(Closed) Why did you pick your date?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I knew I wanted a late summer/early fall wedding, based on weather and where we were getting married, as well as for family members to make our destination wedding.  We also wanted to save as much money as possible and have it not be too stressful.  It ended up being a little over a year, and that was nice.  I do admit though, it was odd seeing people who got engaged after me then get married before me, but with all the details of planning a wedding, I don’t know how they got something together so fast!   So overall, a year worked for us.  I suggest writing down what you want, taking a look at your finances and goals, and it’ll come to you 🙂  Good luck! 

Post # 4
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Well, simply put, we picked our wedding day because it looked cool and would be an anniversary that was easy to remember: 12-1-12. It was right the amount of time away, in our wedding timeline. For us about 5 months, but that only worked because miraculously the dress I fell in love with in the store was a priority dress and took less than a month to come in. We wanted to get married in the cold because we both prefer winter over summer, didn’t want a beach honeymoon, prefered a snowy cabin in the woods, and most importantly, winter is the best time of year to snuggle!! 

Post # 6
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We got engaged about a month ago, and are planning to get married late next year.

Next year is my final year of uni, so I’ll have the summer holidays off (November-Feb) to get married and have our honeymoon. If we waited for the following year, it would be my first year in full-time grad work, and I don’t want to ask for time off within the first 12 months. And any longer would have been too long to wait!

Post # 7
7738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We picked the date that worked for us. Here in the Southern hemisphere, November is when university ends, it’s the end of spring (my favourite season) and it’s warm. (Same reasoning as @seree:  above me). So that’s equivalent to May in the Northern hemisphere. Sounds perfect!

In answer to your other question, I think any colour can work in any season. March 1st is like our September 1st (i.e. the time of year I’m having right now), and I think a rainbow look would be beautiful at this time year; and short dresses would be fine too.

Post # 8
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had a year and a half engagement.  We were in no rush and we were (are) students in graduate school and higher ed.  We picked Oct. because in our area it’s very nice weather.  It’s before it gets too hot and before it’s cold (for california, anyway).

Post # 9
587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MissThespian:  Yes that’s definitely a spring, summer thing. I think more summer than spring, really. I’m not particularly picky about ANYTHING but I think colors should be season appropriate. I don’t wear neons in the winter, you know?


As for us, whatever date we end up finally picking (keeps changing) will be whatever the venue has available. I highly recommend finding a venue you love and THEN worrying about the date and not the other way around.

Post # 10
4653 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I knew I wanted an August wedding but I didn’t want it my birthday weekend or my dads birthday weekend. I found out the 17th was the day my grandpa and late grandma got married and I felt like it would be a special way to honnor her a little bit.

Post # 11
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I really wanted 11-3-12 because I like the way it looks,  but several people had a conflict with that date.  We knew we wanted it to be this year, and I wasn’t willing to make it later than November 3rd because of the holidays, so we went with 10-27-12, which I wasn’t thrilled with by visual purposes, but I’ve grown to love it now that I see it on everything I write up or stamp/etc.  Basically go with what works for you and your venue. 

Warning: dont get your heart set on a date if you have a venue in mind, its better to call them and ask what they have open and go from there, because even what you might think is an unpopular venue will book up well in advance!!

Post # 12
1975 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

we wanted a date that sounded good, easy to remember and gave us enough time to save. 9-11-13 is perfect so that is what we choose

Post # 13
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it all depends on where you’re going to get married. We are having an outdoor wedding in southern California, so to avoid any crazy heat but to still keep it sometime in the summer we decided on 9/7/12. I suggest that you choose which season you’d love to get married in and that it doesn’t conflict with work or anything else that may already be scheduled. 

Post # 14
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

A few factors, some more important than others.

1. I hate hot weather. Like, haaaate hot weather. It does terrible things to my hair and my mood. So, no summer or even late spring or early fall for us. We also didn’t want a 6 month or 18 month engagement. Narrowed it down to March, April or early May.

2. Darling Husband didn’t want to chance snow (not that that happens more than twice a year here, but we figured why chance it?)

3. We got engaged on March 12, 2011 so our engagement was almost exactly one year.

4. DH’s favorite number is 3 and I like cool dates……..anniversary = 3.3.12.

5. We wanted to avoid family birthdays and holidays. I have a huge family.

Post # 15
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My criteria:  had to be on the same date as our anniversary when we became a couple. November 25, 2012 will mark our 14 year anniversary and our wedding date.

Post # 16
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We were engaged in August 2011; we knew we wanted a 1-year-ish engagement.  My nephew was getting married in May and my cousin in September — both of those dates had been nailed down in 2010 and we didn’t want to get married before either of them.  So we decided on fall 2012, then looked at the Penn State football schedule (lots of season tix in the family, including us) and Oct 13th was the bye week, so we nailed down that date.

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