We’re celebrating the July 4th holiday with a special edition of our Wedding Wednesdays Q&A. The wedding planning question this week is about a holiday wedding.
Q: We’re having a destination wedding and we’re thinking about doing it on a holiday weekend so that our guests can have a longer vacation and won’t have to take as much time off. Do you think this is a good idea?
I think it’s wonderful that you’re thinking about your guests and trying to make the trip out for your destination wedding as easy as possible. While choosing a holiday weekend for your wedding is helpful in terms of your guests being able to get time off from work, it does come with its drawbacks.
The first drawback is that since many people travel during holiday weekends it usually ends up making flights and accommodations more expensive for your guests. What this also means is that your location will likely also be experiencing a higher number of tourists which can make local attractions and other activities more congested. Another thing to consider is that holiday weekends are also popular choices for local weddings (non-destination couples), so you’ll have more competition to get not only your venue but your other vendors as well.
Last, but not least you’ll just want to make sure that you are comfortable with having a holiday wedding, meaning that your wedding will always be associated with that holiday. You don’t have to love the holiday (although that would be nice), but it will forever be a part of your wedding day (i.e. Christmas wedding or a Thanksgiving wedding), so just make sure you’re comfortable that.
Holiday weekends are great opportunities to get married, you just want to weigh the pros and cons before moving forward so that you understand the potential obstacles you may face.
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