It’s hard to believe it’s October already. Holiday season is just around the corner and I want to chat today about holiday weddings. Hosting a wedding on or around a major holiday has been gaining popularity in the last few years. There are definitely a few pros to the option but there are some major cons as well. But, is it the right option for you? Here are a few questions to ask yourself and some things to consider before setting that holiday date.
- Are the majority of your guests local or from out of town? If the majority of your guests will be traveling in from out of town, a holiday wedding may not be the best option. Airline and hotel prices tend to spike around major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Fourth of July. Hosting your wedding around one of these major holidays could almost double the cost for your out of town guests.
- What day of the week is the holiday on? If the holiday falls on a weekend, that means your wedding either has to take place on the day immediately preceding or following the holiday or on a weekday. Neither are particularly good options.
- Do you always want your anniversary to compete with the holiday? I have a friend that got married on July 3rd. Every year since then they have had to choose whether they wanted to celebrate their anniversary or go on getaways with friends to celebrate the holiday. If you get married near a major holiday, you could spend every year from this point forward letting it fall to the wayside because the holiday takes president.
- Is the holiday a major family gathering day? If you choose to get married in the days or week before or after a major family holiday like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah guests may be less likely to attend due to family commitments and pre planned holiday travel.
- Does the holiday include a long weekend? Getting married the weekend of Memorial Day or Labor Day (sometimes even 4th of July) is great because there is already a built in day for travel. You can even host your wedding on a Sunday allowing guests to not have to take any vacation days to attend.
- Does the holiday have special meaning to you? Did you first say “I love you” beneath the fireworks on 4th of July? Did you get engaged on Christmas morning? If one of these holidays has special meaning to your relationship and you can’t imagine celebrating at any other time, then go for it!
Would you consider having your wedding around a major holiday? Comment below and let us know.