(Closed) Getting married on a Sunday in July? Times, etiquette, etc.?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m sorry, but yes, I think it’s a little unreasonable to have your wedding that late on a Sunday. Just because everyone has a year to plan doesn’t mean they all even have a day that they can take off from work. Maybe you should consider a morning or afternoon wedding if you must have it on the 13th. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

@collegegirl1994:  I agree with PP. I am not interested in being at a wedding at 7 on Sunday night. Can you imagine being at a reception at midnight? Drinking and partying on Sunday night is not something that interest me. Unless I was really really close to the couple I would not attend. Maybe with a 3:00 or 4:00 wedding I would leave around 8ish to prepare for my work day Monday.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You’ll have better turnout and a longer reception if you go for a morning event. 11am ceremony followed by brunch then cocktails. People will not have to hurry home. In my social circle, people would be more likely to leave early than to burn a leave day if they’re locals.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Why isn’t pushing the date back one day an option? I would imagine it would be better to change that then to have MANY people probably not show up or leave right after dinner… 

Edit: I think you should at least make it an afternoon wedding. Throwing a wedding/party is also about accomodating your guests. I probably wouldn’t attend a wedding that late on a Sunday, unless it was a super super close friend/family member. I still wouldn’t stay late, though. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am getting married on a Sunday this year, and I am having an afternoon wedding. I agree with PP that people will not want to take a day off for your wedding, especially if they are locals. Maybe put yourself in the position of someone who doesn’t know the couple SUPER well and taking a day off for their wedding.

I don’t know if this is an option for your at all, but if you really want a evening wedding, and don’t want people to leave why don’t you have it on Friday June 13th? That way, most people will for sure not having work the next day and you would still be able to have it in the evening. It’s also still summer and warm. Good luck with your planning! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Or, have an afternoon wedding, and then arrange with your photographer to have a sunset shoot! That way you still get the pictures that you want, and your guests won’t feel burdened to be there. Just a thought.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had a lovely Sunday wedding but everything was done by 9pm and some guests still had to leave early. Have your wedding when you want but be aware that it’s likely that many of your guests will not stay until the end.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@collegegirl1994:  Yeah, I know some people don’t like that, but I figured I would try! It would be a great story! I know a few people that were born on Friday the 13th, and they consider the day good luck!! I think that you just have to go with what works and feels right for you. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We got married on a Sunday and had our outdoor ceremony at 5pm. It was light enough out that we got some amazing pictures before, during, and after the ceremony, but were still able to enjoy a nice candelit dinner under the stars later. Dinner was served at 6:30pm and everyone stayed till about 9:30pm. I wouldn’t serve dinner later than 7 or 7:30pm.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

My wedding was also on a Sunday in July, 5-10 and everyone had a blast, no one complained, and no one left early. It’s ONE day so those who love you can sacrifice.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m having a Sunday wedding, but my ceremony is in the afternoon (3pm) and will last about an hour, and then the reception will start at 6, so there is a little break in the middle. What you need to think about with a Sunday morning/brunch wedding is if you want to have the ceremony in the church, this might not be possible because of Sunday service times. Personally, I think with enough advanced notice, OOTers won’t mind taking a day off on Monday, and locals could probably arrange half-days or days off. I think you shuold ask around your nearest and dearest and get their opinions. (And tell them to be totally honest! would they leave early? would they not come? You need to get an idea of what to expect)

A lot of my guests are coming from out of the country (like 1/3 or so), so they will be on an American vacation around the date, so they don’t really care what day of the week it is. Also, with a Sunday wedding you will probably have a better turnout at the rehearsal (if that’s important to you)

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