Post # 1
My fi and I are wedding planning and hoping for next year sometime however our venue that we like has only one Saturday opening and a 5000 food minimum. Ah! We will only be having approximately 80-90 people so right now that seems ridiculous for the food budget. So thy venue also has weddings on Fridays and I was wondering in your most honest wedding bee op ions what you think of a Friday wedding? Yeah or neigh? I don’t want to be a burden but on Friday there is no food minimum! So much more cheaper.
Post # 3
I am having a friday night wedding. I’ve only received grief from my uncle’s snotty girlfriend. “Ohhhh, a friday? I’ve never heard of that.” She’s a massive bitch though, so I really dont’ care.
We made sure our ceremony is starting late enough (6pm). we also made sure to send out save the dates.
I say do it!
Post # 4
I’ve only been to ONE Friday and because it was out of town, it was very inconvenient for me. I had to take off the entire Friday. The wedding was great and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world but I also had to battle through Friday traffic which is the worst day for traffic for my area (DC). btw, I had to drive to the Philly area (3+ hrs away with no traffic).
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2012 - Hacienda los Agaves
We’re having a friday wedding. It’s not a concern for us since almost our entire family lives in the same city. I’ma bit concerned as for people being late or not showing to the ceremony cause they can’t get out of work early, but Mr Toadstool convinced me saying that people who really care will do anything to be there, and he’s right.
I’ve been t a lot of friday weddings and is not a big deal.
Post # 6
No problem with a friday wedding for me. While I’d personally prefer it if it were later in the evening, so that I could work a full day and still go (assuming it was local) or only miss one work day by flying in Friday morning instead of Thursday night, I’d still go even if it was Wednesday at noon. If it’s someone I care about enough to go to their wedding, the time of day or day of week won’t hold me back.
Post # 7
Friday weddings are fine with me. There are only so many Saturdays available in the year, after all.
If I cared about you,and had enough notice so I can leave work early or take a vacation day if I had to travel, I would be there with bells on.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Ours was a Friday:
CONS: we had three OOT guests who weren’t able to attend because they couldn’t get the time off of work. A couple of guests were late to the ceremony (we started promptly at 6- but I’ve gotten lost/been late to weekend weddings before.) You guests will have to leave work early to make it to the ceremony on time. To make a Friday wedding work, you really need to have ceremony/reception at the same location.
PROS: You’ll have better venue/vendor availability for a Friday vs. Saturday (we had a short engagement, and there’s no way I would have gotten our amazing photographer or venue otherwise). We had no problem booking our rehearsal dinner the week before. (And we didn’t have a rehearsal-just the dinner.) Less conflict with other events- just send out save the dates.
Post # 9
We’re having a Friday wedding for the same reason you want to. Our venue’s minimum for Friday was half what it is for Saturday, so that was a no-brainer for us.
Post # 10
My friend is having one, and i think it is more than ok! Better than a fancy schmancy one that will put you in debt! people you love and who love you won’t even hear “friday” they will hear wedding bells
Post # 11
We had a Friday evening wedding out of town and I don’t regret it one bit.
Yes there will be those that won’t be able to attend due to work etc but the majority of people will take the time off (especially with advance notice) to come. While people on the bee complain about the inconvienence of Friday weddings I personally only had one person (DH’s retired grandmother) complain to my face about the date….not one other person said anything negative to us directly.
We saved thousands of dollars and ended up with the venue for significantly longer than we would have had we gone with a Saturday or Sunday wedding. In other words we got a lot more wedding for our buck so to speak.
Post # 12
We got married on a Friday. Everyone who was important to us made it, on time. No one complained. And, we got to spend the rest of the weekend hanging out with our friends & family who had traveled to be with us.
Post # 13
I had a Friday wedding. A lot of people couldn’t make it to the ceremony, but the ones who really wanted to be there did make it. Everyone else was able to make the reception.
Post # 14
If the majority of your guests are local, then a Friday wedding sounds great. But if a lot of people are traveling to attend, it may be difficult since many will need to take th day off of work.
Post # 15
My wedding was on a Friday. The 13th, to be exact. There is nothing wrong with it, IMO. If it’s late in the evening, people can still go to work and just get off a little early, if necessary, to get ready.
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
For family and close friends I would have no problem with a Friday night wedding. For other friends it would need to be within an hour or two of my house so I could work a half day if I wanted and then drive to the wedding before evening traffic. Since you’re having a small guest list it shouldn’t be a problem. I much prefer a Friday night wedding to a Sunday wedding but I wouldn’t be so rude as to tell the bride that if she was set on a Sunday for budget reasons (it’s her money to spend as she likes and if I don’t like it, I don’t have to attend.)