8.08.2019

Picking Our Wedding Date

I'm finally beginning my wedding planning and recap series! My plan while planning was to share on the blog, but seeing as how my last post was the first in 2019, that clearly didn't happen. I had enough on my plate, so blogging the process went out the window! I'm wanting to recap everything now, though, so I don't forget anything and always have this to go back and look at.

I've been working on planning this series and figuring out how to organize it. I figured the most obvious place to start was with picking our date.

We got engaged on May 27, 2018. I knew I wanted our engagement to be around one year long. More than that I felt like I was dragging it out (I was so excited to get married) and much less made me feel like I wouldn't have enough time. That left us looking in the April to June 2019 range.


We went ahead and ruled out any holiday weekends, which were Easter, Memorial Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and the State 4-H Horse Judging Contest (duh). We took what was left, the Saturdays of April 6, April 27, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 8, and June 28, and began to look at venues.

I'll talk more about the venue search in the next post, but I found that generally most venues still had quite a bit of availability in that range when I was looking, which was in early June 2018.

Once we picked our venue, we sat down and looked at each date they had available that matched up with our wants. One was in early April, so that was ruled out. We talked about a later June wedding, after Harrison was finished with the school year. We really wanted to avoid the heat of that time of year, so ultimately he decided that being out of school towards the end of the semester wasn't a big deal.

We were then left with April 27, May 4, May 18, and June 1. When thinking about when we wanted to celebrate our anniversary in the future, April 27th didn't feel right (don't look at me like I'm crazy!). June 1st sounded like a pretty cool date, being the beginning of the month and all, but May really appealed to us.

Going back a few years for a quick story, I had always joked with my good friend Lori that I would have a Kentucky Derby wedding. We would have a screen that showed the race, wear hats, the whole shebang. I never really dwelled on that idea, because, to me, it was all dependent on when I got engaged (which was not any time in the near future relative to when we were talking about these ideas).

So, May 4th was really standing out in my mind. Combined with the fact that our venue was at a horse farm, it all seemed to fall into place! Harrison was completely okay with it (there weren't many things during planning that he wasn't okay with), so May 4th it was!

A few more notes about our wedding date: it is Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), we know quite a few people we share an anniversary with, and the numbers make me happy. What do I mean? 5-4-19. 5+4=19. You're still looking at me like I'm crazy? Figured so.

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