Friday Night Wedding

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MangoLover4Life:  I have. It was fine. The only issue is that it was in a long weekend (I feel that’s way some people missed it) and the ceremony started at 6, so it was kind of empty, since some people are just going out of work at that time!

Post # 4
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have not been, but we’ve received an invitation for one that we’re not going to because it’s on a Friday (we’d have to travel a few states over, and I don’t think it’s worth it to take off work). However, I think it’s A-OK if most of your invitees are local! Sorry I’m not more helpful 🙂

Post # 5
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MangoLover4Life:  My sister had one and treated it like a Saturday wedding. She had about 130 people show up and it was about 2-6 hours from both sides of the family. We had a blast! It was from 5-11 I think and dinner was served 🙂

Post # 7
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MangoLover4Life:  We had a Friday wedding and it was wonderful. Our ceremony started at 6:30 pm and was out of town (about 2 hours or so) for the local guests with some guests coming from other states or opposite end of California. We invited 160 guests and 130 attended so the Friday option didn’t scare too many people away.

Honestly we had several people tell us they loved still having the entire weekend to enjoy after the wedding. We only had one person complain and that was an elderly family member who was retired…not sure what they had to concern themselves with but whatever. We gave about nine months notice for everyone using our STDs so that people could prepare their time off etc.

The key is to let people know in advance and don’t start too early.

Post # 8
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think Friday weddings are fine as long as you go into it knowing that you may not have the best turnout (especially to an earlier ceremony). Also, if you are having a reception around mealtime, at least consider offering some hor d’oeuvres so people aren’t starving, especially if they didn’t have a chance to get some dinner prior to the event. Or just expect that people will not stick around long because they will want to get dinner.

Post # 10
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I am having a Friday wedding! Ceremony will start at 12:30pm following a finger-food reception. The whole thing will be over by 5pm, it was a compromise I made with FI, I just wanted to elope or go to city hall but he wanted an actual wedding. So I said only if it’s Friday afternoon haha. We are only inviting just ove 80 people (including plus ones which I know most people won’t bring one anyways) so I’m going to guess around 60ish people will actually attend.


Everyone has known about our upcoming wedding for almost 2 1/2 years now, so we pretty much know who will all be there or not. But still, I wouldn’t care if they didn’t come, the smaller the better !


If you want to have a lot of people there, Friday night migh not be the best idea, since it’s an evening one people probably won’t book the day off work and will just attend afterwards, so they might not say very long or just not show up if they are too tired, especially if they no you aren’t serving dinner and they will just have to go home and make supper.

Post # 12
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

my BFF did a Friday night wedding and it went fine. things you have to considee are people not coming because it’s a Friday, people being late because they have to leave work and make it during rush hour, and people not having time to eat dinner in between. I think you can do a desert reception if it’s late like 8/8:30. Any earlier I’d serve food, at least heavy hors d’ouevres

Post # 14
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MangoLover4Life:  I think that’s fine, personally. As long as there is some kind of food there so that I’m not super hungry, I don’t mind if an event doesn’t include a conventional dinner. You know your crowd better than we do obviously, so it’s for your to determine if people will be annoyed by the lack of dinner. But like I said, as long as there is something to tide them over until after, when they can get a full meal, I don’t see why it would be a problem. People will generally deal with these things without issue for people they love 🙂

Post # 15
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had a Thursday night wedding and it was great. It was a full reception though. I think yours sounds lovely. If you wouldn’t have enough food to really fill people though then I would maybe specify on the invite that its a cocktail hour type of reception (worded in a better way obviously) just so everyone knows to maybe eat a late lunch or make dinner plans. I’d be a little peeved if I showed up to a wedding and didn’t know we weren’t going to really eat much. I get kind of grouchy when I’m hungry though lol 😛

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