Post # 1
My fiance and I plan to get married next year and we found our perfect wedding venue yesterday, however, our initial date (June 21st) was booked. We are flexible so we decided to move it forward to May. We want a Sunday wedding and it’s narrowed down to either 24th or 31st of May.
The 31st was my first choice BUT there is a wedding booked on the Saturday before, so we would have to have the rehearsal on Friday and would not be able to bring anything out the day before. The Saturday before the 24th is open, but there is a small chance that it will get booked by the time next year rolls around. Back to back bookings are pretty rare apparantly, but it can happen. My wedding is going to be under 100 people, it is going to be themed (50s!) but I don’t think there is anything big that needs to be set up a day in advance; however, I can imagine that it would take a little stress off knowing that everything will be ready when I get there.
Another concern is the clean up from the Saturday wedding, if it’s a big wedding then I would assume it might take awhile for the clean up crew to get everything taken care of? I know some of it will be done towards the end of the wedding, but when I toured yesterday the cleaning crew hadn’t arrived to take care of the wedding the day before; it wasn’t dirty, things just needed to be put away still. I’m assuming this won’t be the case for a back-to-back wedding. If something breaks, or someone from the previous wedding decides to be a jerk and spray paint initials on the cobblestones (she said this has happened once before) there won’t be much time to fix it. These are just some worst case scenarios, I don’t know if if i’m just being silly or if its a valid concern. There is nothing particularly special about the 31st, it’s just an extra week to get things ready, since all our initial planning had been for the end of June lol If you had the choice, which would you pick?
Post # 2
I would avoid the holiday weekend (Labor Day, if you are in the US) so i would choose the 31st. I think its common for venues to having weddings back to back. I know there is an event at my venue on the day before my wedding. I am not concerned, they are used to dealing with this.
Post # 3
I actually got married on May 25 this year (the Sunday of Memorial Day) and it was fantastic! There was a wedding the Saturday before, so we just made sure to get there around 3 to do the rehearsal (wedding wasn’t until 5 that evening) and we were out of there by 4. We were also able to bring by our box of stuff and leave it in an office (after I spoke with someone about it first) for the following day. We had our dinner after the rehearsal around 5:30, so it was perfect timing.
You’ll find that there are some people who will have issues with the holiday weekend, but most of our guests did not. We had maybe 6 people say they had Memorial Day plans, but most either skipped out on their plans or didn’t have any and made it to the wedding. It was great for the people who had to travel, because they didn’t have to take off work on Friday to make it to the rehearsal/dinner, and they had all day Monday to get home. A friend of ours who invited most of the same people to hers did hers on the Sunday of Labor Day and it was the same thing-most people attended.
Also, it was cheaper for a Sunday wedding for us, and my DH and I were at a Sunday wedding NOT on a holiday weekend a few years back, and it did not have the same atmosphere as ours at all. The wedding was gorgeous mind you, so it was not so much that, it was just that most people left around 9-9:30, and most were not drinking and therefore not really dancing either. The only people who seemed to be really into it was the bridal party, most likely because they had called off work the next day already, but for the majority of guests, we had to get up early for work. It just depends on what you want your wedding to be like. We wanted drinking and dancing and that’s what we got! Good luck!
Post # 4
The most important thing for me when choosing a venue was that they had a team ready for anything.
Do you think your venue is capable of handling all these things for you? These should be things you shouldn’t have to even worry about! But not all venues have awesome teams like mine did.
Post # 5
vilepixie: Are you sure you could have your rehearsal Friday? Wouldn’t the Saturday wedding already have booked the Friday evening for their rehearsal?
Post # 6
I would have thought they would have the rehearsal on Friday too, but the owner told me we could do it then.
I am so glad I posted this question, because I totally did not realize that the 24th fell during Memorial Day weekend! ha! I shot an email to the owner saying that any increased costs during that time, would probably knock our budget out too far, so the 31st might be better. She said I could book Saturday 23rd or the 24th at the cheapest off season small wedding price ($700 less than normal price!) She will give me that price for the 31st too. The photographer and the catering company do not charge more for holidays. I’m in Oregon so I know some people will want to go camping, but hopefully with plenty of advance notice they will have time to think about where they want to be lol I do have a few important guests who will be from out of state (california) and a couple coming over from England, so I’m a little worried about the high prices of flight tickets and hotels around that time. International flights will be expensive regardless, but as far as travelling around the US goes, I know last minute costs are very high, but is it still bad when booking in advance?
I asked about the cleanup from the previous wedding, and the owner assured me that everything will be taken care of. She absolutely loves her job and takes pride in everything there, so I trust that everything will be good on that front.
Post # 7
vilepixie: I booked at a popular venue and I wouldn’t be surprised if my venue is used Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We are doing ours Sunday. Our rehearsal will be Wednesday or Thursday, but we’ll have our “rehearsal” dinner on Saturday. Don’t think too much into it. Your venue will make sure they are all cleaned up and stuff before your party arrives, so don’t worry about that (if you are).
Post # 8
vilepixie: Honestly….. it really isn’t that bad.
I am getting married on Sunday and there is a wedding on the Friday and the Saturday before.
The venue asked me to bring all of the stuff on Thursday and we are rehearsing at the house on Friday. We got the layout figured out pretty good so it shouldn’t be too hard to figure it out on the day of.
Out venue kicks butt when it comes to having multiple events every weekend. They work around the clock to get the decorations, draping, tables, everything set up on time and the way the bride and groom want it.
Those are things you may want to look into before booking it.
If your venue is not responsible for setting up before your ceremony and they are leaving it all up to you…. I’d go with a different one.
Post # 9
Most venues I know of have back to back weddings all weekend. When we booked ours we were told that they actually have a brunch time slot that same day that may book (it didn’t). I don’t think it’s a big deal, I’m sure the crew will have it cleaned up in time and if your set up won’t take very long than it’s not a big deal to do it the day of.