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#1 lucy<3woody

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    Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:33 AM

    Hi ladies! Looking for some suggestions on when to have my bridal shower (bachelorette party will follow that evening). It will need to be on a Saturday.

    We are getting married January 28th in Cancun. We have about 65 guests coming along. There will be no at home reception. I will be having one large shower, inviting both families. Sorry this is long, but I am a visual type gal so I need to put the calender on paper :)

    Here is what we have going on:

    19-My Birthday weekend

    17-Christmas Events
    24-Christmas Events
    31- New Years Weekend

    28- Wedding Day

    I think that October and November are too soon, since the wedding isn't until the very end of January. I want the parties to be fairly close to the wedding. However, we run into holidays in Dec. and Jan which is a very busy time for people. I also don't want the parties to be too close to the wedding as our guest are traveling a far for the wedding. I don't want to be more inconveniencing than necessary.

    Any suggestions? When do people usually have their parties, roughly a month prior?? Any feedback you DW Brides have would be much appreciated!!

    #2 kat2012

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      Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:51 AM

      Hey, If I would have to choose, I would choose Dec 10 or Jan 7.

      I am getting married on Dec 21, we leave on Dec 9 and I will have my bachelorette party on Nov 26.

      You don't want it to be too far in advance

      Hope it helps

      #3 MJKH

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        Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:12 PM

        I like the list of dates!  That's totally how I visualize things too : )


        Honestly, I wouldn't hesitate to have it one of the first two weekends of November, as the holiday season (early Dec to early Jan) is often super crazy for people.  Plus, if you live in a climate like ours, and have people travelling from out of town, my preference was that they not have to drive when its -30 out.  November 11th is a stat holiday here in Canada, which would mean for a lot of people they'd have a three day weekend that weekend...maybe you'd have more out???  But I'm not sure where you live...

        #4 lucy<3woody

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          Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:48 PM

          Thanks for the feedback ladies!


          MJKH, I live in Northern Wisconsin, so our climates are probably quite similar. You do raise a good point about the weather. My mom metioned something about doing it before we get into giant snowstorm season. good thing to consider.....

          #5 JonesM

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            Posted 04 October 2011 - 04:41 AM


            I am also getting married in the very end of January............My wedding date is 29th January 2012...........I am also having both the parties, i.e Bridal shower and Bachelorette party on the very same day...........I am having both the parties very close to my wedding date........Just a weekend before my wedding........
            If you don’t want that much close to your wedding date..............Then it would be good to have it 2 or 3 weeks before...........

            #6 Jamie5280

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              Posted 04 October 2011 - 12:39 PM

              I love how you listed the dates!  I need to do that too!


              I would personally do it at the beginning of November, before it gets too crazy before the holidays.  Your wedding is going to come up super quick with all the chaos the last 2 months of the year, so I think it will still feel close to your wedding.

              #7 cindy2013

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              Posted 12 October 2011 - 06:28 AM

              I would probably lean towards Jan 7 rather than november 12 because you'll probably be seeing all your same friends during your birthday weekend that you would for your shower and bachelorette.  Mind you, the same would go for New Year's, but it may come down to whether you want it early, or a few weeks before the wedding!  Let us know what you choose!

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              #8 lovepea

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                Posted 12 October 2011 - 11:31 AM

                I would lean towards November.  We are getting married December 3 and chose to have our at home party earlier just to take advantage of better weather, to avoid the holiday craziness.


                As a plus side, it has worked out so well, because now we don't have any of those activities to worry about or plan.



                #9 Brenners

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                  Posted 17 October 2011 - 01:05 PM

                  I would suggest early November as well.  I live in MN so if you can avoid having guests travel during potential bad snowstorm weather, then I think November is your best bet.  Good luck!

                  #10 lucy<3woody

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                    Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:31 PM

                    Thanks for all the awesome feedback!


                    We have decided on Nov. 12! My MOH is sending the invites out tomorrow! YAY!!  I think we will beat the bad weather, avoid the holidays, and have a GREAT time!



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