(Closed) July 4th Wedding

posted 10 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We are getting married in July of next year and thought long and hard about the 4th of July weekend.  We weighed the pros and cons, and ultimately decided against it out of respect for our friends and their plans.  We also have people coming from near and far and didn’t want them to be traveling on a big expensive holiday weekend.  So we’re getting married on the 18th instead!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Though there are definitely pros and cons, I’m doing a July 4th wedding.  I think it depends on what you’re going for.

It will work out well for us since we are having a small/intimate guest list with a lot of family, most people will be travelling so appreciate the extra day, and the wedding is in a good vacation spot.  We are looking forward to spending a fun holiday weekend with our closest family and friends to celebrate.  And, many of our guests are planning on extending thier stay to vacation for even longer.

The cons have been that lodging will be more expensive (busy summer holiday in a resort area).  And, with a guest list of family and close friends we haven’t really run into a larger than expected number of people with other plans (plus we got the word out over a year in advance).  But, I could see this being a down-side with a larger wedding.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I went to a July 5th wedding this year, and it worked out nice.  My daughter was in the wedding so it was nice to have friday off from work for the rehearsal.  They did it at 12:00 then grilled out with steaks and such for the reception dinner, and watched fireworks.

The grooms parents also had a 4th of July wedding annivsery!

They had a larger wedding with about 250 people. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

That was my first choice, but we moved it to July 3rd to get maximum work time off.

 

Fireworks, sparklers, and warm weather…can’t beat that! We were going for something more laid-back with a bbq and camping weekend to celebrate our wedding and the 4th. 

 

there is a lot of wiggle room for decor, festivities and such.

 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Sounds great!  We really wanted the weekend of the 4th but our priest had another wedding.  Best wishes!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

Both my parents and Mr. Lemon’s parents were married on the 4th of July. It was a nice open day at the church for both 🙂

I’d say it really depends on your guests. Our July 7th wedding was convinent since everyone had the 4th off and our cross-country guests were able to spend a week of vacation in CA. Since it is a holiday, however, people would need lots of notice (think 8-9 month STDs) or you may end up with a shorter guest list. 

Holidays are tricky. If my cousin hadn’t scheduled her wedding on Memorial Day weekend, we wouldn’t have been able to make it due to taking 2 days off. I think it works both ways as a blessing and a curse. 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

AWESOME IDEA! I’m super jealous b/c I would love to get married on July 4th, but that is right in the middle of my school’s summer session 🙁
(My school in an independant Design school that had school year round w/ month breaks in between each session).

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My fiance and I were invited to a july 4th wedding this year and had to decline. We declined because of gas prices, no hotel rooms and the fact that he had to work the following day(which prolly won’t affect many of your guests)

I know another big downside is that a lot of people didn’t go because they already had plans. For some families, they always have get togethers on the 4th or are on vacation. 

I do think that a 4th of july wedding could be really neat and fun though! I would just think about if many people would decline because of the holiday.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

A friend of mine attended a 4th of July weekend wedding this year. I asked her how big the turn out was and she said she actually asked the bride and they had over 50% of their guests decline. And just to give you a gague, I think they invited between 225-250.

So, take that for whatever it’s worth. Also, everyone’s situation is different, so your friends and family may be more amenable to traveling to a wedding on the 4th than hers were.

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I am getting married on July 3rd in the DC area. The 3rd is the "federal holiday" next year and I wasn’t sure if it would cause a problem, so I talked to a lot of my "make or break" family and friends (all of whom are out of town).  Some of them were actually excited to visit DC over the 4th while others (the guests that are only a few hours away) were glad to have their Saturday free and excited to party with us on Friday.  We’re holding off on leaving for our honeymoon until the 5th and are planning on heading down to the Mall to see the awesome DC fireworks festivities on the 4th.  Hotel rooms in the city were more expensive than usual, but hotels a little further out in the burbs seemed to be comparable  to normal summer weekend rates.  

I think you should "feel out" your key guests to gauge how they feel about a holiday weekend wedding.  

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We got married on July 5th this year and had the same concerns, but it was really the only time we could do it because of DH’s medical school schedule where we could fit in a honeymoon afterward.  The 4th was a Friday and we had a party and watched fireworks afterward, which I think worked out well.  I think family appreciated it because they had an extra day to travel.  Surprisingly few of our guests that declined did so because they had 4th of July plans.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We got married on July 5th this year and had the same concerns, but it was really the only time we could do it because of DH’s medical school schedule where we could fit in a honeymoon afterward.  The 4th was a Friday and we had a party and watched fireworks afterward, which I think worked out well.  I think family appreciated it because they had an extra day to travel.  Surprisingly few of our guests that declined did so because they had 4th of July plans.

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