We have a date and have notified guests of this date via our wonderful save the dates. That was a project and a half! I saved up the deposit and my dates (all 3 options) were booked. Along came summer camp and car trouble eating up all the money I saved. I saved again and amid a sea of family events, major religious holidays, the heavily booked event calendar at our venue, Florida weather considerations and impending births we compiled a list. It was amazingly frustrating.
I was stubbornly refusing to consider non-Saturday options in the beginning. When push came to shove we weren't thrilled about any of the Saturdays the venue had open. One of my brilliant bridesmaids had said something to the effect of "The people who love you will find a way to be there no matter what." A few weeks after that comment one of my friends told me she had been married on a Tuesday. That really opened my mind. I'd seen the wedding pictures, it was beautiful and there were guests in attendance. I decided Mike and I should consider the whole calendar. That made things much easier.
We soon had a decent list of options and a potential money saving plan, weddings Mon-Thurs are 20% off at our venue. I did refuse to consider Mondays though because nobody wants to party on a Monday night. Mike was pushing hard for February 29th. It was different, my flowers would still be in season and it would mean my birthday, Valentines and our anniversary in the same month. It occurred to me why he liked the date so much: "Do you want to get married on leap year so we only have an anniversary every four years?" "Yeah!!" In the end that one didn't work since one of our groomsman is an expectant father and his wee one would be too tiny for his family to venture out. On top of which I don't like the idea of an anniversary every four years.
I had always wanted a St. Patrick's Day wedding, but that was taken at our venue. It's a good night for fairies. Leap year was out and April 21st was also taken at our venue. At the point that we opened up the calendar we liked the Friday the 13th option in April and March 21st (3-2-1, 1-2). Those were the front runners, but we had 4 back-ups all in April.
I went armed with my list of options, my checkbook and butterflies in my stomach to the venue. In the end we're having a weekday wedding on 3/21/12. Honestly, we loved the numbers and the discount. After booking the date I found out it is the vernal equinox, day and night are balanced equally. It's also the Baha'i observance of the vernal equinox symbolizing spiritual growth and renewal(a href="http://orl.usc.edu/religiouslife/holydays/page/13">Holy Days Calendar).
Sounds good to me. I like the idea of spiritual renewal on my wedding day. I also don't think Mike's likely to forget our anniversary being 3-2-1 (blast-off!).