Steven (unzeugmatic) wrote,

Memorial Day Weddings: A Rant

This post is a rant I've been ranting for a quarter of a century, the same exact rant, but now that I have a journal I can rant again!

Hey folks, if someday you are planning a wedding or a similar big event where you are graciously inviting people from far away to gather for a good and/or ceremonial time, I know that it's an easy pitfall to think, "Hmmm... people have a 3-day weekend on Memorial Day. That will make it easy for people to travel. So let's schedule our event for the holiday!"

Are you all out of your minds, or do you just lead lives of no obligation to any social group or structure?

Holiday weekends are taken. Always. By a number of regular events. Bands have parades. Neighborhoods have picnics. My college, unfortunately, moved its graduation and reunion rituals to Memorial Day. Morris Dancers (and in fact many other similar activity-based organizations) have annual weekends. Shape note singers have all-day conventions. Lifetime friends schedule annual get-togethers on these weekends. Heck, even leather fetishists use those 3-day weekends.

In other words, if you think that the Monday-holiday makes the timing a good idea, realize that seven hundred million billion people organizing other events have had the exact same thought. And seriously, would *you* be free over Memorial Day weekend? No? I didn't think so.

Thank you for your time.
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