Post # 1
My fiance and I have our hearts set on the Byron Colby Barn for our wedding and also decided we want to get married in the Fall of 2011. Only problem is – their booked every Saturday in October and November. We’re not against a Friday or Sunday wedding – but i have a few reservations with each.
With a friday wedding I’m afraid that our ceremony (which will be taking place outside) will be dark. (I looked up the sunset time for the friday date were considering at it’s 5:45pm – 6pm is the earliest start time we’d want)… ALSO with friday weddings im nervous about how pictures will work. We don’t want to do the “first look” we want to see each other the first time that day when im walking down the aisle.
With a Sunday wedding – i’m nervous about it running too late and people leaving early to get to bed for work on Monday. I’m also nervous about it starting too early and our Pastor not being able to officiate our ceremony because of his duties at our church.
Help please – any advice on tips on a Friday OR Sunday weddings will be helpful! Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 3
I’m not sure about American holidays, but I’m having my wedding on a sunday in October because it will be Canadian thanksgiving and most of our guests will have monday off, making it a long weekend. Maybe try and find a long weekend in october/november and then you won’t have the associated problems with having a sunday wedding!
Post # 4
We ended up going with a Sunday Wedding because most people are going to end up making at least a 3 day weekend out of it. I don’t know how many of your guests will be from out of town but those that do will have to take Friday and possibly Thursday off to travel to a Friday Wedding but only Monday for a Sunday Wedding. Also, a random side note, historically Sunday’s were supposed to be the best day to get married on.
Post # 5
I had a Friday wedding. It worked out for us since we know so many people who work non-traditional schedules.
Post # 6
I went to a Friday wedding and didn’t like it. My DH and I left early b/c we were tired and hungry!
Post # 7
We’re having a Friday wedding in October. Our ceremony and cocktail hour will be outside if the weather cooperates. I was concerned with daylight as well but FI and I went up to our venue this past October 8th to check out the daylight and there was no issue (it was basically just as bright as if it was noon). Our ceremony is at 5:30 and it didn’t start getting dark until after 7. I’m not sure how different it would be in IL since we’re from NY but I know for us, it won’t be an issue.
I prefer Friday weddings to Sunday weddings, personally. If you have the ceremony start after 5 pm, your guests won’t have to leave work that early. I would rather skip out of work an hour early on Friday than be tired all day Monday from being out late the night before.
Post # 8
@Genevieve: Did they not feed you?
Post # 9
Could you do it the Sunday of the Columbus Day long weekend?
Post # 10
i would do sunday and start in mid-afternoon, like 3 or 4pm. that way your guests aren’t out too late and can still go to work monday, and your traveling guests will only need to take 1 day off of work to travel (monday) instead of possibly having to take off thursday and friday. also, rush hour traffic can really throw a wrench in friday weddings, especially if you’re starting at 6pm.
you could do the sunday before columbus day, but that wouldn’t make a huge difference because not many people actually get columbus day as a holiday.
Post # 11
I f you aren’t willing to do a first look, don’t do a Friday wedding. You’ll miss your wedding – literally – taking pics, or oyu’ll have to compromise and have a small number of rushed pics that won’t be as good. Do a sunday wedding and make it more relaxed, time-wise!
Post # 12
As a guest, I’ve always preferred Friday weddings to Sundays. Something about knowing I have to work in the morning takes away from the fun atmosphere for me. Decent photogs will still know how to get great pictures in low light, and you can still do loads of indoor shots.
Post # 13
I’m having a Friday wedding. Our venue only rents to private events Friday and Sunday, and we want to give our guests a day to recover. Everyone I spoke to said they have been to Friday weddings. The important thing is that they have plenty of notice to leave work a bit early if need be (which obviously they would have.) Good luck and let us know what you decided!
Post # 14
We are having a Sunday wedding, mainly because our wedding is 2 1/2 hrs away. My main things though are that on a Sunday no one will have to leave work early to make sure they can get to the wedding, the time is more flexible on when we can start plus it also gives more time for pictures, setting up, and getting ready. Most people are going to make it a long weekend for our wedding & go down on Thursday or Friday when we go though, too.
Post # 15
My problem is that I myself have never had a good time at a friday or sunday wedding- no one can let loose or just have a good time. We were looking for more of the party into the night, dance the night away type of wedding. We waited over 2 years to get married just so we could have everything we wanted including a saturday night-end of june wedding. I guess it all has to do with the atmosphere you want to create.
Post # 16
I’m getting married on Sunday, the 9th of October because that Monday is Columbus day. The majority of my guests have that day off of work, but I’m also sending out my Save the Dates well in advance. A lot of our guests are traveling too and Monday seemed preferrable for them.