Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to a brand spanking new Wedding Wednesdays Q&A. In honor of the upcoming July 4th holiday, this week’s question is about a 4th of July wedding: My fiance and I are trying to pick a date for our wedding and we only have a few limited options because of both of our work schedules. The day that works out best timing wise is on a holiday (July 4th) weekend. The 4th of July weekend is nice because people will have a long weekend, but I’m worried that having a wedding on a holiday could be a bad idea. What do I need to consider before choosing it as my wedding date?
Many couples do try to aim for holiday weekends for their weddings (especially destination weddings) purely because of the long weekend. And I will say that it is nice to have that extra day for everyone, but there are some things you will want to consider before moving forward with your 4th of July wedding.
First off, holiday weekends will be more expensive for anyone who has to travel. Things like flights, hotels, and rental cars will all be at a higher rate for the holiday. Also, if your wedding is taking place in a tourist destination (like Napa or New York or Hawaii), you will have larger than normal crowds in the area, which could potentially add on problems like traffic, getting taxis, or even privacy for the wedding venue itself (if it is at a hotel for example).
Another big factor to consider is that you may have to pay your wedding vendors a higher rate because of the holiday weekend. This is especially true if your wedding falls on the actual holiday itself. In addition, you may find that some vendors will not work on that weekend, which may leave you with more limited options. If you have your heart set on a certain wedding planner or photographer or florist, you might want to check with them before picking the date.
Now these all sound like Debbie downer things, but there are lots of upsides to a holiday wedding besides the long weekend. Your anniversary will always fall on a holiday so, you’ll always have the time off to celebrate which is nice. If you have a bad memory, you will never forget your anniversary date. And most importantly, if the holiday has special significance to one or both of you, that is also a nice touch. A 4th of July wedding would be particularly great for some American history buffs. But, in the end, you have to pick a date that works for you, so just go into it knowing the potential problems you might have to work around or plan for and you’ll be fine.
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Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans!