Post # 1
After much search my fiance and I finally found a place we love, with, naturally, limited availability. Both of us had always envisioned a fall wedding, mums, pumpkins, etc. We’re choosing a Sunday because it’s cheaper for one, and the only two Saturday evening dates that are available are Oct 29th and Nov 5th, which we both think it’ll be too cold by then. So our options are Labor Day Sunday, September 4th or Columbus Day Sunday, October 9th. My biggest hang up with Columbus Day is that people are likely to leave early (not that many people have off for that holiday anymore), or if we had it in the afternoon, there wouldn’t be that fun, partying, celebrating-kind of vibe because people would be too concerned with having to drive home and go to work the next day. And I think it’s inconsiderate to have it on a Sunday night expecting people to take the next day off work. So do we trade our love for fall to not be inconsiderate and have a better chance of everyone staying and having a good time?
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
esqbee: You’re exactly right about Yom Kippur, which is why we didn’t go with the 8th to begin with. Part of why we like the venue so much is that there’s a gazebo outside where we can get married, and we have full use of the tented area for the reception as well. So depending on the weather we can have our DJ outside or inside. We’re just having a 5hr cocktail reception, not so formal.
The only drag about the 29th is that it’s a Saturday and a little more expensive.
Thank you allfor your repsonses so far though! I really appreciate it…I never posted on any kind of blog before haha
Post # 7
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
labor day! very few people have columbus day off and no jewish guests would be able to come.
Post # 9
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
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
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.