(Closed) Labor Day vs. Columbus Day Wedding Date

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Personally I prefer the Columbus Day date. October is more fall-ish. Labor Day weekend is still summer. Plus if someone doesn’t get that Monday off it’s a great excuse for them to take that day off if they can. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would say labor day, for most of the reasons you mentioned about people leaving early because they don’t have columbus day off.  But also, columbus day next year is the day after yom kippur, so if you have any jewish guests that need to travel for the wedding, they may not be able to come that weekend.

I briefly considered an afternoon wedding and my Fiance immediately vetoed the idea because we wouldn’t have that vibe we wanted.

Why not go with the 29th? it’s generally not that cold yet, and it would be absolutely gorgeous fall foliage!  Is the venue outside?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Labor Day is still summer . . . where I am from, it is still pretty warm and people are going to the beach and boating and BBQ…  If you want that fall vibe, I would go for Columbus Day or Oct. 29th.

Post # 7
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456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d say poll a few of your guests – especially any potential out of towners… see what they’d prefer.  you can always rent a few heaters and use the tented area. Of course, that doesn’t help your saturday night expense issue…

 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

labor day! very few people have columbus day off and no jewish guests would be able to come. 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I say Columbus Day. Unless your guests that are Jewish are Orthodox- I dont see why they wouldnt come to your wedding.

Also, people love to have Labor Day weekend just to relax, go to the beach, BBQ, party, etc and it sometimes is still HOT so I would say people wouldnt want to have another obligation that weekend.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I vote Columbus Day!  I second the PPs in that Labor Day is still summer so it wouldn’t fit a fall vibe at all.  Plus a lot more people will have previous plans for Labor Day (it is often people’s last beach weekend and such and they may not be able to come because they’ll have already planned those trips).

Although honestly, I’d say October 29th would be your best bet (assuming you can afford the Saturday).  If you’re marrying outside, the fall colors that time of year will be BEAUTIFUL!  And with a Saturday wedding, people will have the day after to travel home like you were saying you wanted.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

just a heads up that a ton of venues charge you saturday rates for sundays of holiday weekends. we couldn’t do columbus day weekend because i’m jewish but i considered the sunday of labor day weekend…and then was told at every venue that it would be the same price as a saturday night because of the monday holiday.

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