to get married during Spring Break…too hectic at school in the spring with testing craziness and end-of-year nonsense. I also didn’t want to get married in the summer even though that’s my longest break because it’s too hot in Florida. Even though we’re not getting married outside, I still didn’t want to be dealing with the heat with the big dress and the guys’ tuxes and the makeup and hair. Plus everyone gets married in the summer, so everything is more expensive.
Oddly enough, I didn’t even think of Christmas break. But I do have a week off at Thangsiving, so we picked the Saturday before. I am planning on taking a few extra days off the week before and we have the week after to go on a honeymoon if we can afford it.
We have a year and a half to plan, and we have our choice of venues pretty much and plenty of time to save.
We knew it would have to be during the summer since I’m still in school. I wanted June partly because it meant we’d be married sooner than if we picked July or August (haha, we had a year and a half engagement and I was impatient!), plus June is likely to be a little cooler. The 2nd was too soon after school, the 9th is a major citywide festival that I couldn’t clash with, the 23rd is the day after my dad’s birthday… so it was the 16th or 30th. I picked the date that was earlier… lol.
It is the anniversary of when we first met and the date we celebrate each year.
DH knew I wanted a year to plan our wedding and that I wanted a late spring/early summer wedding. He proposed in June, so we wanted to find a date in June (or perhaps May) of the following year. Next, we had the consideration of his custody weekends with his minor children, since we needed the wedding to take place on a weekend that the children were with him so they could be in the wedding.
We also needed to avoid dates that presented any major conflicts for other key members of our family and our bridal party. I don’t remember all of the other considerations, but we ultimately ended up with two viable weekends, one in May (Memorial Day weekend), and one in June. I then looked at 20 years’ worth of weather data on the two dates we were considering. Historically, the June temps were in the 90s, while the May temps were in the 70s. Since we were planning an outdoor wedding, this was a big consideration for me. (DH ultimately decided he preferred the May date because the kids would still be in school at that time, which made arranging for their care during our honeymoon less complicated.) So, we picked the May date. There was one big surprise, however. It still turned out to be 96 degrees on the day of our May wedding! 🙂
We changed our wedding date, first it was suppose to be 11-11-11, unfortunately, our finances were such that we realized that was an impossibility so we moved it. We wanted the end of June and had planned on the last weekend in June, then before we announced that, we found out that both of his sisters and one of his neices were going to be in Europe at that time. So we went through the process of eliminating dates for vacations, and graduations, and dates our venue wasn’t available, had us crossing out just about every weekend accept May 5th. So that is how we ended up with a Cinco De Mayo wedding. I think it was meant to be. Our day was absolutely perfect in every way.
My ideal date would have been our anniversary, July 23.. But it wasn’t on a Saturday this year so it wasn’t feasible. So then I didn’t really care what day it was as long as it was in the summer.
I had to work around my fiance’s work schedule since he pretty much works all weekends in July..
It ultimately came down to what was available with our venue. Didn’t want anything too close to the fall, and not on a long weekend. August 11 was available so we took it. No significance, just convenience.
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