The day we got engaged the questions about wedding details started coming at us from everywhere. I’m sure any newly engaged woman has experienced this and sympathizes with the overwhelming feeling we had at the beginning of our engagement. Of course I loved, and still love, telling our proposal story and showing off my ring but I wasn’t expecting all of the wedding questions so soon after we got engaged.
Needless to say it got us thinking, so we started off 2011 in full wedding planning mode. Before we started visiting wedding venues I wanted to work out some of the details so Mr. Man and I started trying to answer some of the basic questions. We both want a small wedding so that decision was easily made. Then came the debate of getting married locally or having a destination wedding. Charleston is one of our favorite cities so I started doing some research on venues and of course I found beautiful plantations and so many wonderful unique venues. The problem came when we started to look at the travel costs for every wedding planning visit and for our guests. I just couldn’t imagine not being able to take care of something important right away in person, being that Charleston is about 5 hours from us. So Charleston was out of the question and we decided a local wedding would be the easiest for both us and our guests.
Now that we knew we would be getting married around Greensboro we needed a date. We decided that since the fall is our favorite time of year we wanted a fall wedding and October seemed like the ideal month because the leaves would be changing and we would have beautiful colors. This fall seemed like it would be too soon for us, and as you’ll find out later a lot of venues were also already booked, so we decided on fall 2012. Working out all of those details came pretty easy but that all ended when we started looking at an exact date. Below are a few questions that we worked through and that I hope will help you choose your perfect wedding date.
- Is there a major holiday the weekend you want to get married?
- Are there any events going on in your area that weekend? (major city events, university homecomings, industry events, sporting events, etc.)
- How will this affect your wedding day plans and your guests?
Picking a date in October was challenging for us because of Halloween, a local university that brings in a major crowd for their homecoming and furniture market, a large industry event in our area that books up every hotel in town. Finally we decided on October 20th, 2012 in order to avoid all of those events and to hopefully get nice fall weather and beautiful leaves.
I’d love to hear from you all, what were the first decisions you made when you started planning your wedding?