Post # 1
We’re trying to decide our timing… about a third (maybe more) of our invites will be to Out of Town guests, and half of our attendants will be from out of town.
Most of those OOT’ers are in their mid- to late-20s, finishing up grad school or working.
Do you think they’ll be more likely able to attend a spring wedding or a fall wedding? (Our situations prevent us from doing winter, and I’m dead set against a summer weddding.)
Post # 3
For my out of town family, they would be more able to take time off work to travel for in the Spring than in the Fall. Both would be beautiful though!
Post # 4
Spring (IMO) there is always too much going on in the fall & tons of other weddings…
Post # 5
we were in a similar situation. most w/ kids or working in school weren’t able to take time off to fly internationally. have it on a weekend such that people cna fly after work on fri if necessary. i think they’ll appreciate that.
we picked fall b/c springs in ny are short and we seem to go directly from winter to summer. not sure if that matters to you but i didn’t want to get dressed up if it was still cold out. plus we had people coming from the tropics that would’ve had the same issue about the cold.
Post # 6
i don’t think it will matter as long as you give them enough time in advance to take time off of work and plan ahead. But I think a spring wedding would be fabulous… everyone is excited to get back into the wedding mood & will probably be more willing to come, unlike in the fall after they’ve probably spent lots of $ traveling & going to weddings over the summer. Just my opinion though. Good luck!
Post # 7
You mentioned a few people are in school, is there a way to find out when their spring break is? We got incredibly lucky and found that five schools that the majority of my friends attend had their spring breaks beginning or ending one weekend in March, so we picked that one!
Post # 8
Same situation for us, a lot of my friends are graduating so we actually planned ours for Spring (end of May) so that are closest friends can attend! We actually chose the weekend after graduation too, that way its a grad party for them too (our wedding is in Aruba…so vacation before the job starts!) That could be the same for you…have your wedding in Spring so that people have a nice break after school is done especially if they’re from out of town!
Post # 9
99% of my is Out of Town guests because we live away from our families. We picked the end of May to accomodate, through graduations could be a problem-tho we shouldn’t have any students that will graduating in our family. I really think spring is better than fall. People have a hard time getting off work during the fall because of the holiday seasons and a lot of black out days. My other job black out dates started around Oct till Feb..it was horrible but I worked in retail. Also August was hard because of back to school..It was soo hard to get off during the fall :(.
Post # 10
Spring seems to be the better time. Most people are headed back to school in the fall or family members sending their kids back to school. Most spring breaks do line up at the same time so that would be a good time.
Post # 11
Spring is likely best because it is earlier in the year because working guests are less likely to have run out of vacation time and those in school will either have spring break or may even be done with the semester (depending on when you choose to have it).
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
The only problem with spring break is that are people really going to cut their break short to go to a wedding? I’d be afraid of that, but that age group might also not really go away for break.
Post # 13
‘that age group’ – fiftyfootbride, you crack me up… you’re only a year younger than me!
Post # 14
how far out of town? If it’s only like 2 hours for most of the guests I don’t think it will matter when you plan it for, they’ll still come!
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club
I’m in grad school right now, and we are having our wedding in late May…so I’d say go for spring…but I’m biased!
Post # 16
As long as its sufficient time, the people who want to be there will find a way to be there.
As a former grad student, I’d prefer the fall because the spring is busy, busy, busy. BUT as a young professional, I’d prefer the spring because fall weddings are all too common for people my age.