This past week in addition to celebrating the 4th of July, some people were celebrating anniversaries and attending weddings! For some, the holidays are a time to celebrate more than just what happened in the past, but also a time to celebrate the future.
It’s inevitable, each year we get inquiries from brides-to-be that want to know what it’s like, or if it’s feasible to plan a wedding on or during a holiday. Short answer: yes! It’s definitely doable, and when done well, can be really special. Here are some tips on how to best incorporate the holidays into your wedding if you’ve chosen to have your wedding on a holiday.
Memorial or Labor Day
These two holidays mark the unofficial beginning and end of the summer. Memorial Day offers the excitement of what’s to come, and Labor Day provides the opportunity to savor what’s left of the season. Either way, it’s a time to celebrate! Fan of BBQ? How about offering an upscale version either for the main dinner, or perhaps a BBQ bar with fan favorites for the after party for those late-night cravings.
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is often a popular wedding date but given that it’s already one of the biggest party days of the year, make sure you do something more than just hats and noisemakers for midnight. Instead, customize the celebration to you and your significant other so that your guests won’t just remember it as any old NYE, but rather your wedding night! How about small bottles of monogrammed champagne? It’s an “Instagrammable moment” and something that people will utilize – either that night, or another!
Another fun idea is to have everyone write down their New Year's resolutions and put them into a time capsule - seal it and plan to open it at a later date to reveal who kept their resolutions. This is a great way to keep the celebration alive for years to come!
If it's the 4th of July and your budget allows, have fireworks! Sparklers are great too, and they provide a really fun, interactive (and inexpensive!) way to add a little pizzazz to your celebration.
Father’s Day or Mother’s Day
If you’re having your wedding on the same weekend as Father's Day or Mother's Day, be sure to find a special way to acknowledge the parents who are coming. Perhaps with a little token gift such as a free manicure or hand scrub at the hotel spa for Mom, if there is one. Or perhaps a free round of golf for Dad, or beer at a nearby bar.
Whatever the holiday, your loved ones will be happy to celebrate with you and create some amazing memories. That said, there are some things to consider before finalizing those holiday celebration plans.
- Many plan family trips around the holidays, so check in with those most important to you that that this isn't issue and to prevent any hard feelings.
- Before you sign on that dotted line and pop the bubbly to celebrate booking your venue, check into the local hotels in the area and make they have availability but also that the room rates aren't significantly higher than on a non-holiday weekend. And remember to ask about two-night minimum requirements!
- Some vendors might charge more to work on holidays, especially New Year’s Eve. (We're looking at you bands and DJs!) So, don't be shocked at the pricing and ask why they charge more and see if there is anything you can do to help.
- Pro tip: If they need accommodations, offer up one of the discounted rooms in your block!