Post # 1
OK, here is my dilemna. My fiance and I had decided on the date of July 27th for our wedding. After we announced to family, we realized that date is my Great Grandma’s 104th birthday. The family typically travels to see and celebrate with her and I would never ask people to choose. I spoke with my great grandma and her caretaker, my great aunt, and both seem comfortable and happy with the thought of traveling to us and having the wedding on her brithday. We plan on having a cake for her and have everyone sing for her during the reception.
Please let me know any thoughts as I am not sure whether we should change the date…
Post # 3
We are having our wedding on the first birthday of my one-and-only niece. We will have a birthday cake especially for her, and have instructed the photographers that there shall be many fabulous pictures of her. The band will play Happy Birthday. There will be balloons and little hats. My sister is thrilled. You should think of it this way – your GG gets fabulous photography, a wonderful catered reception, and many, many things that would not necessarily go along with her birthday celebration. And you get to work this really special occasion into your event plans, which will actually be lots of fun!
Post # 4
Personally, I think that’s awesome. Chances are, more family will make the effort to come if you’ve got both events going on (I assume that’s a good thing ) Plus the singing & cake is a great way to honor her.
You could always take it a step further without totally overshadowing the wedding and set up a small table near the guest book with pics & maybe a place for your guests to write their best wishes to her as well.
If you’re really worried about not having enough of a "to do" for her, you could always turn the rehearsal dinner into more of a bday party. You’re definitely lucky she’ll be there though! Grandparents are awesome to have around 🙂
Post # 5
my grandma’s 80th birthday is on our wedding day. we considered changing the date, but it really was the best day for us and the venue. i’m getting the baker to make her a very small birthday cake so that everyone can wish her a happy birthday.
Post # 6
You did a great job in taking the initiative and talking to your grandma first to gauge her feelings. While her 104th b-day is pretty significant, it sounds like she’ll be delighted to share the spotlight for a pretty significant moment in your life, too.
The cake is a great idea, and I like MissV’s idea of having a guest book for Grandma, too, for people to write well wishes. Maybe you can take a picture of you and Great Grandma and frame it near or on the book?
Post # 7
My fiances birthday will be the same day as our wedding day, he said it’s the best birthday present he could ever wish for 🙂 but it is also my mothers boyfriends birthday, i had never thougt of getting him a birthday cake…thanks for the idea ladies!
i think that if your great grandma is alright with it, then everything is fine. is she able to physically travel for you wedding? we’re worried about my fiances grandmother making it that far (7 hours).
Post # 8
Thank you for the feedback and great ideas! I really like the guest book idea.
My great grandma can physically make the flight, 4 hours. The main issue is other opinionated family members.
Post # 9
It is ALWAYS the family members that usually cause the drama! Good luck!