Let's start a discussion about our wedding dates and why we chose them! I'll go first.
When I first got engaged this past March, at first we wanted to do something in the Banff/Canmore area and have a small elopement with immediate family and really close friends, I also wanted it in the late spring time because it is the perfect temperature - not too hot nor too cold. So we decided May 21, 2023, it gave us enough time to add to our savings and for family and friends to make the necessary arrangements to be able to come to Banff/Canmore. Then word from my fiancé's work came that we can not book any time off during an exercise (he is in the military) So we switched it to March 18, 2023 which we settle on for about a week until I came home from work one day and decided that March in Alberta was gross and cold and I really wanted to incorporate the outside so we were kind of stumped for a while. Eventually as more family and friends contacted us the more the guest list went up and then we decided we will just do the wedding in Edmonton.
After sitting for a few days about dates my fiancé suggested we do a Christmas wedding which I was hooked on so our date was December 3, 2022. We met with a few indoor vendors in the Edmonton area, got an estimate done up and had an appointment at the end of July to put a deposit down on a place. At first I was really excited about this but then I felt like I completely lost sight of what we originally wanted which was to go to Banff for our wedding. I got way too caught up in the idea of just being married as soon as possible that I just threw everything what we actually wanted out the door.
This past weekend we had a discussion regarding what we really wanted and if we needed to take a step back and really think about it, but I was pretty adamant and same with my fiancé that we do still really want a mountain wedding ceremony followed by a nice little reception party with the family and friends. After doing research and budgeting ALL weekend long I have found a few places that are within our budget that we are going to check out on our summer vacation this August and have ultimately decided to do a Summer 2023 wedding! I have August 19th, 2023 at the moment but right now it depends on availability. So I just put something down for the sake of Wedding Wire because we can't leave it blank.
I have went through and deleted EVERYTHING that was saved in my phone and Pinterest boards - all of it and we are starting from scratch and taking things very slow on terms of colors, dates, themes (even though we have an idea). I literally only have 4 places lined up that I need to contact to go check out!
And I cannot explain to you all how excited I am about this - Yes it is 26 months away - but that just means I can splurge on some extras because I will have the extra cash!! SO EXCITING
So tell me your stories!!