On Picking a Date

When picking our date, we first discussed seasons. In Texas, I’d like to think people do their best not to plan an outdoor wedding in the depths of July or August. It’s just not nice. When temperatures easily reach 105–110 degrees between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM, it simply doesn’t make sense. Because I already had somewhat of an idea about a venue in that the reception would ideally be outside, we had to take that into account. This left us with spring or late fall.


Image via The Southern Mommy Chronicles

We agreed that, for our purposes, spring seemed to be the best option. Because we became engaged in October, spring 2012 was obviously too soon. As we talked a little more about it between us and with our parents, it became clear that at least one of us had to graduate before we could feel good about us getting married, and it sure wasn’t going to be me. I still had plenty of nursing-school-related struggles to wade through, and Mr. Manatee was slated to graduate spring 2013. At our school, graduations are held the first or second weekend in May, but it’s impossible to tell which weekend your major will graduate on. Because of this, the 4th and the 11th were out. We figured we might as well play it safe and not plan for the 18th just in case, even though it was a three-day weekend in Canada. We originally settled on May 25th. However, it was soon pointed out to us that May 25th falls on Labor Day weekend, and a lot of people have their own plans, usually boat related and not involving a church. This lead us to June 1st, which was dangerously close to summer in Texas.

I was pleased to find that the first day of summer is June 21st, 2013, which technically means our date is still in the spring! I also found this nifty graph for Arlington, Texas that specifically shows June 1st ain’t too shabby for outside.


Image via WeatherSpark

June 1st is also my wonderful father’s birthday, but he was quick to promise us that he didn’t mind. We’ll have to have a special toast for him at the wedding! I did have a silly little cry when it dawned on me that he’ll be giving away his daughter instead of getting gifts on his birthday, but when I told him that, he said I was being dumb. Hmph. Dads.


Us at the gun range: how Texan of us Canadians!

How did you choose your wedding date?


Miss Manatee

Fort Worth, TX
Wedding Date:
June 2013
Who Is That Beardless Man???


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    futureMFG 283 posts, Helper bee @ 8:37 pm

    Oh girl, June 1 IS summer in Texas! Hopefully it’s not the 100+ summer though for your date :)

    Also, I just realized you’re in FW now… where I’m from! So awesome!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:30 pm

    I have the opposite problem in Boston. On our date in June, the average in the last couple of years is in the mid 60s. *sigh* But if I wait another couple of weeks, suddenly we’re in the 80s. Can’t win.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:40 am

    It’s cool that it’ll be your dad’s birthday.
    We picked our date because it’s our anniversary, but were nervous about how cold can it be, it’s normally nice but you never know when a cold wave can come.

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    lisaelanna 530 posts, Busy bee @ 9:16 am

    My cousin got married in Dallas on the first weekend of June this year. I definitely wouldn’t put your ceremony/reception outside at mid-day, but her ceremony was at 6pm outside and it wasn’t *too* awful. We were all sweaty after sitting in the humidity, but I think if we’d had a cool beverage and an ability to get up and move around when needed it would have been much better. Being part of the family, we were there extra early to help finish decorating and such and I honestly didn’t even notice the heat until we sat down. I’d recommend doing fan programs or giving out fans or something as well.

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:17 pm

    We narrowed down our date in a similar fashion. I worried pushing further into June would risk a heat wave in Delaware, but I think Texas wins for hotter weather – heat wave or not. Yay for early June brides!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:16 pm

    I think it’s charming your wedding day will be on your dad’s birthday. Say a toast or give a small gift to honor him…I think that would a sweet move.

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