Post # 1
So here’s the deal: I love the idea of the long weekend wedding. Especially on holidays such as MLK day, President’s Day and Columbus day weekend, those non-traditional holidays that most people don’t make plans for. Therefore, I settled in my mind on January 19, 2013 for this very purpose. It’s the Saturday before MLK Monday. Everything’s great, right? Wrong. Because it’s also the Saturday before Inauguration Sunday and I live in Alexandria, VA, right outside of DC. It’s always ridiculous – airfare and hotel rooms are always hard to comeby. But this is my date!
However, I suppose I’d be willing to sacrifice the date for February 16th, the weekend after Valentine’s Day, but that might be just as popular and it’s also President’s Day weekend, but there’s no real activities going on in that would bring in a surge of tourists on that weekend like Inauguration Day weekend.
Please, if any of you live in the area, or have any advice on the topic, tell me what you think would be a better date. Do I stick to my guns and send my save the dates for Jan 19 ASAP or do I go with the possibly less hectic date of February 16?
Post # 3
Oh no! I would DEF skip the inauguration weekend. It will be insane. However, you could call some hotels and price the two dates and see what they have available. If you go with the Jan date, let your guests know to book ASAP, but I would personally go for the Feb date.
The metro, hotels, traffic, airports, all of it will be a nightmare! You will be so stressed out about it, too,
Of course it partly depends on who wins. I think an Obama second inaug will be less chaotic than if you have an admin change, because second time inaug tend to attract a diff crowd.
In My Humble Opinion.
Having said that, you should do what you want (after calling around and pricing hypothetical flights online first).
Post # 4
We are having this problem with our wedding. We are getting married in Baltimore on the 13th and the cruise gets back on the 20th, which means out Out of Town guests will be flying out that day through the 22nd. The only alternative was to do the wedding on the 20th and make our guests fly in with the hordes on the 19th. I’d say if at all possible to move your date to February. We are having a nightmare of a time blocking hotel rooms for that weekend even towards Baltimore. I don’t think it’ll be as bad as it was four years ago when Obama was inaugurated, but it’ll still be a hectic weekend.
ETA: You might want to post this also on the local boards to get an idea from other area brides.
Post # 5
How many people will be coming from OOT? I think you should go with what you love!
Post # 6
I had my wedding during College World Series in Omaha. Not a huge thing nationally, but it brings in 200,000+ visitors into town. IMO, not my best plan. None of my family could find hotel rooms and the few that did were pay out the nose for them. Rental cars were impossible to come by. Traffic, I was almost late to my own wedding and all the guests were an hour late, so our wedding was an hour late. Limos, vans, busses and any other type of trasportation was non existant. Even flying into town got to be a burden for some family and several could not come because of it. Even caterers and other vendors were booked for that weekend a year or two in advance.
Just want you to be aware of the logistical nightmares that will ensue with a weekend choice like that. If I could do it all over again, I would have chosen a different date. I really had no idea that it was going to be as bad as it was.
Post # 7
I would avoid it.
The logistical nightmares your guests (and you guys!) would face are not worth it, to me, for a date. You’ll love the date you marry because it’ll be your wedding day/anniversary! You don’t want people’s memories of your wedding to include horrible traffic and bad hotel prices.
Post # 8
I ditto the “Logistical Nightmare” comment. Save yourself a HUGE head & heart ache and go with the safer date, sorry sweetie. :o(
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
No way. If you were getting married out in Loudoun, I’d say maybe, but if you’re getting married in Alexandria, I wouldn’t get married on inauguration weekend.
NOVA traffic is bad enough on a regular day to make people grumpy…can you imagine the stress of trying to get somewhere on time that weekend? It’s not possible unless you’re walking everywhere.
Post # 10
I would wait. I think the added stress of trying to work around the logistics with travel/hotel isn’t worth it. Especially if you’ll have lots of family coming in from Out of Town.
Post # 11
I have 10 people coming from out of town… And the wedding would actually be in either Tyson’s (I know!), Leesburg, or Gainesville – we’re still trying to decide. But yes, I suppose it would be hectic – less hectic in either Leesburg or Gainesville, especially for hotels and traffic since we’d be nowhere near the city.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Even though there may be more rooms to be had out in Loudoun, I think the costs will still be inflated that weekend and flights into Dulles will certainly be expensive if there’s a big influx of tourists expected.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Room, flight, and car costs are soooo inflated for that weekend. It’s just not worth it. President’s Day weekend would be a much better choice.
Post # 14
I asked my friend who lives in DC on gchat and this was her response:
: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Crazy! Its the absolute worst time to be here!
Post # 15
GREAT!!! I have the same date…didnt reailize till today that it is inauguration weekend. I suppose it is not so bad, since the majority of my guests will not be from out of town. This is my 2nd wedding and my second dumb move…last time I got married on Super Bowl Sunday..u’d think somebody would double check!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 16
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’d avoid it (though I’m going to hope there won’t be a new inauguration that day… I’d imagine it’s not as bad when it’s a second term).