Post # 1
Well, I guess if you’re on this board, you’d say YAY!!! 🙂
But what about all the other people — friends, family, vendors? What did they say or do when you announced your wedding date?
In our situation, my parents loved the idea from the beginning, but his took a while to, ahem, warm up to the idea. Most people were polite enough not to comment if they didn’t like the concept, but I actually had a few potential vendors make some snide remarks (hence why they went from the “potential” list to the “NOPE” list).
One vendor who did make the cut even joked that he’d be there “come hell or high… um… snowbank!” Good thing too, since he’s our JOP!
What about you ladies?
Post # 3
As long as you’re not looking to have an outdoor wedding, in a snowstorm, on New Year’s Day I can’t imagine why January would be bad! You can have a winter themed event and everyone has something to look forward to after Christmas! I get that Boston, and New England, are cold and have snowy winters but hey we still all go out! We aren’t bears who hibernate! You can do some cute wintery things like hot chocolate favors!
Post # 4
I had the opposite thing happen. His parents LOVED it mine were a little ehh with it. We’re getting married via a disney cruise so we picked January because it’s the off season and a lot cheaper.
Friends were a little ehh with it, some just because it was a cruise, others because they will have just started up their semester and then have to take almost a week off for travel and the cruise. Other than that, we really didn’t have any issues.
And I’m super excited about it! We also picked January because my fiance and I graduate in December. So January just made a lot of sense to us 🙂
Post # 5
@sparkle: We aren’t bears who hibernate!
Hahaha precisely. Thank you. Please, may I quote you on that next time someone says “but… January is so… cold!”? That is exactly the response I’ve been trying to find.
Post # 6
Some of my out of town friends were disappointed that they wouldn’t be coming to Greece in the summer! But the tickets are so much cheaper in winter, so it works well for our out-of-town guests I think and Athens is still awesome and fun in the winter.
One of my old teachers told me something very sweet- that it is a beautiful way to start the year. 🙂 I agree. 🙂
Other than that, I didn’t get any comments about January being a wierd month.
Post # 7
My two cents:
I LOVE the idea of a winter wedding (and even considered it myself) until I tried to go to a February wedding in DC. This just so happened to fall on the same weekend as the DC blizzard of 2010 (or, as they called it, “Snowmageddon” and “Snowpocalypse”).
If you have the “come hell or high snowbanks” attitude and your parents/loved ones are fully supportive of it, I say go for it!
In the case of my friend, the only people who made it were those in the wedding party (and there were even a few missing from that who had planned on just coming in the day of the wedding, like the groom’s brother) so she had a day of crying and soul searching with her fiance, trying to make the difficult decision whether to just get married anyway or to reschedule and lose money but have all of their loved ones there.
As a bummer note, I was in the bridal party so I got there a day early. SO and I ended up holed up in our hotel room, with no heat or electricity (it was BAD weather) and not even an open liquor store to help us pass the time. Plus, being a full time grad student and working a full-time job at the time, I couldn’t take another weekend off to come to their rescheduled wedding a few weeks after.
If it were me, I would have just said “screw it, I’m getting married today!” but they ended up postponing, and I don’t blame them, they did what was best for them. I will say that everyone was EXTREMELY supportive of their decision and told them they would be supportive no matter what choice they made.
I think you should just be prepared for the worst and have a plan B (get married anyway? postpone if no one can come?) but hope for the best.
Post # 8
Well aren’t you the Debbie Downer! 🙂 lol
But you’re right, there is an increased chance of snow conditions making things really difficult for a wedding…but what are the chances of that happening? It depends on the location I guess.
I told my friends to plan on arriving here at least 4 days before the wedding so that if there were flight delays, they’d still have a good chance of making it on time.
Post # 9
@Evie19: Ha! Sorry to drag everyone down. WOMP WOMP.
Post # 10
I’ve been to two New Years Day weddings in Boston and loved both of them. It is a great way to ring in the new year.
My only fear would be snowstorms. Would most of your guests be nearby, or would they have to come in from out of town?
Post # 11
Everyone here loves it as its summer in NZ in Jan! We actually chose the date as I am a teacher and it is during the long summer holidays so I don’t need to take extra time off work. Heaps of relatives from overseas are coming as they can come home for Christmas and stay for the wedding.
That being said, I know of 2 different people who got married in NZ in January (different years) and there were massive storms on their wedding day and floods so no month is safe weather wise!
Fiance and I look at in in the way that we can’t control the weather. Whatever happens on the day happens. When we booked our photographer we saw amazing photos she did of a wedding day during a storm with the rain etc, almost enough to want a bit of rain on our day!
I wouldn’t mind having a winter wedding, and I absolutely loved Mrs Champagnes wedding and hers was in the winter.
Post # 12
@nzgirl: You’re right! No one ever knows what could happen weather-wise on their wedding day.
In Greece, January is cool, but not usually freezing and snow is not likely.
I always wanted a winter wedding though, I love the formality, coziness, warmth, glamour of it!
Post # 13
I would say YAY as January is Summer in Australia, I associate January with holidays and the beach and hanging out with friends.
Post # 14
Post holiday drama celebration! I think brides should make the most of it… and the major discounts! So many vendors and venues just want the date filled, so get negotiating!
Post # 15
…snow! As a New Englander, I guess I’ve learned to anticipate snow in January but as PPsnoted, winter weddings are very pretty. I think the only risk is a weather condition that would prohibit guests from traveling. However, you can’t control the weather, I had a beach wedding in hurricane season and didn’t think twice until the warnings for Ivan (I think that was the I name) started to his the news a week before the wedding.
Post # 16
I say hurray! I love winter wedding pics. I am starting to question my January date though. I live in the mountains(220″+ a year) and most of our guests are coming from out of town. What if they can’t get here? If I waited til March the chances of travel would be better. But I probably wouldn’t have snow for my pics