Holidays are always a lot of fun. It’s a great time to celebrate with your closest friends and family, but there has always been a big question over what the consensus is of having your wedding on (or near) a holiday.
While it’s a great opportunity to have a themed wedding, such as Halloween, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, or in and around Thanksgiving/Christmas it may not be the best time of year to schedule your special day. If you have your heart set on it, we definitely say, “Go for it!” but there are a few things that you’ll have to consider, before you set the date.
As we said holidays are times that people usually have pretty standard plans to travel, or visit friends and family. When you schedule your wedding on a holiday, you are essentially making them choose between you and them, and you may not like their choice. Sometimes holidays are the only opportunities people get to see certain family members, to travel or get together and would prefer not to have those plans made for them. If you have your wedding around a busy holiday season, like in between Thanksgiving and Christmas where people are extremely busy and doing a lot of running around, it will potentially be a little bit of an inconvenience.
Another downside to having a holiday wedding is the travel costs and congestion. Plane tickets will be more expensive, and holiday traffic will not only delay your guests but your own wedding plans as well.
Sometimes 3-day weekends have an advantage by giving your guests an extra day to recover from the wedding shindig, but you’ll also disappoint guests who love to kick back on those holidays, head to the beach, go on a mini vacation or relax with their friends.
You also need to know that planning on a holiday will make it much more difficult for you. Not only may venues be more expensive due to holiday party booking competition, you may also have a harder time finding a band or DJ to accommodate you. They’ll most likely be already booked for the holiday.
In general, while it’s ok to have your wedding on a holiday if it’s what you truly want, after all its your day… you just need to be understanding that your guest list may be a little smaller, and accommodations will be more expensive and difficult to make.