Post # 1
We finally found our wedding venue! Unfortunately, Saturday was booked so we opted for the Friday. I liked the idea that we would have Thursday to set up :). Now I am second guessing… Since Monday will be a Holiday, I am wondering if a Sunday wedding would be best… We are expecting just under 50 guests. It’s a tough call because some of them work retail, so that means weekends ususally, others work Mon-Fri. Either way, some will likely have to book off work. Roughly 10, give or take, will be coming from out of town, by car, ranging from a two hour trip to a 6ish hour trip. As you can see, I am putting a lot into consideration! Thoughts please? Friday or Sunday if Monday is a holiday?
Thanks ladies, appreciate the advice!
Post # 3
Im doing Friday night- memorial weekend.. so everyone has extra time to travel. i say stick with friday.
Post # 4
Hello! I am voting for Sunday. We just had our wedding on the Sunday of this past Memorial Day weekend and it was perfect. It was in Florida, so many people took a couple days off just for the fun of it, but no one had to. We had a welcome party on Saturday, ceremony/reception on Sunday and Monday everyone was off. I thought it worked out really well that way.
Post # 5
I’m doing the Sunday of the holiday weekend— most of my guests are 9-to-5’ers and they appreciate being able to travel by plane and not miss work. Just pick what works best for you though, as you will not ever please 100% of the people on the guest list.
Post # 6
What kind of wedding do you want? Late night with open bar, dancing and lots of drinking? Or do you want an earlier end time and less partying? (Sunday brunch weddings can be GORGEOUS). I’d use that as a guide.
Post # 7
We’re having a Sunday wedding. Monday is President’s day. My FI’s entire family lives in California and plan on coming to Maryland the Thursday/Friday before for a long weekend. They can site see the whole weekend before the wedding. My thoughts were traffic on a Friday getting to the ceremony and reception space. But that was just my problem since I live in Baltimore. But depending on what time your wedding starts people could be stuck in rush hour traffic.. if you have that? haha. Plus if you have a Sunday wedding, your guests wont have to take off work. I guess minus your retail working guests.
Post # 8
I’m doing the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and have found it convenient so that no one has to take off of work.
Post # 9
I think traveling on the Friday of a three day weekend is really challenging. I would definitely prefer a Sunday wedding.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
@MidwestBride2012: Just wanted to jump in on this – just because it’s earlier on a Sunday (holiday weekend or not), does not mean there has to be less partying! We definitely had open bar, lots of drinking and dancing, and everyone had a great time!
As someone who had a Sunday morning (11:30 start) wedding (no Monday holiday), and has since been to three weddings on consecutive Sundays of labor day weekend, I love it! There is plenty of travel time, they have all been kick [email protected]@ part-ays and very few people had to take off work.
That being said, as someone else mentioned, you will never please everyone, so you have to do what works for you!
Post # 11
We got married on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and it worked really well! Saturday was also booked at our venue. 🙂
It didn’t matter as much to our out-of-town family, since they all seemed to take a week off for the trip. But for our friends that were either a 1-2 hour drive or a short plane ride away, it was easy to travel Saturday and Monday and be able to make the wedding without taking work off.
ETA: since most of our family and friends are out of town, it was a busy weekend! We had rehearsal and casual family dinner on Friday night, shower on Saturday morning, then hung out with all our friends Saturday night, wedding Sunday, and everyone pretty much slept or traveled home on Monday.
Post # 12
I would vote for Sunday so people don’t have to take an extra day off work. Also, traffic on Fridays of a long holiday weekend can be a pain.
Post # 13
I’m having mine on the Sunday of a holiday weekend so that people can travel on Saturday and Monday. The holiday weekend doesn’t really help them out at all if they have to travel on Thursday.
Post # 14
We did a Sunday wedding over labor day weekend! It allowed our Out of Town guests to get in on Saturday without having to take off Friday from work, and leave on Monday with not too much pain. Worked well for us, but it’s different for everyone!
Post # 15
I’d prefer Sunday so I had the option of not taking time off from work. For a Friday wedding, I’d likely need to take at least a half day.
Post # 16
Definitely Sunday if and only if the holiday is actually one that people have off work and school. There are many I can think of that don’t fall in that category. If not, I’d vote Friday.