Post # 1
My FI and I (like most couples) are on a major wedding budget. We realized that we could save a lot of money by having our wedding on a Sunday- in fact, we’re renting out a trendy restaurant for the night! We think it’s going to be an awesome party- but I’ve seen some Sunday brides post that their guests left early.
Any advice on how to help keep the party going? Thanks!
Post # 3
I don’t think theres much you can do to keep the party going unfortunately.. if people need to leave because they have to be at work the next day, they are gonna leave. Nothing you can do. That said, I’ve always taken the day off after Sunday weddings.
Post # 4
I agree, you can have a super fun wedding but if people have to work early they might leave anyways. Have you thought about having it on a Friday night instead?
Post # 5
@july142013: i’m a Sunday bride also and we are ending the wedding an hour earlier than we would if it were going to be on a Saturday so that we can splurge elsewhere since we are expecting the party to end a bit earlier anyway. That way we can serve our guests a really beautiful sit-down meal with the extra that we are saving by closing the bar earlier.
To answer your question about tips to make the party last–our hotel block is literally across the street from the venue, so we hope that the lack of transportation time will keep the party going. 🙂
Post # 6
We are having a Sunday wedding too. A Friday seemed like a complete inconvenience for anyone local having to work and anyone from out of town rushing to get here. Sunday lets us have all day Saturday with our out of town guests and makes it a wedding weekend. If pp need to leave earlier it just saves a bit on alcohol! 😉 We are aiming to end around 10:15 and then go out to the bar in the hotel or one nearby for anyone still up for hanging out.
Post # 7
I’m doing a Friday night. I know I’ll have more people happy to stay well into the night on a Friday than on a Sunday. The wedding starts at 5:30 so people can still work at least part of the day. I don’t mind weeding out the people that don’t want to come because it’s an inconvenience. I know the people that truly want to be there will be there.
Post # 8
@july142013: I would agree with PP that maybe a Friday might be a better day to have your wedding? But there is nothing wrong with having a Sunday wedding especially if you are on a budget and trying to get the most bang for your buck! I have been told some people leave early anyway after dinner on a Saturday wedding depending on the age demographic of your guests. I would agree with PP to have an after party for those who are able to come! =)
Post # 9
Also a Sunday bride. Our big exit will be around 11:30pm and the party will wrap at midnight. I think that most of his family will stay until the end (they love to party..) mine will probably head out a few hours after dinner (i’d guess around 10:30pm)…
Personally I feel that our wedding ceremony is at 3:30pm, reception follows right afterward…so it’s pretty long. I probably will be grateful for the early exit!! It’s going to be a loooong day.
People love you and care about you and i’m sure they will stay as late as they can! I wouldn’t worry 🙂
Post # 10
I guess it depends if you’re a party hound! If you want dancing until all hours of the night, meybe not. But if you only want a reception that goes until 7 or 8… Go for it!
We’re doing a Saturday luncheon, and going out dancing that night!
Post # 11
We are doing a Friday night. Are friends like to party and would not be thrilled with a Sunday wedding. Plus if you do a Friday wedding you’ll have all weekend to celebrate.
Post # 12
Could you start the wedding a bit earlier instead of say 7-midnight make it 5-10pm, so it’s still an evening/party atmosphere but early enought for people to not leave early.
BTW Who are these guests who leave early for a wedding? Can’t people plan their day better, sleep-in, take a nap, rely on some coffee in the AM for a one-time-ever thing? If anyone is having a Sunday wedding in Michigan, I eat, dance, mingle no matter what the day until someone kicks me out!
Post # 13
I agree with PP. If you’re holding a Sunday wedding, I’d hold in earlier. Have you considered a lunch reception?
Post # 14
Hi Bees! My first post!
I just paid a deposit on my venue. I had a choice of Saturday or Sunday, and I chose Sunday. The reason is that September 15th is our day. We met on Sept 15th and he proposed on Sept 15th. So I wanted to keep the dates the same. It just so happens it fell on Sunday this year.
I was worried about Sunday and guest leaving early. So I was really torn. But I am happy with my decision. Ultimately, 10 years from now would I regret not having a Saturday wedding or know that I could have kept our date for our wedding but didn’t?
I am having a dinner reception and planning to have everything earlier. If people have to leave earlier that is okay. Hopefully not everyone leaves early!
Post # 15
Unfortunately there’s not much you can do, short of planning something super amazing for the end of the night (i.e fireworks show) and letting all guests know in advance thus giving them reason to stay.
Post # 16
Hello, Wedding Bees! Just an update (a bit late, sorry!)- we went through with the Sunday wedding, and it was great!! Our older guests left around 10, but the party continued until after midnight. Having a good DJ was key- for any other bride interested in a Sunday wedding, and afraid of it ending early, that’s my advice for you. Best wishes, Sunday brides!!