Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m new to the boards. 🙂 My boyfriend and I have been together for almost 3 years (our anniversary is January 13th!) and we are both full-time college sophomores. I’m not officially engaged yet but I will be very soon!!! 🙂 My boyfriend bought an engagement ring in March (earlier then he thought he would purchase it but he found an awesome deal) and he told me that he was going to propose “towards the end of the year” after my birthday (which is in 8 days!!!), so I’m really excited. 🙂 Since I’ll be getting engaged soon, I’ve been thinking about wedding dates. 🙂
We’ve talked about wedding dates and wedding “years” multiple times and have decided on a July or December wedding in 2014. 2013 is too soon because we need at least a year to save up for the wedding and honeymoon. The reason why we are between July or December is because I want to get married on a “13th” date that falls on a weekend in 2014 and July and December are the only months that have this that we are also off of school.
I’m leaning towards July 13th, 2014 which falls on a Sunday because my favorite season is summer, my heart is set on an outdoor wedding, and our honeymoon would be more enjoyable and easier to take in July vs. December. The reason why our honeymoon would be easier to take in July vs. December is because even though our classes end on December 12th, our finals week takes place the 15th through the 21st, so we could not take our honeymoon until December 22nd which is the most expensive and crowded time of the year at Disney World (which is where we’re going on our honeymoon for 5 days followed by a 4 day Disney Cruise to the Bahamas).
On the other hand, a December wedding would be cheaper. Our venue would be 1/3 less in December vs. July and having a December wedding would give us over 2 years to save. Our wedding date would also be really cool, it would be 12-13-14 which would be the last “counting up” date for 100 years. It sounds really dumb but I just thought it was unique. Traveling to Disney World in Florida in December would also have much cooler and pleasurable weather compared to hot and humid July.
What would you do? I’m so indecisive and don’t know which date to pick! (Waiting until we finish college to have a better variety of dates isn’t an option, lol) Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
I really wanted a winter wedding, so I’d go for December.
Why not add a poll?
Post # 4
I would choose December as well! I hate being hot and things are much more affordable during the “off” months.
Post # 5
I vote for Dec… but I’m the type of person that hates the heat… I always say that you can put more clothes on….and you can only take SO MUCH off!
Post # 6
december! i would hate to be pouring sweat on my wedding day!
Post # 7
You mentioned classes and finals. The weeks leading up to the wedding, it will be very hard to focus on anything other than the wedding. Wedding planning is stressful, and so are finals. No need to combine the two. That’s why I’m voting for July. It seems you both will have more peace of mind then.
Post # 8
very good point, @apriljo2011!!
Post # 9
december. vendors are cheaper, the decor is a no brainer (pine boughs and fairy lights?? GORGEOUS, and inexpensive), and you can go on a hot honeymoon right away, instead of either waiting for winter, or going somewhere tropical in july, which seems like a waste to me.
Post # 10
How hot is it where you are in July? I would never have an outdoor wedding in July because the humidity would be awful. So, I say december.
Post # 11
I see you are in the midwest like me, so I think July could be very pleasant outside.
I would avoid December just because its so close to the holidays and all the other reasons you mentioned, plus weather is more unpredicatble in Dec.
Although 12/13/14 would be an awesome date!
Post # 12
December. Costs of everything will be WAY cheaper.
Post # 13
I was a July bride and it was great. I definitely wanted a sunny, warm day and we got married late afternoon-early evening, so heat wasn’t really a problem. We had an indoor-outdoor venue, which was great. July also has more predictable weather, at least in my area. It’s almost always guaranteed to be warm and sunny. In December, in my area, we had to contend with rain, cold, floods, etc.
Something to consider for December weddings (and I originally wanted a winter wedding) would be weather (cold/rainy?) and people’s schedules. December(s) are hectic for most people and most cultures celebrate some sort of major holiday in December. We are personally super swamped in December between holiday parties with friends and co-workers, and general gatherings with families, plus shopping for gifts. Plus, money will be tight around the holidays as many are shopping for gifts, so out-of-town people may not want to travel to your wedding and spend money or be as willing to shell out $$$ for a gift.
Post # 14
We’re having a December 2013 wedding. 🙂
Post # 15
I vote July — you do NOT want to be handling finals in the lead-up to your wedding. Plus you won’t be competing with your friends’ academic schedules, potential bad weather, and maybe even people’s holiday plans! People’s budgets and vacation time are always tight near the holidays in my experience.
Also, people are saying that everything will be cheaper in December…I’m not sure I’d count on that for stuff like flowers, if you’re planning live flowers. You’ll have a wider selection of things in season in July. Also, vendors themselves often like to have some time off in the lead-up to the holidays!
Of course, if you do have a winter wedding, I have no doubt that it will be gorgeous. Just my two cents. 🙂
Post # 16
July has my vote. I prefer warm weather..but winter weddings are beautiful too! Clearly i’m no help.. 😀