The Pros and Cons of Planning a Luxury Labor Day Wedding

Thinking about saying “I do” on the last weekend of the summer? Countless industry professionals have conflicting opinions about whether having a Labor Day wedding offers more pros or more cons. Here are some of the most important pros and cons to take into consideration if you and your partner want to throw a luxury wedding on Labor Day!

Pro: Out-of-town guests will have more freedom in their schedule.

Worried that some of your guests won’t be able to make the trip out to see your special day? By hosting your ceremony on a holiday weekend like Labor Day, guests will have more time to commit to traveling, will be less likely to need to take a day off work, and will be more willing to make the trip to see you.

Con: Holiday weekends are more expensive.

Love the idea of having your wedding be the end-of-summer bash for your friends and family? Chances are, you and your fiance(é) are not the only ones who have the same idea. Prices for flights and hotel rooms can spike during holidays, making it a bigger strain for both you and your guests’ wallets. Some of these expenses can be avoided, though. If you know your wedding will fall on a holiday weekend, being more proactive to find wedding vendors early on can help save you a significant amount of money on expensive holiday prices.

Pro: A long weekend means a “longer wedding”.

Don’t get overwhelmed by trying to cram all of your wedding festivities into one short weekend! By taking the long Labor Day weekend for your wedding, you can host everything from a pre-wedding dinner the night before to a morning-after brunch, giving you more time to spend with your friends and family. Did you know? The average luxury wedding couple hosts at least 5 events during their wedding festivities.

Con: Some of your guests might get annoyed.

This is likely the most common con that comes with planning a Labor Day wedding. With any holiday weekend comes a number of family traditions and pre-planned trips that may prevent your guests from being able to attend. In the past, it has sometimes been considered rude to host your wedding over a holiday weekend as it may prevent your friends and family from pursuing their own holiday plans, but when asked for their thoughts, many The Knot readers stated that the only tradition their families have over Labor Day is hosting a barbecue; something they would willingly give up for a friends’ wedding.

Pro: You’ll get more one-on-one time with guests.

Taking the long weekend to throw multiple wedding events allows your guests the opportunity to have more time to catch up with you and your fiance(é). Considering most luxury weddings have 200+ people on the guest list, it can be difficult to make time for each one during a short weekend. By taking three days over the weekend to hold a variety of showers, dinners, and brunches, you’ll be able to thank each guest personally for making the time to celebrate with you and your future spouse.

Want your luxury Labor Day wedding to be something that guests remember? Check out these five ways couples are planning their luxury weddings differently. Interested in rates for having a team of wedding videographers capture every moment of your big weekend? Give us a call to schedule a free consultation. Happy wedding planning!

The Best Destinations for Your Summer Honeymoon

Greece, Hawaii, and Switzerland are some of the most popular honeymoon destinations for newly wed couples, but are they the best destinations to visit in the summertime? If you and your fiancé are planning a honeymoon to take after your summer wedding, consider some of these top honeymoon destinations around the globe.

 

  • Czech Republic

 

While you won’t be able to avoid the inevitable summer crowds in this European country, you and your new spouse will get to experience the beauty of the Czech Republic in the summertime. Spend your honeymoon wandering the cobblestone streets of Europe’s fairytale city, and/or venture outside of the country’s capital to visit the famed “Bone Church” in Kutna Hora or peer from the romantic castle’s belltower in Cesky Krumlov, both quick day trips from Prague. The best time to visit this country is between May and September, and if you go, make sure you make time to see the Prague Castle, Astronomical Clock, and spend a romantic evening seeing a show at the Prague National Theater.

 

  • Canada

 

With an entire country to choose from, you and your partner will have no issues finding romantic ways to spend your honeymoon in Canada. From the European-style locations like Quebec City and Fairmont Banff Springs to the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and Vancouver Island, you can plan an incredible Canadian honeymoon full of hiking, sightseeing, and luxurious hospitality. Summer is arguably the best time to visit Canada for its warmer, but still mild, weather and luscious natural beauty.

 

  • French Polynesia

 

Known for its overwater bungalows and jaw-dropping sunsets, French Polynesia is a favorite among honeymooners seeking a carefree, romantic vacation. And it’s not hard to see why! Whale watching, snorkeling, catamaran trips, and guided walking tours are just a few of the countless activities to do on these tropical islands. Try visiting one of their smaller “motus” for a much more private experience.  Our summer is French Polynesia’s winter and this season provides the best weather and water visibility for honeymooners looking for a tropical escape.

 

  • Ireland

 

For couples seeking a more temperate, cultural honeymoon, Ireland is the place to be. From its romantic villages to the luscious greenery covering the island, a honeymoon in Ireland is like a fairytale. If a rainy walk through the historic, cobblestone streets of Dublin sounds like a dream, consider booking a round-trip ticket for two to this popular honeymoon destination. While in Ireland, consider a trip to the Cliffs of Moher for an unforgettable sight and a stop by the Killarney National Park for a breathtaking hike past waterfalls and eye-catching lakes. The best months of the year to visit Ireland are July and August, so consider getting a head start on planning your Ireland honeymoon!

 

  • France

 

“The City of Lights” isn’t the only romantic stop in this Western European country. For those seeking a more tropical honeymoon destination, consider a trip to the French Riviera to visit famous towns like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco. For couples desiring a hillside escape to French vineyards and historical villages, look into visiting the Champagne region of France. This well-traveled country offers amenities for every honeymoon budget, from stays in 5-star resorts to reasonably priced apartments in the country’s capital. France draws its biggest crowds in the summertime, so consider booking a May or September honeymoon to avoid the crowds and expensive prices.

 

  • Thailand

 

From the big cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai to the magical islands like Koh Lipe and Koh Phi Phi, Thailand is a country full of enough adventures to last you months. Thailand is the perfect location if you and your future spouse are dreaming of a honeymoon that includes both cultural experiences and pristine white beaches. Diving, boat tours, and great nightlife are just some of the many perks that come with a honeymoon in this Asian country. No matter what you and your fiance(e) want from your honeymoon, you’re bound to find it in the beauty that is Thailand.

 

  • South Africa

 

Sand dunes, wine-tasting, and safaris: these are just a few of the many adventures that await couples planning to honeymoon in South Africa. Summer in South Africa may be on the chilly side, but the summer months offer the best time to go on a safari adventure and explore the countryside. However, if you have your heart set on getting some sun on the South African beaches, consider postponing your honeymoon to the winter months for warmer weather and better beachside activities.

 

  • Brazil

 

If the 2016 Summer Olympics weren’t convincing enough, maybe the beautiful rainforests, world-famous beaches, and cultural sites will inspire you to honeymoon in Brazil. Visiting Brazil during its off season (May-September) will ensure you avoid the big crowds and overwhelming heat. A visit to Brazil during these months will offer weather in the 70s/80s and less packed beaches, providing a romantic vacation for you and your spouse. If you love dancing, relaxing on the beach, and exploring natural wonders, Brazil may be the perfect honeymoon destination for you.

From unbelievably romantic beaches to historic towns and villages, the options are endless for any couples looking to have a wonderful summertime honeymoon. If you’re planning a destination wedding, take a look at our blog post Popular Wedding Traditions around the World for help following local customs. And for more information on hiring a wedding videographer to capture every moment of you special day, contact us!