Post # 1
So, recently engaged, and wanting to get married in the fall, I knew that I needed to get a move on booking a venue so I could have the October wedding I have dreamed about since I was a little girl.
Since Saturday I have been frantically calling all of the venue’s that I have had bookmarked, printed, and saved in every secret wedding file I’ve had for years, only to call and find out that yes, in fact, I am way behind in wanting to have a fall 2011 wedding. I must have called 6 or 7 venue’s yesterday to have metaphorical doors closing in my face and on my dreams.
My mother and FIL’s are wondering why we don’t just wait two years and get married in 2012. But I have many reasons that I don’t want to admit to them. One being my fear that my father won’t be around in 2012 to walk me down the aisle, or me and my FI’s desire to have kids right after we get married.
Anyways. In that regard, after this week, I may have to make the decision to jump ship and decide on a Spring 2012 wedding. I am in Virginia and our Springs are full of rain. My luck usually isn’t that great so I know that I would have to find a venue that has an amazing Plan B. However, I would be losing so much of what I love about fall wedding’s : wheat, burnt oranges, browns, pumpkins, smore’s, campfires!
Has anyone had to make a season sacrafice? If so, do you regret not waiting for the season you love?
Does anyone have any inspiration or words of wisdom regarding the amazing decor that spring can bring as well?
Post # 3
This probably isn’t exactly what you want to hear, lol. I originally thought we would get married in October 2010, but FH wanted to “just relax” after getting engaged. So our options were Spring 2011 or October 2011…and I chose to wait a whole nother year just for a Fall wedding.
BUT…Spring is beautiful! You can have peonies! Oh how I love peonies! Do you guys have azaleas in Virginia? Lose those too! It will be lovely, just in a softer color and more flowers kind of way!
Post # 4
@ktbrady: Haha, thanks for the advice 🙂 Unfortunaetly I am not very big on flowers! I was planning on substituting all flowers in my Fall wedding with baby’s breath and having my bridesmaids carry lanterns instead of bouquets.
I do like the white’s, tan’s, and soft pink tones though – so that could possibly work!
Post # 5
I totally understand – I would prefer a fall wedding too. Fall in New England, where I live, is simply the BEST. I love it! All the gorgeous reds, burgundies, cranberries, browns, and bright bright blue sky! I could go on.
But, because of my work, we could pretty much only do it in June. Which will be beautiful too, I’m sure, but it’s especially hard right now when all the wedding blogs are featuring gorgeous fall weddings!
The only thing I can tell you is the advice someone gave me – it will be perfect in ways you don’t even expect. There will be things about getting married in the spring, when everything is starting to come alive again, that will be startlingly beautiful and wonderful, even if you don’t know what they are right now. Good luck!
p.s. There are great options for non-floral decorations in the spring too – budding branches, dusty greens, etc.
Post # 6
I did! I really wanted to get married in October because it is my favorite month and just so pretty with the leaves changing and everything. I got engaged in Oct 2009 so theoretically Oct 2010 would be perfect EXCEPT that my brother was already engaged and planning a wedding for Aug 28 and FI’s mom was already engaged and planning a wedding for Oct 17, 2010. So October was definitely out and September seemed to “wedged between” their weddings and November was out because FI’s mom wouldn’t have been able to get the time to fly here probably.
I definitely didn’t want to wait a full year just to get married in the month I love so we decided on February. And honestly– I have TOTALLY gotten into the winter wedding thing. I’m so excited about it! I think once you make that decision you just need to commit to it and look up lots of inspiration for your time of year. Plus, any day you marry your Fiance is a good day, regardless of the season 🙂
Post # 7
I think if getting married in the Fall is that important to you there is still time to find a venue.
We got married in August of 2010 and didn’t find our venue till November of 2009. So you still have time.
Give yourself another month or of in depth hardcore venue searching and see what you come up with. Look in places you didn’t think to look before.
Read local photographer’s blogs, event planner blogs, florist blogs, make up artists blogs. They were a great source of information for me.
Don’t get discouraged! It took us a disheartening 9 months to find the perfect venue.
Post # 8
I’ve been venue shopping too recently. Last week, my two top choices each had only one date in September and no dates in October. These were both more unique one-of-a-kind venues. However, my third choice was a hotel and they still had lots of dates open in September/October. This is probably partly due to the fact that there are just so many hotels in my area. Have you looked at any hotels? Maybe that would be an option- although it may mean that you have to choose between your dream venue and your dream season. The hotel I was looking at did say though that we could have the ceremony or the cocktail hour outside in their courtyard rather than the ballroom, so you still may be able to have part of the event outside even at a hotel.