Post # 1
Is having a wedding on a Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a good or bad idea? Would local and OOT guests be more likely to attend since the following Monday is a holiday (at least for some guests)?
Also, are flights out during this weekend typically much higher because it is a holiday weekend? I am also worried that guests may think it is rude to go to a wedding during the winter months since 40-50% will be OOT guests flying in from the East Coast (groom’s side) to California. I am concerned about airport delays due to weather-related issues. We are having an outdoor ceremony at 2:30. Weather is pretty much nice year round in Southern California so an outdoor ceremony should not be an issue during January (I think?) The reception will follow at the same venue and run until 8:30 or 9.
I keep going back and forth on a Saturday versus Sunday date – and I think this may be a good compromise. We are having a DJ, photobooth, cocktail hour – so I’m hoping for a similar party vibe as a Saturday evening, but with a significant savings because it’s a Sunday on a holiday weekend. Do most people have family obligations/plans over this particular holiday?
Both brides and guests who have attended MLK weekend weddings please let me know your experiences:)
Thanks so much everyone for your advice!
Post # 3
Id be way happier about MLK day than say Memorial or Labor day. I dont know of anyone who is jonesing all year for their MLK day plans so I say go for it!
Its also nice your doing Sunday. Irks me when people do Saturday weddings on holiday weekends because its right smack in the middle of the time off! In your case people could still do things with family/friends Friday/Saturday then to the wedding for Sunday. Sounds like a great weekend to me!
Post # 4
@bonbonsparklesMD: I would be fine with it, because I am a teacher and I always have MLK day off. However, a lot of people do not. For example, my FI wouldn’t have it off.
I do always think it is wayyy nicer to have a wedding on a Saturday, and that ppl might leave early on a Sunday due to work the next day.
Post # 5
@bonbonsparklesMD: I would go, but I wouldn’t be getting my party on like it was Saturday….you can’t expect a Saturday kind of party on a Sunday…its Sunday. And I know a lot of people get MLK Day off…but a lot of them don’t, so I wouldn’t expect everyone to be living it up like its a three day weekend.
You do what you want, I know Sunday weddings save a lot of cash, your guests are going to do what they need to do in order to celebrate your day AND get on with living life, which for the working world, might include MLK Day.
Post # 6
I’d do it on Labor Day or Memorial Day Sunday. Those almost everybody gets off. I feel like only about half of people get off for MLK Day. I do, but my husband doesn’t. My office mate does, her husband doesn’t. My best friend’s husband does but she doesn’t…
I did Labor Day Sunday and it was great! We had a ton of OOT guests, so it was easier on them to do it on a long weekend so they didn’t have to rush quite so much to get there and back.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for your advice! I want to push it back to January 2015. We just started to discuss setting a date a week ago. Originally we wanted a November 2014 date, but that would give us about 8 months to plan. And January would allow us about 10 months to plan and save:)
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I wouldn’t be turned off by the Sunday thing, but I would think twice about flying from the East Coast in January. A few years ago I got stuck in Cali on a bbusiness trip because it snowed so bad here at home that the airport was closed for days. Fortunately I was on work travel, so it was their $$ to pay for 3 extra hotel nights, extra food money, and I was obviously automatically approved for missing work on those days. But if I had been on personal travel, I would have been facing an unhappy employer for taking unscheduled leave and be out an unexpected $600ish on top of the costs I had already planned for. For that reason I would probably decline any winter weddings that require plane travel.