Post # 1
Is Friday an inconvenient day for guests to attend a wedding? My finace and I are considering the idea of a friday wedding but are worried about it inconviencing our family members. Most of the family that will attend will have between a 1.5 and 2.5 hour drive from their homes to get to our ceremony site. I thought that was way too far to make them drive on a Friday night. But then my dad said that Friday weddings are better for people because they still have their weekends after your wedding (we will be getting married in the summer) Dad says he would rather have to take off some work to make it to a wedding in time on a friday then still have the rest of the weekend to do your own thing. He also says that family members are going to come either way so it doesn’t matter much if it is a bit of a hassle for them. What do you lovely ladies think? Is Friday or Saturday the better option?
Post # 3
I had a Friday for my first wedding and everyone loved having a day off to come. It was great! This time I am having a Sunday. Everyones coming to that too. I think you would be fine with both a Friday or Saturday. Friday is special to me, because I was born on a Friday,married on a Friday and all my kids were born on a friday. haha
Post # 4
I wouldnt mind and most people I know are able to get off work early so in my
crowd a Friday wedding is (very) accepted.
Post # 5
Either way (if it is close friends or family) we will make sure to be there.
Post # 6
I’m not a fan of taking off of work to attend weddings. I have done it, but would probably only do so for a very close friend or family member.
Post # 8
As someone who chose the Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend for her own semi-destination wedding, and who has always had Sunday morning church commitments after attending other people’s Saturday night weddings, I definitely like the idea of Friday night weddings.
ETA: Because I can see benefits to both options, I voted for “equal” in your poll.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I chose Friday because it was less costly to us and most of our guests would have to travel anyway for the wedding.
Post # 10
We were originally planning to have a Friday wedding (because of a venue we originally decided on; changed now though) and when I brought it up to FI’s family and friends they FLIPPED out about how I’m asking people to take a day off work for MY wedding and that its rude to ask that. Additionally, one even said that because I’m making them take time off of work, that guest could decide to spend less on a wedding gift for us because they were missing work.
If that day works for you and Saturday doesn’t (higher cost, etc.), go for it. It may inconvenience people but if they want to be there at your wedding they’ll be there. My FI likened it to people having destination weddings. A family member of his is having a destination wedding and everyone was on board for it, no one made her feel bad that some people can’t make it. But hey, it’s what she wanted. So she’s asking people to spend more to travel during the weekday, take more time off work, to attend her wedding. Yeah, you could say that people get a mini vacation out of it but if the issue was that the wedding makes people miss work, why did I get all the complaints?
I’m sorry, I’m blabbering on. Unresolved feelings… Again, if it works for you, DON’T let anyone tell you or make you feel bad that your WEDDING is an inconvenience. It’s not. It’s a joyous occasion which you want to share with people you love.
So, Friday or Saturday is both equal to me!
Post # 11
It wouldn’t inconvenience ME b/c I don’t have a M-F type of job, but when we were considering a Friday night, and my sister was talking about it with our Dad, he said he would pay for our venue if we moved it to Saturday….haha…
Post # 12
Well, if it’s an evening wedding, guests may get stuck in rush hour traffic, considering they’re coming from 1.5-2 hours away. People may also have to take the day off of work, which isn’t always ideal. I know a lot of friends who have had Friday weddings to save money, but if you could do Saturday I’ll always lean towards that.
Post # 13
I would decide on what WE want. As long as the closest to you can make it, then i woouldn’t worry too much. Go for it!
Post # 15
I can see it both ways. I have been to two friday afternoon weddings. Both were inconvienent because I did end up having to take a vacation day for travel and what have you. But on the other hand, I did have the whole weekend free afterwards for both, which was great and I didnt have to give up a saturday.
Soo, I guess what I am saying is do what is best for you!
Post # 16
We are having a Friday early evening wedding with a brief reception afterwards and an all-day/all-night pig roast on Saturday.