(Closed) Is it weird to get married on the anniversary of the day my mom died?

posted 4 years ago in Emotional
  • poll: Is it weird to have my wedding date on the anniversary of the date my mom died?
    Yes it's weird - Dont do it. You will regret it. : (86 votes)
    69 %
    No it's not weird - Go for it. You wont regret it. : (39 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 2
    1778 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I feel like if you were TRYING to go for that day it would be one thing, but to just take it because it’s it is the only open space would probably sit poorly with me.  I think having your wedding on her birthday or something might be better.  Though I do see your point about “taking back the day” but do you have any siblings who might not feel that way about it?

    Post # 3
    1774 posts
    Buzzing bee

    This is an incredibly personal decision, but I will say that I would like to have that date. For me it would somehow make me feel closer to my mom. I am weird about death though. I think if you have counts then maybe it is best to pick another date.

    Post # 4
    8104 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    AnonymissPDX:  You’ll have the venue for 6 hours. You’ll have the anniversary for the rest of your life. I’d find a venue that was available on a different day.

    Post # 5
    144 posts
    Blushing bee

    I had this exact dilemma, except with the anniversary of my dad’s death. We ended up going with a different season/venue but I think it’s entirely up to you. I also really liked the idea of reclaiming a day of sadness with a day of love. Since his death was more recent I ultimately decided I would probably not be able to emotionally handle it. I also worried about how my mom/immediate family would feel. Only you and your family can decide what’s right for you.

    Best wishes and internet hugs because this is such a tough choice.  

    Post # 6
    2305 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I lost my step mom a few years ago, and I know there’s a part of me that would want to “take back” the day she passed and it not be a sad day, but have some sort of happy connection. But i feel like I personally would be hyper aware of the day and what it meant to me before, the day my mom wasn’t there any more, and that she wasn’t here on this day either. It would be very downing to me personally, to remember that my mom wasn’t there and think of that day however many years ago.<br />

    This is a personal choice though. I would talk about it to your Fiance, and maybe your other immediate family, and see what their thoughts are 

    Post # 7
    2350 posts
    Buzzing bee

    AnonymissPDX:  In a way it’s kind of beautiful. Each year you would honor your mother by remembering both her and the new love and life you have built with your husband. 

    That being said I have not lost my mother, so I don’t know how it feels. I would go with your gut feeling on it. 

    Post # 8
    688 posts
    Busy bee

    Its a very personal decision. I asked my boyfriend not to propose anywhere near the anniversary of my mother’s passing because I didn’t want to feel pain and try to celebrate at the same time. I personally can’t do it. We all deal with grief and pain differently. 

    Post # 9
    238 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015


    Wow that’s a tough one. I’ve experienced a lot of death in my family, but I always saw little things like this as a sign. Maybe your mom wants you to make this date something different. Give you her blessing to be happy and know she’s watching you and holding your hand every step of the way. There are 364 days to celebrate her funny, silly, loving ways/moments. But if you feel like it will be too hard for you, then you have to trust your heart.

    Post # 10
    452 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013 - Garden

    I would be thinking more of your guests. If there are people who are close to you who reserve that day to memorialise your mother, I wouldn’t ask them to celebrate with you on that day.

    Post # 11
    2606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I haven’t lost a parent, so I can only imagine what that would be like.  I personally feel like it would be hard enough emotionally to get married on any other day without my mom there, but to do it on the anniversary of her death would be pretty much downright impossible for me.  But that’s me, and you may not feel the same.

    I would also consider the feelings of your closest family members.  Would your dad be okay with the wedding being on that day?  What about other relatives of your mom?

    Like you said, though, it’s ultimately your decision, and up to you whether the venue is worth the wedding being on that day or not.  

    Post # 12
    539 posts
    Busy bee

    my concern is that you may think you’re ok leading up to the day… buy become emotionally overwhelmed on the day, itself. too risky. i wouldnt do it.

    Post # 13
    524 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Your mother will be with you regardless of what date you choose and it will be a happy day. If it was me I would go with it and make what was a sad day in history the most happiest-filled with joy days ever. 

    I lost my mother this past summer just a few days before my birthday and we had her funeral the day after. She always told me the day I was born was one of the happiest days of her life, and I could let it be a reminder of the worst time in my life and all the sorrow but I’m not going to. I plan to take back my birthday next year knowing she’d be happy and will be with me in my heart. 

    Let it be the same for you, your mom would be so happy regardless of what day or anniversary it is. Don’t let something sad ruin your dream venue, make it a happy day!

    Post # 14
    11693 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    AnonymissPDX:  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it – as you said ultimately it’s your choice.  Do you have other family members who might not be okay with it?

    The thing about these things – you never know what’s going to happen on any given day later either.  My maternal grandmother (who I never knew) passed away on my mom’s birthday.  That day is now bittersweet for her but there’s nothing anyone could do to predcit that.

    Putting something positive back into a day that’s a little negative for you could be good.

    Post # 15
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    A friend intentionally had her legal ceremony on the anniversary of the day her father passed away. She said she felt his presence, and it was a way to bring joy to what was otherwise a very, very sad day for her.

    On the flip side, both of Mr. LK’s parents have passed and I know not to plan anything on those anniversaries. They are just not days for leaving the house. So i think it really depends on your current relationship with that day and whether or not you will be able to feel happy in light of the anniversary.

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