Post # 1
As a New Jersey couple planning a Newport, RI wedding, it’s safe to say that most of our guests will be coming from NJ/NY to share in our wedding. While we’ve narrowed down our venue selection to two sites, we’re still undecided on the date of the “BIG DAY”. Even more so, we’re still undecided on between holding a Friday daytime wedding or a Sunday daytime wedding.
We definitely want a day-time wedding so guests can enjoy the sights of the waterfront venue we choose. Friday day-time seems to be the most reasonable price-wise, which suprised me (I was thinking Sunday would be cheaper or comparable but for one venue, the site fee is $2k more for a Sunday).
At any rate, this is where I stand….Have a Friday wedding (11am ceremony, 11:30-4:30 reception, followed by a 1.5 hour sail) and my guests will either have to head to Newport Thursday evening or very early Friday morning ….OR…. Hold a Sunday morning wedding (10:30 ceremony, followed by a reception). In the case of the Friday wedding, I’m concerned for my guests who will have to take off more than 1 day from work and feel like they’re being inconvenienced more. If I hold a Sunday wedding, they can choose to take off Monday or take off right after the reception (and I really am hoping that people will stay a bit to enjoy weekend with us).
Sorry for all the babble but I’m hoping you will share your opinion, advice, and experiences with me.
Post # 3
your guests will have to take time to travel even if you do have a saturday wedding, so i voted for a sunday wedding. they can travel saturday, attend your wedding sunday, and then travel home on monday, and you can save some money!
Post # 3
I totally vote for Sunday. I work and taking time off is difficult, especially in these hard finacial times. Besides, people are always more relaxed on Sunday and it could be like a wonderful sunday brunch.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Sunday! They won’t need to take time off work that way, so more people will be able to attend. Unless you’re trying to keep your numbers down… 🙂
Post # 6
My wedding is on sunday but if yours is Out of Town then I wouldnt recommend a sunday. I think saturday would be best, unless you did it early on sunday.
Post # 7
how big is your guest list? and do you plan to stay in Newport for the weekend?
Post # 8
@msgraphics, we have about 150 on the list and that includes 10 or so people invited out of “obligation” (long-distant cousins, parents’ coworkers, etc) who we know will not attend. So, we are planning to have about 100 guests.
We like the idea of Friday because people will come and spend the weekend (hopefully) in Newport, which is a special place to us. Also, Friday will be about $2k cheaper just on the site fee for the one venue we’re considering. However, I realized that having an 11am ceremony on Friday means that either guests will be coming up (in CT traffic, yuck!) on either Thursday night or very early Friday morning.
On the other hand, a Sunday would allow guests to make their way up on Saturday and enjoy Sunday. BUT, they’ll probably be rushing out of the wedding we;ve taken 2 years to plan to head home to get ready for the work week.
Either way, I realize the day is ultimately about the two of us and I can only hope that the guests will be able to share in this moment of our lives.
Post # 9
i’m not familiar with how far newport is from the nj/ny area but since you’re starting your wedding earlier in the day, i think sunday should be fine. your guests can easily come up on saturday and hopefully have enough time to enjoy the bulk of your reception and still get home at a decent time
Post # 10
It would depend on the type of reception, but if there was drinking and dancing, I definitely wouldn’t want it on a Sunday.
Post # 11
I was all set to say Friday until I realized it’s a daytime wedding. In that case as a guest I would prefer Sunday. That way I can drive up either Friday night or Saturday then drive back Sunday after the wedding. No time off necessary.
But as a bride, 2K is a nice chunk of change to pick Friday over Sunday.
Post # 12
Just an update, we’ve decided to go with Sunday despite the additional cost. Hoping this will make the commute easier for guests and the overall experience more enjoyable for them.