4th of July as wedding date?

Hi ladies! my FI and I are about to set the date.  I was thinking of the 4th of July 2009, since this will also be our 5th (dating) anniversary.  The thing is, FI is not very convinced about setting the date on the holiday weekend since he feels it would be very inconvenient for our guests and there may be a chance that they would back out and not come on the day of.


So for you ladies having your wedding on a holiday weekend, what are some factors that we should take into consideration (such as traffic) before setting the date.


 


TIA!

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 7:13 am
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beatie
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One main concern with be the cost.  Some vendors may charge more for a holiday weekend.  Also, travel costs for your guests may be higher, like airfare and hotels.  That might make it less likely for them to travel.  But if you hope to keep the guest list numbers down, then it may be a good thing! :)

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 7:16 am
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We were going to do the 4th, we decided on the 3rd of july, 09. He is in the military and gets a longer leave since its the holiday weekend, and lots of people get the friday or monday off since its a federal holiday. Most people go on vacation, and with enough notice they can make your wedding their vacay! I would say things we are worried about: traffic, so we are going down a day early (and so will most of our families that don't already live near our venue) and hotel room prices and how fast they will book up. (we are getting married near the beach...soo). Thats it, hey u get free fire works on your wedding night!! hope that helps a little bit! GL!

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 7:20 am
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beatie: i did forget about airfare! but we will tell all of our out-of-towners to book early, hopefully that will help.


and none of our vendors so far have charged us extra for it being the holiday weekend! :)

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 7:23 am
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I personally would not have my wedding that day, but I can see why you would want to  :)  For a lot of people the 4th is about having a BBQ, wearing a swimsuit & partying with the family & neighbors at a block party.  Unless I was REALLY close to you I'd probably have a tich of bum'ness knowing I'd be at a wedding on my favorite holiday.


 


No offence is meant I'm just being honest!!!!  :)

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 7:25 am
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Sorry, but I am with MrsTong. 4th of July is one of those holidays where you go to the lake, or the beach or something. I don't think I have ever been home on the 4th. Not sure where your guests are from, but I know that all of our friends/family on the East Coast are super into their 4th of July parades, you know all the traditions.... Sorry. Maybe your group is different? Have you ran the idea by any of your guests?

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 7:30 am
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Im having a labor day weekend wedding- but in my case it was helpful!


We WERE going to have our wedding on the 4th of July too (B/C thats when FI proposed!) but changed our mind- all for one reason- my sister convinced me that if we wern't going to do something cool- like see the fireworks show, ect. then we shouldn't.  Does this make sense?  We were working on a cool location- but that fell through.  When we switched locations and it wasn't anything special for the 4th- we change our mind...


- HMM :)

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 7:34 am
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I would stay away from having my wedding on a holiday weekend. For the same reasons Beatie and MrsTong mentioned.  But its your anniversary and if it means that much to you, go for it, just be prepared for pay more and have less guests.

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 7:37 am
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but one good thing is that a lot of people will have either that Friday or Monday off, most companies give you one of those days if the holiday falls on the weekend...

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 7:46 am
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Many places actually don't charge more for b/c its on a holiday weekend- when we were looking anyway???  It really just traveling issues and people being able to attend.  Also vendors book up quickly b/c of the demand- I learned my lesson the hard way with this haha


We actually saved money having a Sunday wedding b/c everyone is off the next day (labor day) so it worked out for us! I think it also depends of how many will be there- your closest friends or family won't mind missing fireworks/ trip for your wedding.  BUT if its a big wedding- you can expect some declines.  You know?


I think 4th of july is all about the festivities and fireworks- if you could integrate that it would be awesome!  There have been some cool 'real weddings' issued over that holiday and it seems so magical with the fireworks and all....  You may just have to put some thought into it..


oooo like a wedding on a yacht- like JustAnotherBidezilla :)


If you book that date- just send an early save the date too!!!


- HMM :)

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 8:10 am
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Yep, I would send the save the dates super early, I mean, I already committed to an event for next 4th of July.

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 8:15 am
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I heard it is cheaper to have it on a holiday weekend. I personally like the idea. The holiday is about getting family together, and everyone will remember your wedding on every 4th of July. Also, you get free fireworks!!!

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 8:39 am
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I think it is a cute idea… I love fireworks which you can think are going off just for the 2 of you that day ; ) , plus your FI is military, so I just like the idea.  However, be prepared for many of your guests not making it do to the holiday.  Some may gripe, but hey, its your day not theirs!

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 8:55 am
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i would love to have fireworks at the end of our reception....FI said no....party pooper!!!

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 8:56 am
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I am getting married on the 4th of July and am super excited about it.  4th of July was our second date and it has always just been a really special holiday for us.  We decided that since we knew we were going to do the 4th, we wanted to do it somewhere that would have that same "casual" holiday vibe...and would have fireworks.  So we are getting married on a yacht in Newport Beach at 6:00.  Not only are we going to have the beachy feel with an amazing sunset, but we will have a free fireworks show right over us as well. 


What everyone is saying is VERY true.  If you do decide to go ahead with a holiday weekend you MUST do everything really far in advance.  We have already booked the venue (did it 13 months in advance), got the hotel block with shuttles, photographer, make up and hair ladies, and I will be sending out the "save the dates" next week.  So far we have been really lucky and no one has charged us extra for being a holiday.  We have a lot of people coming from out of state and everyone is really excited because it will be a long weekend and many of them have never spent the 4th in southern CA. 


If it is a special day for you and you can make it happen...I say GO FOR IT!!!

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 10:35 am
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That sounds awesome- make sure you share pictures and your planning!!!


Its a perfect way to have your wedding over that holiday!


- HMM :)

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 10:42 am
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alanacara- we were going to do newport yacht thing too, but we choose to do palos verdes instead... the hotels were fine with u blocking them so far in advance? how far will they shuttle people, and at what extra cost, if any?(if u dont mind me asking). (ps. i remember one of the ladies telling us that one of the hotels in newport hilton/hyatt cant remember has a night club in thats open til 1 am if u were thinking afterparty! we were bc only 4 hours on the boat, and the beach closes at ten!)


I agree with alanacara u have to start early, we booked venue 13 months out, save the date's going out in 2 weeks (lots of oot), booked cater, ceremony music... looking for photog. 


But u have to do what u both want to do!

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 10:52 am
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Hey YoungBride,


We decided to go with the Ramada in Costa Mesa for our hotel because they offered us such amazing prices and perks.  They are only charging us $125 a night for our rooms AND they are including FREE shuttles for our guests...meaning no one has to worry about drinking and driving and I don't need to worry about paying for it!  It's a really simple but cute hotel and I love the bridal suite.  I looked at a few hotels in Newport but they were all pretty expenisive and weren't willing to give us nearly as good of a deal because of the holiday.  We actually paid for an extra hour on the boat so we will be sailling from 6-11...not sure how we are getting around the 10pm curfew...because I have heard about that from others. 


Let me know if you have any other questions!!!


-Alana

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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