Post # 1
I am considering July 3rd of next year for our date, partially because I love the 4th of July (but wouldn’t want people to give up their holiday traditions to come) and partly because it’s a Sunday, which means savings on the venue.
Can anyone who’s looked into it, or done it, give me an idea of what kind of discounts you’ve seen (or gotten) for a Sunday vs. a Saturday booking?
Post # 3
We are getting married on a Sunday in the UK. I can honestly say NOTHING is cheaper. The only difference is that our venue has minumum numbers of 70 on a Sunday as opposed to 80 on a Saturday. Apart from that nothing at all is cheaper. Flowers, photographer etc are all just as expensive. In fact, some of them were already booked up for the day of our wedding when we tried booking 15 months in advance.
Post # 4
We considered Sunday but nothing was cheaper for us either – our church would actually be a butt load more expensive. I do think some places are cheaper though, or else why would all my books keep harping on Sundays?
However, you may come across holiday weekend cost increases with July 3rd which might cancel out any cost savings you would otherwise get with a Sunday – so keep an eye out for that.
Post # 5
A lot of it depends on your venue, some really do not offer that much of a discount on a non Saturday wedding. If your venue requires a site fee that’s probably where you will see the greatest savings. IE at my venue it’s a difference of 1K.
But. It all changes when it’s a holiday weekend. Holiday weekends are very popular so for a lot of venues doing a Sunday on a holiday weekend really saves you no money because it’s in such high demand.
Do you know if July 3 is available at your venue for next year? Holiday weekends tend to get snatched up pretty fast as well.
I would ask your venue’s coordinator directly what the savings are for site fee if any, food charges, alcohol charges etc.
The other thing is if your wedding will be a destination for most airfare and hotel rates are generally more expensive on a holiday weekend as well.
Post # 6
I went to a wedding this summer at a golf course. They had it on a Friday; the minimum they had to spend was $8000 at the venue. If they had it on a Saturday, it was $20,000!! I agree with the ladies above, you need to shop around, and venue is where you hold the greatest chances of saving money.
Post # 7
I’m not sure if this would be a problem for you, but where I live, the town is practically shut down on Sundays. All of the businesses, besides restaurants, downtown are closed, and the shop I work at (family owned flower shop) is closed Sundays. As a matter of fact, I don’t think any of the flower shops here are open Sundays. You might want to check with ALL of your vendors. If anything, I would think Sunday’s would be a bit more expensive, just because people would be working for your wedding on days their shop wouldn’t typically be open.
Then again, I’ve just started planning so I’m not really experienced with wedding stuff yet. 🙂
Post # 8
Our site fee was $1500 cheaper on a Sunday than it would have been on a Saturday. We also had a lot more negotiating power with our vendors, since no one was booked on our date!
Post # 9
I’m planning a Sunday wedding and we’ve gotten some discounts. Our venue was cheaper and we were offered a few hundred dollars off a photobooth “because it’s Sunday.” We also got a deal on our photographer who said she figured she wouldn’t be working on a Sunday so she’d help us out a bit. But, one rental company wanted to charge extra for delivery because it was Sunday, so it’s not across the board. I think Gerbera is right, in your situation it all has to do with it being a holiday weekend. We were considering July 4 weekend until we heard that our caterer would charge time and a half for all the staff. That would have immediately swamped any discounts we got for being a Sunday.
Another thing that has saved us money is also changing the time of day. We’re having our ceremony at 11 am and then going for a brunch reception. Less expensive food, more casual atmosphere and less booze consumption. It’s not totally ideal since I think we’ll have to DRAG people onto the dance floor in the middle of the day, but everything else works for us and I think it will be just what we want.
Post # 10
We are getting married on a Sunday in February. So, there should be two discounts at work here…off-season and not Saturday. Unfortunately, we haven’t really been finding any discounts because of the date. Our venue was so generous and shaved off a whopping, wait for it….$250 from the reception costs. See. No huge savings to speak of.
Post # 11
We found nothing to be cheaper for a Friday wedding. However we are getting married on New Years Eve, so it could be because of that.
We did find that our photography package was $500 cheaper because we were getting married in an “off season” though.
Post # 12
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
For us, the price was less than half for a Friday or Sunday wedding than for a Saturday!
Post # 13
totally depends on the venue.
our sunday wedding is not cheaper in any way than it would have been on a saturday. we liked the sunday date because it’s a holiday weekend and our guests have more time to travel to get here.
we came very close to choosing july 4th, too! but in the end labor day won out, for various reasons.
good luck picking your date!
Post # 14
It depends on the venue, but we are doing a Friday wedding and saving about $25 a person by not having it on a Saturday. With about 120 people, that’s $3,000.
We debated whether $3,000 was worth not having a Saturday wedding. It’s easy to think in the grand scheme of weddings that 3k isn’t that much money…but in reality it is a lot of money. Plus, our wedding doesn’t start until 6:30 pm on Friday, so I think it makes it easier for people since it starts later in the day.
It was also easier to find great vendors that were available for my date. Hair, makeup, photographer, etc. I got a small discount from my photographer since my wedding wasn’t on a Saturday.
Also, I agree with what others said about the holiday weekend. We found that most places do not offer discounts if it’s a holiday weekend.
Post # 14
The difference in my venue was $10K between Saturday vs. Sunday. We are having Sunday for that reason!
Post # 15
A LOT. I had mine on a Friday, and was able to save at least 20% on just about everything. I also had an awesome planner, Christine Viola, who helped me negotiate everything in strange territory, so I can’t rightfully take credit for it.
But not only did I get discount at the venue, I also got cheaper prices with other vendors for hair, makeup, etc. just because it’s a Friday.
Our wedding also started at 7 PM on Friday evening, which is actually not that late in terms of NYC time, but late enough that people could get out of work and attend without any problem. Out of town guests were glad to have a long weekend in the big apple as well.