Friday weddings can work

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@jjpippin:  They are absolutely possible and successful. We had a Friday wedding with the ceremony at 6:30 pm. Most of our guests had to drive two hours to get to the location and had 130 out of 160 guests RSVP yes. It was a great night and many people were openly thankful to still have the rest of their weekend free.

The Thursday rehearsal dinner can be an issue however the bridal party has to take Friday off anyway so if you have it late enough you can avoid issues.

Post # 4
6448 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree that they can absolutely be successful and I actually kind of prefer them IF they start late. When people on here talk about a 4pm Friday wedding, I always wonder what their turn out is like. I don’t know that I would take off of work for a wedding as I have very little vacation time and we need to take off four hours at a time.

Post # 5
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Agreed. We had a Friday wedding, and I think the key is being flexible. I knew that even with a 6pm ceremony, it could be tough for some people.

We didn’t have a rehearsal (minister took about five minutes with everyone before hand to go over the order). The best man, my brother and SIL couldn’t make it to the Thursday night dinner, but it wasn’t a big deal. It ended up being more of a time for our parents to reconnect with our friends, a nice calm night before the big day.

Most of the out of town guests turned it into a long weekend, and having sent out save the dates, our guests had a lot of notice.

Post # 6
1234 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had a Friday wedding with a 4PM ceremony :). Totally worked for our friends and family.

Post # 7
1234 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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Post # 8
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@jjpippin:  THANK YOU!  We’ve ended up with a Friday wedding and have been concerned on the logistics.  Unfortunately, our event has to be over by 1000 so we’re starting the ceremony at 5 but majority of guests are out of town anyways so they’ll already be in town and mutual friends all work pretty local to the venue. 

Post # 9
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m having a friday wedding, although we aren’t having a late ceremony, I think we’ll be okay.

All of fi’s family are 2500+ miles away, so they would have to take work off reguardless, and the rest of my family work weekends, so a weekday is just as bad as a weekend for them.

Luckily for me, my family is quite small and weddings aren’t something that happens often.. the last actual full blown wedding was over 5 years ago.. and before that, 11 years ago.

Post # 10
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I went to a friend’s Friday wedding!

Ceremony started at 6:30, cocktail hour was really 45 minutes, and dinner was served quick and hot! It was really fun!

Post # 11
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We are doing a Friday wedding, but aren’t sure what time our ceremony will be yet. We will be getting married at a church, and I’m guessing it’ll be like 3-4 pm. We also want to keep it earlier so we can really take advantage of the outdoor patio at our reception hall for as long as possible.  Most of our guests will be traveling anyway, so I’m hoping it won’t be a big deal. If people have to work, I hope they can at least come to the reception!

Our wedding is on Memorial Day weekend, so some people may already be off for Friday, and many will be off on Monday.  This way our guests can visit for the weekend and still have a day to relax before going back to work! We are also giving our guests PLENTY of notice. I’m convinced that if people want to be there, they will make it happen!

Post # 12
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I am glad to hear this. I am having a Friday wedding with the ceremony starting at 5:30. The reason we chose a Friday (aside from the obvious lower costs) was because all of our family is about 40 minutes away. We wanted everything to flow from the ceremony to reception without anyone having to drive all over town and figure out what to do for a few hours. We have received a mostly positive response.

Post # 13
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

 I say make no apologies for the time or day of your wedding. We had a friend get married on a Saturday afternoon this fall and my FI was upset about it because there was a football game on.  SOMEONE will always find a way to make your wedding schedule sound outrageous and/or inconvenient.

We’re having a Friday wedding with the ceremony at 3:30pm – I was sort of hoping that would discourage people from coming to keep the guest count down, but so far I haven’t heard anyone say no! We’re having a semi-destination wedding in Charleston (I say semi because WE only live 2 hours away, but most of the family is a lot farther) and apparently everyone is happy to have an excuse to come to the coast for a weekend. 🙂

Post # 14
1022 posts
Bumble bee

I had a very traditional Friday wedding, ceremony started at 1:30pm. No one had a problem with it and out guest had a lovely time.

The people who love and support you are going to be there regardless of the time, the place or the day.

Post # 15
2169 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We’re having a Friday wedding too, and have just successfully moved the ceremony start time to 5pm (was going to be 6pm, which was really going to make dinner too late).  We’re doing photos beforehand so the guests will flow straight from the ceremony to drinks & canapes to the reception, all at the same venue.  We’ve given everyone plenty of notice and I haven’t heard any negative responses to the timing 🙂 

Post # 16
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I personally like Friday weddings bc you still have Saturday and Sunday. I am getting married on a Friday and my feeling is like ok hope you can come but it won’t be the end of the world if people can’t make it bc I know the important people (to me) will make it. The less expensive cost of a Friday wedding is also a major plus. 

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