(Closed) Venue date is already taken and I'm in a tight spot. Any suggestions?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Columbus day is not a holiday that is really recognised every where. A lot of people still have work, I know my kids have school. I think by moving it to that Monday, if it works for you closest family members great, but be prepared for it not to work for some of your guests.

Post # 4
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m going to tell you to find a new venue because I LOVE THAT DATE!!!!  Why are you against considering a different spot?



Post # 5
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would say pick another Sunday vs. having it on Columbus Day.  I think prices will be higher and there is no bonus (like an extra day off for the holiday) by having it on the Monday.  So I say go with another Sunday!

Post # 7
13010 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

To be honest, I wouldn’t go to a Monday evening wedding unless I was really close to you.  I get up early for work, so even a 9pm end time would be late by the time I got home since I get up at 4 for work, and unless you’re really close to me, I don’t take time off from work easily. 

You aren’t going to get much of a discount since it’s a holiday.  My venue actually charges more for having an event done on a federal holiday (which Columbus Day is). 

Post # 8
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Does everyone in your area get that day off? Because we sure don’t. If people are 2 hours away, they certainly won’t be driving home right after the wedding, forcing them to take a day off/stay in a hotel. Honestly, i’d look at a different venue that has your ideal date or a Saturday that you can afford, possibly that is much closer to the bulk of your guest list.

Post # 9
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

In DC or NoVA, Columbus day should be fine. I would book it. People can make it to work the next day if you end at 9.

Post # 10
663 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Vegas Wedings

You have a tough decision to make. I guess Im going to vote for Friday. People will have to only take .5-1 day off work as opposed to 1-1.5 days off work if you did it on Columbus Day. Like PPs have said, that isnt normally a day people get off; Im a state employee and dont have it off.

Post # 11
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Would you be willing to move it to the weekend of Veteran’s Day? I think way more people get that monday off. I’m getting married the Saturday before veteran’s and it has helped us a lot, and no one has charged us more for being a holiday weekend.

Post # 12
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I say stick with your venue and pick another date. When I went venue shopping I searched based on the Venue being my #1 goal, and chose the date based on their available days that matched my criteria. 


Also I don’t get Columbus Day off myself. For people like me even if you had gotten Sunday it wouldn’t have made much of a difference/convenience for me. Not thaht I’m ivited lol, just an example.


Post # 13
1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Can you push it back a month and do the Sunday of Veterans Day? Veterans Day is 11/11/13 which is a Monday..so you could do 11/10/13?

It’s a completey different month though..and colder.. but I seriously considered 11/11/12 for my wedding because it was the same idea. (Veterans Day is on a Sunday this year so people get off Monday for it..)

In my area, Veterans Day is more of a day off than Columbus Day.

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