Post # 1
We are considering having a Friday wedding because the places we like are either booked during the months we are wanting or we have friends who are getting married the weekend before/after and were trying to avoid those weekends. The venue charges the same amount on a Friday so we wouldn’t save any money that way. Do you think photographers & DJ might give a discount for a Friday wedding? We are doing our own catering so that would stay the same. Also, do you think it’s ok to have a Friday wedding (probably around 6 so some people would have to take off a few hours of work to make it & out of town guests would have to come a day early)? Do you think it would be better or worse to have it on a holiday weekend? I’m thinking maybe Memorial Day weekend as people would probably have some days off work already.
Post # 3
Where I come from, Friday & Sunday weddings are always cheaper. And from what people say, they hate weddings on holiday weekends. I’d reconsider that if it’d bother you too much.
Post # 4
I’m having a Friday wedding! I’m not sure where you’re located, but at least in my area only two of my vendors gave me a discount for having it on a Friday (at least the others didn’t TELL me we were getting a discount!). Our venue is cheaper on Fridays as well as our photographer. Even though that’s only two out of a bunch of vendors, it was enough to sell us on a Friday wedding!
Post # 5
A Friday wedding before a holiday weekend would be a pain, to be honest. I’d be a bit annoyed, and getting time off of work around holiday weeknds can be tricky in my profession. Also, Friday weddings aren’t ideal for those who have to travel because it pretty much requires your out of town guests to take a full day off from work. However, if most of your guest list is local, it’s not so bad.
Post # 6
I had a Friday wedding. It was a great day to get married. We had no problem with attendance (our evening celebrations were from 7.30) and lots of guests said it was a great way to kick off the weekend. You may well find it much easier to book your venue of choice too.
However, as has already been mentioned on another thread today, photographers do not routinely give discounts based on the day of the week and I’m not sure why a DJ would either. I’m a photographer and it has never occurred to me that my work has a lesser value on a Friday than it would a Saturday. You might well find it easier to book a photographer for a Friday though. Only the best wedding photographers have their Saturdays booked up well in advance.
Post # 7
We had a friday wedding only because my husband wanted the date, 12.21.12 which happend to be a friday. We didn’t save anything on vendor cost or venue cost based on the Friday and even though our wedding was in the wedding “off season” we didn’t see a price break.
friday weddings are essentially considered to be in vogue now so of course most places won’t extend discounts. we could have saved money with a saturday afternoon or sunday evening recption but that was not for us. I was able to negotiate some “extras” from the venue like a sashimi station, dessert bar, etc but to not with the vendors. quite honesty the vendors told me that they are putting in the same work for a wedding regardless of the day of week or time of year so they dont see a reason to give a discount. I assume they’d would reather not work than to take a hit on compensation. It can’t hurt to ask though!
Post # 8
I’m having one! We aren’t getting any deals from our vendors, but I did run into a few that offered them.
Post # 9
I would think a lot of your out of town guests would have to take Friday off anyways to travel to the wedding whether it was Friday or Saturday (I’m talking out of town as in they would have to fly or drive more than 3 hours in), so it might not make a difference to them if they leave Friday morning.
I wouldn’t be mad to attend a wedding on the Friday of a holiday weekend, but I do think it would be more difficult for me to request off from work simply because there are so many people who do that. If you decide to do that, make sure to tell your guests way in advance, and don’t be mad if they can’t take off.