(Closed) Labor Day Weekend Wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think it could work. I would just be sure to give people plenty of notice so that they don’t make plans for that weekend.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t know specifically about NYC, but airfare to/from FL (where I used to live) is always more expensive over Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends (I used to fly into Philly and BWI).  Also, you will probably have more than the normal amount of tourists coming into NYC that weekend too.  That being said, if that is the weekend you really want to do it, then go for it!  I would just give your OOT guests as much advance notice as possible so they can try to book their flights early. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had a Labor Day weekend wedding. But ours was on Sunday – we didn’t have a problem with people not coming because of other plans.

I’d say move it to Saturday though because having a Friday night wedding means people have to rush from work to the wedding or take the day off to fly in. Since most people get Monday off they’d probably be more appreciative of not having to take a day off before a long weekend. We used it to our advantage so people could fly in on Saturday and out on Monday and not have to take any time off.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would think it would be difficult for the out-of-towners, as most everyone would need to take Friday off.  Not sure about airfare, but hotels would likely be jacked up.  And even though city residents think of it as a weekend that everyone clears out to the hamptons or jersey shore, the weekend is a huge one for tourists, and the city is packed with mostly non-NYers, so be sure to find a hotel super early. 

I certainly wouldn’t mind attending a wedding labor day weekend, but i think a lot of people would be a little annoyed about having to take an extra day before a long weekend, and people are generally a little bit sensitive about giving up their 3 days weekends.  I had more than a few people tell me when i was picking a date for the fall “just don’t do labor day weekend!”

Basically, i would talk to some of your guests and see how they feel about it. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we had a labor day weekend wedding… on sunday… is that a possibility for you?? i think most of our guests liked it b/c they didn’t have to take any time off of work and had that monday to travel home after the wedding.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i agree with pp’s. it’s nice to have a wedding on a long weekend so people don’t have to take off work, but having the wedding on a friday negates that benefit as people would still have to take off to get there in time. i would try moving the wedding to that sunday, when rates will probably still be lower. and give your guests PLENTY of advanced notice — more than for a normal OOT guest.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it depends on how many OOT guests you have…Fridays are difficult for people who have to travel. We had a Friday wedding, but we also had a lot of people who were only coming from the NYC metro/tri state area, so it wasn’t bad. I do love the idea of having the rest of the weekend free after the wedding–that was one of the things I loved about our Friday wedding! I would say that it could probably work out, as long as guests know about it in advance so they can take off Thursday if they need to.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I went to a DW on the Friday of Labor Day weekend in 2009. We made a mini vacation out of it and the flight and hotel costs weren’t that bad. It worked out for us, but I would suggest that you send your STD’s now so people can mark it on their calendars and not make other plans.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What time would the ceremony be on Friday?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I got married on Labor Day weekend, but like camrie, ours was on a Sunday. It was cheaper all the way around- because most people flock to beach type areas, (and not major cities) that weekend, we got a lot of things cheaper- from the wedding venue itself, to transportation, to hotel rooms- everything was discounted because not a lot of people get married that weekend. As far as being worried about guests having other plans, we sent out STD’s well in advance so people were aware and didn’t make other plans. Trust me, the people who are going to be there for you, are coming regardless of when you get married.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would say that whatever makes the most sense for you and your families is what you should do. We are doing a 4th of July weekend wedding and had some of the same concerns but when it comes down to it there is no date that is going to be perfect for everyone, whatever day you pick is going to be convinent for some people but as long as you and your families are happy with the date it will be wonderful. 🙂

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had ours on the sat. of labor day weekend. We didn’t have any problems with guests not being able to come, other than the fact that it was the 1st football game of the season. And yes a few people went to the game instead of the wedding. Most people made it a long weekend trip also. We wanted it on a holiday weekend because we were traveling back home for the wedding and didn’t want to have to rush back the next day (husband is in school- honeymoon isn’t until April). 

I understand your concerns with the friday thing though. Would you have the rehearsal thursday night ? Imo, It does ask a lot of people to take both thursday and friday off. I don’t know about your guests’ situations but for us (and our guests) with work and school, it would be hard to take off both thursday and friday to attend a wedding when we already have a scheduled break (monday) off. 

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