So my fiancé and I really want to have our wedding on September 3, 2022 (a Saturday). That day will be our 10 year anniversary. It completely went over my head that Labor Day is September 5th, so I’m wondering if wedding venues will either have issues booking that date or charge way more because it’s considered Labor Day weekend? I’m going to reach out to our potential venues to ask, but I wanted to also reach out on here and ask if it’s common to have a wedding on a day that isn’t your original anniversary with fiancé? I guess I just always thought that keeping our original day would be cute but we can be flexible and change if need be! Did/will you get married on your original anniversary?Did/will you get married on a completely different day? Advice is appreciated
Latest activity by Cristina, on January 28, 2021 at 7:12 PM
We will be getting married on our anniversary date. Was supposed to be our four year anniversary, but thanks to Covid it will now be our six year anniversary. Our date is also on a holiday weekend, and we didn’t run into any venues or vendors charging us extra. Hopefully you have the same experience!
I don't have any advice or feedback on wedding dates just because we aren't married yet!
I will say that many of the venues we inquired pricing for had higher prices for weddings ON a holiday (Christmas Eve/Day, New Years, 4th Of July). When you ask potential venues, be clear that your wedding date is Sept. 3rd, not 5th, and if the price would be higher for a date that close to a holiday. We didn't see anything about higher pricing for a wedding date close to a holiday though!
Getting married on your dating anniversary is strictly a personal choice -- definitely not a requirement. As you're thinking, some venues may charge more or have other requirements related to a holiday weekend date. Also, it's important to consider that if your guests will need to travel for the wedding, they will likely pay more for flights and hotels. Hotels might also have multiple night reservation requirements on a holiday weekend. Finally, you may find that some of your guests have standing plans for a holiday weekend that might influence their decision to attend your wedding. There are definitely pros and cons to consider. Good luck!
Like PP said, it depends on the venue if it will be more expensive that weekend or not. But even more likely is that travel (airfare, hotels, rental cars) will be more expensive for your guests due to the holiday weekend. Also, things like more traffic and special events are important to consider.
We didn't choose our wedding date based on our "dating anniversary" date. We celebrate both anniversaries each year and I like it that way. More days to celebrate!
Congratulations! I think it would be awesome to get married on your 10 year anniversary!!
We got married on the 2-year anniversary of the day we met. I think choosing an anniversary is such a nice touch and makes the day even more sentimental. We were only dating a few months when we started talking about marriage. After we found out our anniversary fell on a Saturday in 2020, we knew that was the day. When he proposed, we didn't even have to think about the date. That was the easiest part!
My husband and I purposely picked not to get married on our anniversary which was Jan. 12. We are both December babies, then there was Christmas, then our anniversary and then Valentine's Day all within like a two month timeframe so we both agreed we wanted to get married sometime other than our anniversary.
My brother-in-law got married Labor Day weekend. I don't believe it was extra or anything. It was actually one of the few dates his venue had available when they started touring venues which was like about a year before their actual wedding. It was nice because his family (including myself) had to drive about 10 hours for the wedding it was great to have an extra day to travel.
I'd bet most venues would charge their typical Saturday pricing, despite the holiday weekend. The only day's pricing that could be higher is if you wanted to get married the Sunday before a Monday holiday - I asked some of my potential venues about this and they typically charge Saturday rates in that scenario. One thing to keep in mind about a holiday weekend are hotel rates are typically higher, but hopefully a room block will help your out-of-town guests with that!
I would've loved to have the same date for my first date-iversary (we never established an official "in a relationship" date lol) and my wedding, but really didn't want to get married on a weekday, or wait years for it to finally fall on a weekend. Maybe we'll just celebrate both!
We were initially thinking about getting married the Sunday of memorial day weekend, and all the venues we looked at charged the Saturday rate for Sundays on holiday weekends such as memorial day and labor day. We ended up settling on a Saturday in June in the end so it didn't matter. The normal difference between Saturdays and Sundays at our venue was around $3000.
We started dating in June. We got married in October. I couldn't have cared less about getting married on our original anniversary. I always wanted an October wedding, so that took precedent in our planning. We acknowledge our date-aversary, but celebrate our wedding anniversary.
We’re getting married on a totally different day (10/30/21). I prefer each special moment having its own separate date. Also, we don’t actually celebrate a “dating” anniversary... instead, we celebrate the day we first met (2/7/13). Due to covid, we postponed the wedding a full year and will now have a 3-year engagement🤪. So we are ready to get down the aisle (whether it’s just the two of us or all 60 guests).
I don't think there will be an upcharge for Labor Day weekend, but you will need to keep in mind that some people may not show up if they have vacations or something else planned for the holiday weekend as I know a lot of people tend to go away as a last hurrah for summer. Make sure you get your Save the Dates out!
As far as date, we are NOT getting married on our original anniversary. Our original anniversary is New Year's Eve and no thank you! We picked November because I've always really wanted to get married in the fall but we know at least 4 couples who have gotten married in October, and September is hellish for me so November it was!
I used to work for a venue, and while we never up-charged on holidays, I did refuse to give our usual off-season discount for a Christmas Eve wedding. Many people get married on those long holiday weekends, which can make finding a venue with your date available tricky. We almost always had weddings the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Memorial/Labor Days.
If a venue tries to charge more and others in your area don't I would consider it a red-flag from the venue and find somewhere else personally!
You'll want to give your guests more notice too though, as previous posters have said accommodations do go up around the holidays, and some people have long standing holiday traditions that they may have to change.
My husband and I got married on our original anniversary and proposal date as well 🥰. But as far as the pricing it shouldn't be an upcharge. My assumption is that it'll be normal Saturday pricing. They normally don't upcharge for holiday weekends, but they do upcharge for a weekday holiday (they'll normally charge the weekend rate)
I think it also really depends on the location. If you're talking about a resort-type destination -- at a beach or some other major tourist draw -- I think it is much more likely there will be upcharges because of high demand. If you're talking about a primarily commercial-type destination like a hotel in a business center, which might be pretty quiet on a holiday weekend, it might be more economical.
No anniversary date for us. I wanted to but FHs job wont allow employees to take vacation time off in september. One must take sick time off.. We did not feel comfortable lying about him being sick so that we could marry on that date. Other employees have lied about being sick to take time off and if the job finds out then they are written up.
Hi! So I’m kind of in a similar situation (sort of!). I’m getting married Presidents Day weekend of 2023 (the Saturday) and I was terrified of increased prices. We didn’t do it for any special date reasons, but 80% of our guest list is coming from out of town so I really was set on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend or Presidents Day to give them that extra day to travel. Granted, Presidents Day isn’t as big of a holiday as Labor Day is, but we didn’t run into any vendors up charging us for the holiday, so I’m thinking you should be in the same boat because it isn’t a major commercial holiday like NYE. That being said, if your venue is anywhere near a beach, I’d talk to hotels ASAP about a room block! You never know how quickly that could book up. Overall though I would say that our guests have all been thrilled to hear that we’re having our wedding on a weekend that gives them an extra day to recover, so I’m sure yours will feel the same!