Post # 1
Any brides out there getting married on a Friday? Honestly, we didn’t have an option, I fell in love with the venue and they were very booked up—it was between a Friday or Sunday. I was upset at first but have totally come around to the Friday night wedding! Most of our family & friends are local and I really just want a white dress & a party (and a groom!). And I think Friday night just says PARTY! Plus, we’re saving big bucks!
What have been some challenges to planning your Friday night wedding? Are you pumped? Have you put up with any complaints? Has anyone put you down for being a “Friday bride?”
Post # 3
me me! lol! your wedding is just over a month after mine! I actually wanted a Friday, so much easier to book officiants/venues etc. So far no one has complained or cant come because of the day. Then Saturday is good for hangover/cleanup/gift opening/staying in with the new hubs… 😉 I cant really come up with a complaint when it comes to planning. The only thing that wasnt available friday was the Barber I had wanted to give the grooms party and dads a straight razor shave but he ended up offering to come in anyway so in the end it worked out. The bigest complaint I’ve gotten was not anything to do with it being a friday more like my cousin booking her wedding on the same day. le sigh. as far as advice goes I would just send out the invites well ahead of time so if anyone has to book that time off they can. Happy wedding to you!! 😉
Post # 4
@cyrgycyrg: Yeah, I’m really excited to have the weekend just to relax and enjoy my new husband! And everything has been cheaper to book, which is great. No one has complained except my mom, but she’s over it now. She’s seen the light! My grandma encouraged me to book a Friday night before I had even begin to think about what day I wanted. My bridal party is loving it, we’re a party crowd for sure. Your comment about hangovers made me laugh out loud—so true! Friday has really grown on me, I’m getting super excited! Your wedding is coming up fast, YAY!
Post # 5
Im a Friday Bride, we have had no complaints from any of our guests and the money that we are saving is great! We also get the venue the Thursday evening for the rehearsal.
Post # 6
I am a Friday night bride! I was in a similar situation as you. We actually wanted Sunday, Sept 4th for sentimental reasons and they were booked (a year in advance on a Sunday!) so we went to Saturday, booked again, and then to Friday. We are getting married Labor Day weekend so that may work out in or against our favor. Either way, it’s the weekend and venue I wanted so I’m very happy! Unfortunately, we couldn’t do a rehearsal dinner because too many people would be traveling from out of town and may not get here until later Thursday night.
Post # 7
I’m a Friday night bride, too! We did it because of money. Our venue was way out of our price range for a Saturday, but Friday was HALF the price! :]
Post # 8
WOOT WOOT!!!! N.E.X.T Friday July 22, 2011. Man it seemed so far off when I started planning.
We have saved a TON of money by having our wedding on the non-traditional Saturday. The venue alone was over 2k less just for Friday or Sunday instead of Saturday. We also made sure to mention it to all the other vendors too.
A few tips…only invite people you realllllly think will come. Chances are, people will have to take off work or leave work early to comfortably dress/prepare for, potentially fight traffic, and arrive at your wedding. Not everyone you’ve ever known in life is gonna do that. We only invited those we believed would be there no matter what day our wedding is on.
I trained the venue, my vendors, fam/friends, FI and MYSELF to say “Friday” before the date July 22. LOL. That way, no one would assume it was a Saturday like most weddings are!!
Post # 9
@katieebee: AH – BIG CONGRATS, your big day is nearly here. Thanks for the advice. All of our guests are local and my take on it: if you don’t care to be there, I don’t care to pay for your plate! STAY HOME, losers! Of course, I don’t mean that, but well, okay, sorta I do! The people I love and care about would come if we were being married on a Tuesday, so it’s all good.
Post # 10
Our wedding was in June on a Friday afternoon. All of the guest that we most wanted there were there (minus our grandparents who were not able to travel). The guests that could not make it couldn’t because it was out of state and would not have been able to make it no matter which day we held it, but no one had any trouble with a Friday event. Enjoy your day, and enjoy the savings for having it on a Friday!
Post # 11
I’m a Friday night-holiday weekend bride. We’re getting married the Friday of Columbus Day weekend. So we’re lucky enough to get the long weekend to celebrate, relax and enjoy ourselves!! And you’re right, having a Friday night ceremony WAY cheaper than Saturday! It took me awhile to come around to the idea, but now I just keep finding more good things about our Friday wedding.
Post # 12
I’m a Friday bride as well. While I would have ideally liked to get married on a Saturday, we just simply couldn’t afford it. We had to pull strings to get into our venue as it was so when they offered us a Friday within our budget, we took it! To be honest, unless our guests are totally bullshitting us to our faces, we’ve yet to hear a single complaint about our choice of day. Those who want to be there will make the effort and those who don’t will miss one hell of a party. 🙂
Post # 13
I’m excited about having my wedding on a Friday night. I always like to go against the norm, so I specifically picked a Friday date! I figured the pressure would “be on” to party, since it is a Friday night, so my theme is a cocktail party! Nothing too formal just a good time! As far as complaints, I hadnt had any, but I could care less. As CaitMarae said, those that want to make it…will.
Post # 14
I’m so excited to be a Friday Night bride!
It begain out of necessity when we were still planning a courthouse wedding, although our ceremony jumped to a yoga studio we kept the same day and I LOVE knowing that I’ll have all weekend with my new husband! I’ve always hated Sundays as the end of the weekend, so I’m excited to have a leisurely saturday to take pictures with the photog, host a brunch, and then hide away in our plush hotel room as newlyweds.
We’ve never received any complaints, but it’s true that it’s a small wedding with immediate family, so none of them are really going to complain whereas someone less directly related might gripe. Especially in the summer so many people I know don’t work full days on Fridays anyway, and appreciate making it back home on Saturday instead of the Sunday after a traditional Saturday wedding.
Yay us! I feel like planning on a Friday kind of sneakily outlines a wedding weekend instead of just a wedding day. heehee