Post # 1
So Fiance have a tentative hold on October 12th which is the Sunday before Columbus Day. My Maid/Matron of Honor pointed out that not everyone gets this day off. She doesn’t but would take the next day off. I don’t want my guest list to drop down or for people to leave early. I know I can’t control people’s schedules obviously.
any advice? Any one else with th same date? As a guest how would you feel about that date. It’s in the area of our families and FIs friends but 45 minutes from my friends. It’s at a hotel and we have rooms blocked off if that helps any.
Post # 3
@BeeinBoston: I don’t have that day off, most schools and jobs don’t in my area. I woulda say, in my area, the people that have it off are in minority. That being said, if you were family I saw fairly often I would still attend, especially if I am that close. I mean 45 min is nothing. I drive that every Sunday to play soccer.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
It’s not a day I get off work anymore either, I used to when I worked for federal gov, but no longer and I really don’t know anyone else who gets the day off either. Seems to vary regionally though, sometimes if you’re in an area with a lot of federal offices more people are likely to also get the day off – this was the case at my previous job/location.
So, I’d just treat it as a Sunday wedding and nothing else…if you were a close friend or family member I would just take the Monday off of work and attend. If you were not very close to me, I’d still attend but plan to leave early so I could get home and to bed at a reasonable time for work the next day.
Post # 5
I don’t get Columbus Day off, and I think it’s the same for my other private sector friends. I’m not sure if my public sector friends get the day off. But, I usually end up taking a long weekend to attend weddings anyway. If it’s on a Sunday, I’d just end up using Monday as a travel day instead of Friday. I wouldn’t treat it like a holiday weekend wedding, but I also don’t think a Sunday wedding would be a big issue for you anyway since most of your guests are less than 1 hour away. Personally, I’d keep the date you have and book the venue.
Post # 6
Columbus Day is getting to be observed less and less around the country — while it is observed widely in New England, it isn’t in the rest of the country.
To be honest, though, I don’t like Sunday weddings and probably wouldn’t give up a long holiday weekend unless it was someone I’m really close to. If it was local, I’d go and probably leave early if I had to work.
Post # 7
thanks ladies. I’m one of those people that have been trying to make it as easy for my guests as possible. im so stressed out!
Post # 8
@abbie017: we aren’t planning on inviting anyone we are not close to so hopefully people will want to stay and celebrate with us. I appreciate the input though!
Post # 9
I don’t get it off too and would probably want to leave early-ish to go to work the next day. Have you thought about maybe doing a mid day wedding?
My husband gets very few vacation days too so he can’t really afford to take the next day off.
Post # 10
@BeeinBoston: I think any time you have a Sunday wedding you run the risk of having guests leave early. As long as you realize you’re not going to have guests partying all night with you like it’s a Friday night or Saturday night, I think you’re fine having it on a Sunday.
Post # 11
the wedding coordinator emailed me to tell me the Saturday before just opened up! Yay!! Fingers crossed that it works out, Fiance is in a meeting and I don’t want to make such a bug decision without consulting with him.