Post # 1
There are a ton of threads on here about this topic, but not one devoted specifially to Friday versus Sunday wedding dates. I have seen some varying opinions on the topics and wanted to get some fresh thoughts. If you had the choice to attend a wedding on either a Friday (evening) or a Sunday (early afternoon) which day would you be happier to attend, (especially if you have to drive from out of town.)
I am in the money-saving boat and my venue is literally less than half the cost on these days than compared to a Saturday.
Here is my logic, even if we do a Saturday wedding, I know a lot of our OOT guests will most likely be taking a day off of work to come down and see family anyway. I know most of my family, when they come to visit, come on Friday afternoon and end up taking work off anyway.
Regardless I would love some feedback!
Post # 3
Well, we are having a Sunday day wedding, but honestly, in terms of travel, it’s kind of a wash–an OOT guest would probably end up having to take off work for Friday or for Monday either way–if they REALLY didn’t want to do that, I imagine that more would prefer a Sunday wedding because they could leave early to catch a plane or whatever (as opposed to arriving late on Friday), but I can’t say for sure.
But in your case, if people are going to be inclined to take off Friday anyway, then heck, have it on a Friday night. That way you can also do a Saturday morning brunch or afternoon BBQ if you wanted to (if you can handle the expense) or at least just chill with OOT guests in some other low-key way.
Post # 4
I’m having a Friday wedding, so might be a bit biased…but I would WAY rather have a Friday wedding, and then have the whole weekend to recover/do other things. I just feel like Sunday weddings are much more laid back and less “party-ish” which is fine if that’s what you’re going for; I just knew we wanted to have lots of dancing and a really fun party atmosphere, and I didn’t think that a Sunday afternoon wedding would achieve that.
Post # 5
@SamanthaSadlier I’m gald you posted this, my venue is the same way. I’m having a hard time deciding on a Sunday or Friday. I think I’m leaning towards a Suday afternoon ceremony and then the reception later that night. I agree with JennyW1 though, most guest would either be taking off a monday or friday to come.
Post # 6
i’d rather go to a friday night wedding than a sunday afternoon wedding personally. because for a sunday wedding i’d probably still work monday and so i’d most likely have work on the mind and might leave early, while for a friday wedding i’d just take a half (or whole day) off, be done with work for the week, and be ready for a good party. i’ve never actually been invited to a sunday wedding though, except on labor day weekend so the next day everyone was off anyways.
Post # 7
when you say out of town, i’m assuming that means a flight. if that is the case, then i would prefer a sunday wedding. i can easily fly in either friday night after work or on saturday and then really only need to take off monday to head back. for a friday wedding, i would need to take off thursday and friday – or i could fly out thursday after work.
how far are people driving in from? i also don’t know where your wedding will be but will rush hour traffic be a factor? i’m in the sf bay area and that’s almost always a concern for anything that takes place during the week. and what about the people that are in the area? will it be easy for them to leave work and make it to your wedding on time without feeling too harried?
i will say that i haven’t been to a friday night wedding but i’ve been to a sunday afternoon wedding and the reception was a blast! lots of fun and dancing and surprisingly, drinking.
Post # 8
I would prefer to go to a Friday night wedding. Becuase I have the whole weekend to nurse my hangover. Just my 2 cents.
Post # 9
I think Sunday afternoon would be better than a Friday night, but I still think Saturday is the best!
Post # 10
I can see it being a wash for out of town guests for Friday v. Sunday. However, from the perspective of someone who is local to the venue, I think I would prefer a Sunday wedding. If it’s on a Friday, I’d have to stress out about getting off of work, changing and getting to the venue on time while beating rush hour traffic. With a Sunday wedding, it’ll be a little more leisurely and guests won’t be all frazzled by the time they get to the wedding.
Post # 11
I think I’d prefer a Sunday wedding, but I’ve only ever been to a Friday wedding (and missed the ceremony). The other thing to consider is when you would have rehearsal dinner which has to be easier if you choose a Sunday wedding.
Post # 12
It all depends on if you’re planning on having a rehearsal dinner with the OOT guests, and how far out of town they’re coming from.
If you get married on a Friday, you’ll have to have the rehearsal dinner on a Thursday and those who are really close to you will have to take off Thursday and Friday and then have nothing going on the rest of the weekend.
If you get married on Sunday, you can have your rehearsal dinner on Saturday night and they’d only have to take Monday off.
Post # 13
I’d prefer a Friday night wedding. I like using my Sundays to recover from the weekend. 🙂
Post # 14
Our wedding was last sunday evening and it went great!
Post # 15
Maybe you could add a poll to this post? It would be easier for you to see the results and people may weigh in who don’t fill like writing out a comment.
As a guest, I would strongly prefer a Sunday wedding. For your local guests, they won’t have to worry about leaving work early on Friday – a huge benefit.
Post # 16
I’ll preface this with saying that unless it was an extremely close relative or friend (i.e. my brother or my very best friend) I would not attend a Friday or Sunday wedding if I had to drive a long distance from OOT.
That being said I would much rather attend a Friday wedding because then I would have the rest of the weekend to travel back home and recuperate. Also, for me, I prefer taking Friday’s off of work rather than Monday.