Post # 1
When I started planning, I automatically thought of looking at dates on Saturdays. But now that I am venue shopping, I see that I could save a decent amount of money by holding my wedding on a Sunday!
Just a bit of background – I am planning on having a small wedding (75-150) and we do want to have a DJ and bar. I am thinking that because we are wanting to have a DJ and drinks at our wedding, we really do need to have it held on a Saturday buuuut… I COULD SAVE SO MUCH ON A VENUE!
What are your thoughts on it? As a guest would you care if it were held on a Sunday?
Post # 3
@CallMeMrsG: The decision to have a DJ and drinks on a Sunday would only be an issue for your religious guests, and likely only some of them. Do you have a fair number of guests who might be offended by drinking or dancing on a Sunday? Guests who live locally to the wedding may not drink much or stay late as they would likely have to work the next day.
Many people end up having to take at least one day off work even when the wedding is on a Saturday, unless the wedding is local to where they live. Whether they take Friday or Monday off shouldn’t make a great deal of difference.
Post # 4
@CallMeMrsG: A Sunday wedding will have a different vibe than a Saturday wedding. People will generally want to drink less and go home earlier on a Sunday than on a Saturday. It all depends on the kind of atmosphere you want.
Also, consider if many of your guests are 9-5ers who are traveling. They might not be able to attend a Sunday evening wedding because they won’t have time to get back to work on Monday morning.
Personally, I would love to go to a Sunday brunch wedding. Daytime weddings are so lovely and elegant! That might be an option for you to consider.
Post # 5
@CallMeMrsG: If a lot of your guests are local, chances are they’ll be leaving your Sunday reception early. I know that I wouldn’t be dancing and drinking late on a Sunday. I’d need to be home at 11pm at the latest.
If it’s a destination wedding for most people, then I agree that taking the Friday or Monday off won’t make a huge difference, but many people would prefer to take the Friday. My FI, for example, would never take a Monday off of work (unless it’s a holiday Monday), but often takes half days on Fridays.
Post # 6
@merpitymerp: i was going to resond but you pretty much said exactly what I was going to say!
ETA: I had a big partying wedding in a Sunday, but it was before Labor Day so people didn’t have to work the next day, which worked out perfectly for us, especially because we had so many OOT guests!
Post # 7
sunday weddings are actually becoming quite standard because of the sky rocketing price of weddings. One person asked why we weren’t having a saturday wedding and I told them because the venue charges double for a saturday. Of course they were shocked and had no idea this stuff goes on inside the wedding world nowadays, and went on to say it was something like highway robbery to charge double for a certain day. People understand reasoning for these types of things, especially since it was reported the average wedding cost last year is now $27,000.
Post # 8
My wedding is on the lower end of yours. We picked a Sunday date because it was much cheaper (and most of the Saturdays in the month we desired were booked). We are having a destination wedding so people have to take time off anyway. I don’t think people mind Sunday weddings unless they are religious or have to travel far. People will probably drink less and your reception will probably end earlier, but if the cost savings are great enough, why not?
Post # 9
@CallMeMrsG: There’s a reason why it’s cheaper…people don’t like Sunday weddings! Unless you’re doing a brunch or lunch, I wouldn’t do it. We received an invitation for a Sunday wedding that’s out of town, and automatically nixed it. Don’t forget any guests that have to travel far may not be too keen on taking off from work just for your wedding.
Post # 10
We’re having a Sunday wedding, but ours is a morning ceremony at 11:00 followed by a brunch/luncheon reception. We are opening the bar and dance floor, just in case our guests feel like using it. It’s perfect for us because we’re not big partiers and our guest list is essentially family only with only our closest friends. The average age will be 50+ so a late night party didn’t make a lot of sense for us. Our guests will be home for dinner! We haven’t gotten any grief from the people we told so far. In fact, most people seem to think it’s kind of neat. Plus having a Sunday brunch saved thousands on our venue! If it’s the right fit for you, I say do it!
Post # 11
Ours is on a Sunday! I plan on starting at 2, so it goes from 3-4 cocktail hour, and then 4-8 reception. I figure most people need to leave early, and it’ll be fall so it gets dark early. I believe dinner is served at 4:30.
Post # 12
That’s exactly why I had a Sunday wedding. It saves you so much! Don’t worry, those who truly want to be there for you will be…regardless.
Post # 13
@smarie13: We chose a Sunday too, and the total minus the dress, limo, & invites was $22,000. My venue was $139 on Saturday & $99 on Sunday!
Post # 14
We’re having a Sunday wedding on a holiday weekend. Would any of your venues still be cheaper on a Sunday of a holiday weekend (President’s Day, MLK, Memorial Day, even 4th of July)?
Post # 15
I don’t mind a Sunday wedding if its in the morning or early afternoon, but an evening on a sunday is a PITA for guests, especially if anyone has to travel. I have a wedding this year on a sunday and I was shocked when i saw it was at 6pm. I have at least 4 hours to travel to get there and am not sure I can make it. As much as I’d love to be there, I just can’t commit to taking a day off of work for a wedding since I get limited vacation time. If I do attend, I’ll basically be leaving right after dinner to travel back and even then, I won’t get home until much later than I am comfortable with. I beg to differ with those who say that people won’t mind and if they really want to be there, they will. Not everyone has flexibility in their schedule to accomodate taking days off of work for a wedding. Again, I don’t mind Sunday weddings but I would consider doing a brunch or lunch wedding instead if you are set on saving the money by having it on a sunday.
Post # 16
@CallMeMrsG: We’re doing a Sunday wedding but it will be a brunch reception and we have let everyone know the time it will be over so they can make travel plans. With our venue, the Saturday evening minumum was outrageous so we had to choose between Friday or Sunday brunch. We chose Sunday as no one would have to miss work or be inconvenienced with travel plans. We have saved quite a bit on our vendor costs, too, which is nice!!