Any Sunday Brides?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
11607 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you have an evening Sunday wedding, you’re likely going to have people leaving early.  I wouldn’t stay out too late if I was an in-town guest.  If it’s a brunch wedding, I don’t see any issues you’d run into regarding people leaving early, but brunch weddings absolutely have a different (more casual) feel than a Saturday evening wedding.

Post # 3
498 posts
Helper bee

I had a Sunday wedding and when RSVP-ing, sooo many people said they would have to leave by early evening for work the next day.  So I ended up bringing the ceremony forward to 11.30 as I wanted to spend as long as I could with all my friends and family and it turned into a brunch wedding with a very early night!  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just expect it to happen.  And we saved heaps.  I got a beautiful wedding and no-one was hungover the next day (except my MC, she drank too many glasses of champagne and fell into the garden – we still laugh about that!).  

Post # 4
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

I’m having a Sunday wedding on May 25th – our ceremony starts at 4 and reception ends at 9. We chose it mainly because it’s Memorial Day weekend so most people have off the next day, and those who don’t will just leave a little early. Plus, our venue was booked every Saturday from April to August so we didn’t really have a choice if we wanted our spring wedding this year haha. You definitely save if you go with Sunday, but we didn’t because it’s a holiday weekend.


Post # 5
3649 posts
Sugar bee

Both of my daughter’s chose the Sunday evening of a 3-day holiday weekend (US). The 1st one only had a 10% decline rate. We’re waiting on the 2nd one, but it will probably be more, as his side has a 3. hour trip and would have to stay overnigh. I got married on Friday night Dec. 30th, and we had less than he average declines, but back then, weddings seemed more meaningful for a lot of people, and less declined.

Post # 6
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My wedding was on a Sunday and I loved it! A few things about our Sunday wedding:

  • We started the ceremony at 3:30. Cocktail hour at 4. Dinner at 5 and done at 9. This meant that no one felt pressure to leave early, because we timed it with our guests and their Monday commitments in mind.
  • I am not sure we really saved money by doing this (maybe we did and I am blissfully unaware of what everything would have cost otherwise)
  • Having the Saturday before the wedding was awesome. We used the day to spend time with family and friends and of course the rehearsal dinner.
  • We had a breakfast on Monday morning at the hotel where we had a block of rooms. I was worried no one would come, but we shceduled it early, and lots of people did.

I say go for it with the Sunday wedding!

Post # 7
1931 posts
Buzzing bee

We’re having a Sunday, formal, winter wedding! We’re getting an amazing discount from the venue and it’s what makes it affordable for us. We’re going to start it a bit earlier than we would on a Friday or a Saturday but we figure that anyone that cares enough about us will take the Monday afterwards off or will simply leave early-ish. If we didn’t take those shortcuts that Weddingbee (and my mother) seem horrified over, we wouldn’t be having a wedding. 

Post # 8
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

I am having a Sunday wedding. The discount from the venue was too step to pass up!! Our ceremony starts at 4:30pm and reception ends at 9:30pm. I am honestly not really concerned about people leaving early. I feel like 9:30pm is a good time for people to leave by. And people know what they need to do to prepare for their work days, that isn’t really my concern.


Post # 9
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We did a Sunday wedding, but it was on Labor Day weekend, so most guests did not have to work the next day. It definitely made it easier for people to make it for the rehearsal and Welcome Dinner. And since it was a holiday, we didn’t have to move it earlier in the day (though that would have been fine) and we had guests drinking and dancing until 11/midnight. We didn’t save any money by doing it on a Sunday and I’ve often heard bees here on the Bee that thought they would save money with a Fri/Sun but didn’t.

Post # 10
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

MilkCookies81:  We’re also having a Sunday wedding. I won’t lie, the biggest reason was the date. I have a weird thing with numbers and after narrowing it down to March we both liked the 3-15-15 date so Sunday it is 🙂 I also like the idea of having Saturday to relax (ha!) and get my nails done, last minute running around, rehearsal dinner, etc. 

Post # 11
3836 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MilkCookies81:   We’re planning a Sunday wedding, ceremony at 11:30 with hors d’oeuvres and mimosas from 12-1 (and group photos) and a brunch reception from 1 – 4, all at the same venue.  Our venue is totally gorgeous which meant that the Saturday evening minumum was very costly.  Since we’re having a fairly small wedding ( 50 + guests) that didn’t work for us, so in order to have it a the venue we wanted we had to choose between Friday burnch and Sunday brunch.   

So far it is working well for the local guests and also the OOT guests as they can leave early enough to get home or to the airport and home.

It sure has helped with the vendor prices, too – an added bonus!!

Post # 12
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I am having a Sunday wedding but its a long weekend so guest will have Monday to get home. The venue we booked considers Sundays that fall on a long weekend a “second” Saturday so we did not save money. But we did save it with th elimo company bc it was a Sunday – almost $2000 actually!


Post # 13
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We’re having a Sunday wedding, but it’s a domestic destination wedding for all guests so we’ve  got a captive audience. Most guests are making a vacation of it or at least taking Monday off. They’d have had to take at least one day off regardless. So I doubt our reception will operate any differently than a Saturday reception besides that it’s cheaper for us and for hotel rooms for guests. 

I’ve been to a bunch of normal wknd Sunday weddings and whether the cost savings is worth it to the couple really depends on the circumstances. For one, it was in a hotel and earlier during the day. They made it feel like nighttime for the reception w lighting and a great band.  Ppl took advantage of open bar and when we left at 8pm, we were surprised it was still daylight and we’d had a whole night’s worth of fun. That one was about an hour drive for most friends and we carpooled so non-drivers could drink. 

For another, it was only 30 min drive for most ppl and everybody drove themselves so nobody could drink that much. It was outside in the summer so it was light outside for a long time and harder to get the dancing, party atmosphere going. The bar was also composed of signature drinks, which were pretty weak, so ppl didn’t really get tipsy. I thought it was beautiful, but the bride has said to me that saving a few dollars probably wasn’t worth missing out in the full party atmosphere. 

Post # 14
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We had a Sunday wedding on a non-major holiday weekend (Columbus Day). Over half of our guest list had off that Monday already, making it easier for them to attend. It didn’t “save” us money so much as it helped us avoid vendor minimums and gave us a larger selection of available vendors. We had a fall wedding and only planned a year in advance. Since our month is the 2nd or 3rd most popular month for getting married in our state, planning only a year ahead was not much time. Most photogs and venues would already be booked for a Saturday. But on a Sunday, not so much. So our first choice photographer was still available. Yay! A Sunday wedding also helped us avoid a vendor minimum for our florist. On a Saturday the florist minimum was $2k, but there was no minimum for Sundays. So we spent what we wanted to spend on flowers as opposed to spending a larger amount just to meet the minimum.  It also helped us get a smaller room block minimum at the hotel across the street from our venue. On a saturday night they had a 15 room minimum. On a Sunday night it was a 10 room minimum. Since we had a small wedding, 11 rooms was the absolute most we could possibly use, so there is no way we could have met the Saturday 15 room minimum.

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