Labor Day Weekend Wedding

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My main concern would people being able to take off on that Friday. That’s a very popular vacation day for a lot of people.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

IIt would depend on what time your wedding is at, wether or not I would attend, and how close we are. 

Friday weddings should not start before 7, IMO.  Asking guests to take time off (which equals $$) is not cool.

If it’s an evening affair I’d come. Or if we were BFFs. otherwise I’d decline. 

I would expect many people to have standing long  weekend plans and that you will have a higher # of declines.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We got married on the Friday of Labour Day weekend in 2012. Because we didn’t want to have guests book that day off (unless they chose to), we had a late ceremony. It worked out fine.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

It depends on the guests.  A lot of my family work at places where there are only so many people allowed to take off on any given day.  It could be really hard for them to take off Friday before Labor Day because SO MANY other people put in the request (and sometimes there’s a tradeoff- you want that day off, you have to work Thanksgiving, etc).

When would the wedding start?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think if you had it late enough in the evening it would be fine.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My good friend/FSIL just had her wedding this past Labor Day weekend, except she had it Saturday, not Friday night.  All of her husband’s family was from out of town and she thought having it on a holiday weekend would make it easier.

She found the opposite to be the case.  Like other posters have said, several of his family members could not take Friday off because other people were taking it off, so many guests came in town late Friday night after work.  Some came in very early Saturday morning and because it was a holiday weekend, flights were more expensive.  

Since all your guests are local, you won’t have the flight issues but I think Friday night weddings in general are hard unless you have the ceremony start late, like 7pm.

Also, my friend found out, which she didn’t realize at the time she booked the wedding, that many members of her husband’s family go camping together that one weekend, and that’s the only time many of them could get together.  Yes, they should not moan about taking their one weekend to attend a one time wedding, but many of them did.  I do think many people make plans that weekend.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had a memorial day weekend wedding.  basically the important people all went to our wedding and a few had graduations and vacations planned (but I didn’t mind).  The important out-of-town guests (my husband’s family) requested a holiday weekend and I found it easier to get everyone in town that weekend, but YMMV.

 

Personally I’d prefer a Sunday wedding to a Friday wedding especially when the next monday is a holiday.  That way you can have a rehearsal on Saturday and no one in the wedding party needs to take off a day.  And everyone has their “day after” to work off the hangover.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

westgirl1208:  I hate holiday weddings. It means the holiday that I am looking forward to is ended up spent with you, not the beach. And that makes me sad. However, a Friday of Labor Day weekend in a place where you are not prone to horrible holiday traffic, could work. Especially if it was an evening wedding.  That way I could get a half day in, go to your wedding, then go to the beach. That makes me much happier. If it was a 2pm wedding, it would mean I would have to take the whole day off and that is much harder in my line of work.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I personally cannot take off any days on any of the 3 summer holidays, but I work in vacation rentals.

I know my family usually prefers not to have weddings around holidays, unless its the lesser holidays [valentines, easter, halloween]

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

westgirl1208:  I agree with PP’s that in some industries that friday is a very popular vacation day so it your guests don’t get their requests in early they may be SOL. I would def. look into a later ceremony if you are doing it on a friday. It’s  early enough in the weekend that people could still make plans to celebrate labor day and your wedding both- esp since you said no-one lives over an hour away. I would be ok taking a half day off work that friday, but not a whole day, and I’ve had previous jobs where the friday before a holiday weekend is off limits for vacation time because it’s such a busy time… 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it’s a very popular summer vacation time (the last hoo-rah of the summer), and you’ll run into some issues with people being able to get the time off, or wanting to take extra time off.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m getting married 9/5 and am not worried about people missing it bc it’s Labor Day weekend. The people that really want to be there will and thats what matters. Personally I am not a huge fan of Friday weddings as I would have to leave work early or be late to the wedding, but I wouldn’t miss someone’s wedding bc it was on a Friday. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I agree with pumpkinmuffin.  I am also having my wedding 09/04/15 friday before labor day and the family I’ve mentioned it to think it’s a great idea and no one has expressed any concerns.  We are also going to be sending out save the dates so that should help people plan accordingly.  It also gives people the option if they do have holiday plans that a saturday-monday trip would still work for them.  And if anyone is going to complain because I’m having my wedding the one labor day weekend out of their whole life and plan a trip instead well then that’s their loss. 

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