What Miss Sword Will Do to Save Money

I know I’m sort of rounding the last lap on the way to my wedding date, and at less than three months away is sort of an odd time to talk about saving money (as most of the big bills are coming up), but alas I was prompted by the weather so I’m going to go with it.

This past weekend Minnesota had a nice-sized snowfall. The photo below was taken at the MSP airport where lots of flights were cancelled due to severe weather conditions. I guess it snowed like 10-12 inches around the Twin Cities and close to 16 in other areas up north.

image via Kare11.com

Now there is nothing weird about this. It snows quite a bit during the wintertime in Minnesota. And you’re only a true Minnesotan if you’ve driven at NIGHT in a BLIZZARD by YOURSELF in what I like to call my “near death experience.” This is much like the theory that you’re not a true Chicagoan until you’ve had your car broken into (twice myself and most recently MOH/Sister Big Eyes was also initiated into Chicago the same weekend as my Hen Do even though she doesn’t live here). The snowiest months for Minnesota are usually December to March.

What does this have to do with saving money you ask? I’m saving a pretty large chunk of money by hosting a rather large event (AKA our wedding) in early March (one of the previously mentioned snowy months). It’s actually a really good deal, and a deal that wasn’t available just few weeks later in April. You know how hotels and other wedding venues charge for everything per head? We are getting ten dollars off per person which is HUGE if you’re inviting 150+ people.

Thanks to our awesome venue, The Embassy Suites, we’re going with a package deal, so our amount not only includes a plated meal for everyone, but also our cake, centerpieces (which we took as a credit because we’re making our own), a full hour of free drinks/butler-passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour, a hotel room for the bride and groom, and a gift opening room for the following morning. This package also comes with a recommended DJ and ability to rent the atrium space for the ceremony at 500 dollars. At the risk of repeating myself, we are adding on to our package with kegs of beer, wine, two signature drinks, purple lighting, draping around the sweetheart table, and the DJ for both ceremony and reception.

Outside our beautiful hotel at a great photo opp, wearing a sundress because it’s August.

One stop shop has been my motto since the beginning, but it’s going to be a sucky motto if there is a big snow fall the weekend of our wedding and our guests are unable to make it! I know the weather can be issue anywhere in the world, what with hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, heat waves, and other things that can put a damper on wedding plans, but adding to the winter weather we also have a lot of guests flying or driving in from out-of-town. Hello Scotland, Canada, Illinois, New York, Virginia and North Dakota!

Truth is, I wanted a lot of traditional elements, such as a plated sit-down dinner, a large dance floor, and the ability to have my out-of-town guests crash at the same location as the wedding. To get all of these things we had to compromise on something and that something was time of year.

I have no idea if I’ll get beautiful sunlit pictures outside with Mr. Sword and our bridal party or if it will be snowing/raining/sleeting with a dark sky and ground covered in sludge. I have no idea if the weather will remain calm enough for all of our guests’ travels or if someone people will have to forgo the trip due to road closures or flight cancellations. Will there be beautiful snow-capped trees in the background or naked branches flinging about in rough winds? Who knows? The average temperature in March can range from 20-40 degrees Fahrenheit.

The weather is not something I can control. Unfortunately, sometimes my emotions are also something I cannot control. Bazinga. (Can you tell I love the Big Bang Theory?)

I wanted to have the wedding of our dreams and still stay within our agreed upon budget. Hence, March. I guess we’ll see what happens. :)

I wanna hear from the Northern brides out there! Did you have a winter wedding? How did it go? Did you have lots of guests flying in as well? Anyone else having a wedding in March where the weather is a bit unpredictable?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Sword

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
March 2013

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    newlynesting 904 posts, Busy bee @ 9:15 am

    We had an early March wedding in South Dakota– and had the same worries as you! We ended up with a balmy 60 degree day and no travel worries for our guests :) I’m sure you’ll be fine! And if your guests are traveling from Canada, Illinois, New York, Virginia and North Dakota, you know they’ll be used to driving in inclement weather!

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 9:17 am

    It’s funny, in Florida weddings are more expensive in March because brides prefer to get married in the winter down here. Honestly, I have been seeing such GORGEOUS winter wedding photos around on Pintrest that I don’t think it would be the worst thing in the world it does snow for you (as long as your guests arrive safely!) Your pictures will be so unique compared to all of us spring and summer brides!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 9:17 am

    I love Big Bang Theory too! That is all :)

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:33 am

    @Miss Squirrel: Here too! our photog once told me once his busy season is september-april, because they are the cold months and heath is unbearable.
    We saved money having our wedding on a Friday, not a lot of money, but still.

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    BookishBelle 1629 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:49 am

    Having my wedding in Baltimore makes it not Northern, but it’s January, and one year while going to college down there we had a blizzard that time of year! And we also have MANY guests flying in (cross country and international) so I’m nervous about that!!! Otherwise I don’t care if it’s rainy, sludgey, snowy, sunny, whatever, since the wedding is indoors (I’d prefer photos outside, but won’t cry over it…hopefully), but I am terrified about guests not being able to make it! Especially since our MOH and BM both have to fly!

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    hma812 364 posts, Helper bee @ 10:03 am

    We’re getting married during one of the last weekends in October in 2014. I started rethinking the date when we had a hurricane this year at that time and a snow storm the previous year. Weather is unpredictable, and I feel like its becoming even more-so, nothing that can be done about it.

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    BrideandStepmom42013 10 posts, Newbee @ 10:10 am

    We are getting married 4/13; it was the last weekend of the “off season” deals with both the venue and the DJ. The downside is that April in Ohio is VERY rainy and our goal is an outdoor ceremony; with 300 people we fear that is the only way they will be comfortable for the ceremony. But if it does rain good news is that the ceremony is less than 15 minutes long!

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 10:11 am

    I wanted to get married over a holiday weekend, which is why I choose a labor day weekened wedding. Except that is big hurricane season in Louisiana which I knew going in. I crossed my fingers and thought, worst case we’ll have a good story.

    As it happened, hurricane isaac hit days before our wedding. Several flight were rerouted, but in the end it worked out, and we do have a great storyy to tell!

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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 11:53 am

    I did a destination wedding, and we chose the first weekend in May to save a bunch for both us and guests. The busy season was considered Dec-April. Guests saved a bunch on hotels because they were discounted as low season, and we saved on venue. It was a win for everyone (except I definitely needed a light weight dress since it was outside in the tropics in May)!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:36 am

    Wow that sounds cold! It gives you a good excuse to buy a lavish gorgeous coat to go over your dress though!!!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 7:05 am

    i’m strangely hoping for some winter precipitation for our wedding. it’d ruin some outdoor shots, sure, but for some reason i am picturing our wedding as a little respite from the cold for our guests. so i’m telling myself i’ll be happy with anything!

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    x0jlynn03 2126 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:27 am

    We are having a wedding in April.. in Ohio. So it’s either going to be sunny & 65* or snowing & 30* … you just never freakin know! I’m happy with any temperature.. I just pray it’s not a rainy/misting/dreary day.. I wouldn’t even hate if it snowed.. I secretly wanted a snowy winter wedding. Good luck to you, I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing your stories everyone!

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    Ms_Maple 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:09 pm

    I live in New England and we picked an off season date. We ended up saving about $15,000 at our site by going off season. Totally worth it to me!

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    jordyanna 476 posts, Helper bee @ 11:35 pm

    We’re planning our wedding for February of next year in good ol’ Edmonton … With lots of family flying in from Ireland and Australia. So I know how you feel … Fingers crossed for you!

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