Maybe I am over analyzing- venue/date advice please??

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant

I am having a Saturday wedding but I wanted a Friday for the following reasons. 

  • Cheaper
  • Less competition for vendors
  • People still don’t have to work the next day so they will party
  • It might weed some people out of the guest list that don’t want to take off work to travel – which I see as a good thing
  • Most people will probably stay until Sunday so you can enjoy your friends and family all weekend (after wedding stress is over) instead of having them all take off the next day

The only con I see is that it might be a teeny bit more of a hassle for your guests to take off an extra day of work.  Also one or two unsolicited questions from people who hate anything not completely traditional. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My cousin had a Friday wedding, and it was nice, but it was REALLY hard to get there on time! Her ceremony started at 6:30 or something, but rush hour traffic was still bad. We left extra early and still barely made it. For people who live far away, it also means taking a day off of work.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

annb9:  That would be my only hesitation on having a Friday evening wedding but if your VIPs can definitely get there on time then it’s a great option.  Be prepared for some guests to miss the ceremony if it’s starts too early though.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Is there a sat avail on another date? Or is Friday the only option?

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My wedding is next Friday! For us, it saved us over a thousand dollars so it was worth it. We also are not taking a honeymoon right away so it will be nice to have the rest of the weekend to ourselves. I realize that people will have to take time off of work (leave early or whatever) to get there but a lot of people we know work weekends too so it just made sense for us. The ceremony starts at 5:30 and then cocktail hour from 6-7 while we do pictures. People have had plenty of time to plan to take the time off to get there on time. If they do not have the option to take time off and are late, then it is what it is. I probably will be too busy to notice anyway.

Another poster mentioned weeding out people, definitely a fair point and something that I had considered as well. If people really want to be there, they will be. If they can’t be because circumstances don’t allow, then I’m sorry for them, but I knew going in that there would be very few people that had issues with it.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Really, it is about attendance.  If you are okay with lower attendance at your wedding, then go for it.  Even people you see as VIPs (best friends, family) may not be able to take off a day.   Most jobs have a limited amount of time off, and even asking a day can be a trial.  Everyone flying will need to ask off two days. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

We were contemplating a Friday or Sunday when we realized Saturday was so much more expensive.  

Friday – Pros:  It’s Friday!  Party time!  Depending on your crowd, it could be jumpin’ because no work Saturday!  Less competition with vendors and venues, so the prices are usually substantially less.

Friday – Cons:  People will really have to rush to get to your wedding after work.  If you have out of town guests, they will probably have to take Friday off and possible Thursday too.  We went to a Friday night wedding, and we had to take Thursday and Friday off… and it was in a different state.  As for party atmosphere, not really.  The crowd seemed really low energy.

I guess the take home is that you can have a fun wedding any night of the week… and a lot depends on your guest list and who can make it.  

 

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