Post # 1
So my fiance and I are trying to pick our date. Friday and Saturday costs for the venue are basically the same, but then we got to thinking about the cost of other vendors – specifically photographers and DJs. Might any of you guys have any insight on whether these vendors would be less expensive on a Friday vs. a Saturday?
Post # 3
It wouldn’t hurt to ask them. I remember asking a photographer if he gave discounts for fridays, he said no since fridays are busy for him. It just depends on the company and if they have alot of business
Post # 4
A lot of vendors will give discounts for Fridays, but keep in mind if you have a lot of OOT guests, Fridays are a bit inconvenient. It definitely doesn’t hurt to ask the vendors, though!
Post # 5
We were married on a Friday. The only place that we saved by opting for a Friday as opposed to a Saturday was with the venue and that wasn’t even really much of a savings. The prices were the same but they required a higher minimum (both $$ and guest count) for Saturday events. Every other vendor would have been the same regardless of day (well, unless it was like a Tuesday or something). Friday weddings are becoming more and more popular so it seems like wedding vendors aren’t being quite so generous with their rates anymore.
Post # 6
One thing I’m not worried about is inconveniencing the guests. If they want to be there, they’ll make it happen. If they don’t want to be there, so be it. I definitely don’t want to add to my already high level of stress by worrying about other people’s schedule! 🙂
Post # 7
I know many of our vendors offered a Friday discount, though the biggest savings would have been in our reception venue.
Post # 8
@kztlwedding: Don’t stress about choosing a Friday. We didn’t have a SINGLE complaint about ours and everyone had an incredible time. You’ll hear all sorts of “If you choose a Friday you’ll annoy your guests, people will be late, they’ll have to take time off of work, blah blah blah” but you’re right. If they want to be there, they’ll make it.
To be completely honest, I like Friday weddings MUCH more than Saturday weddings. A Friday wedding is a great kick off to the weekend (and you have plenty of time to recover if you party too hard). Saturday weddings generally monopolize your guests entire day (which could also be annoying for those attending) and then you’re left with only one day to enjoy before heading back to work. Obviously everyone will have their own opinion on the matter but I find myself to be considerably more excited about receiving Friday wedding invitations than I do Saturday ones.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
@kztlwedding: I have to disagree with “If they want to be there, they’ll make it happen. If they don’t want to be there, so be it.”
Please keep in mind that not everyone has a flexible employer-I used to be in new home sales, where I worked every weekend, had to give over a month’s notice, and could have my vacation trumped by a more senior staff member or a sales event. One of my MOH’s husbands has to plan out his vacation at the beginning of the year, and is having to trade shifts with someone else- same with a friend who’s a nurse, and another who’s a retail sales manager. We’re having a Friday wedding, so I’m aware that this might keep some guests from being *able* to attend- not that they don’t want to, but they’re not going to quit their jobs to attend our wedding.
Anyway- to your question- it can’t hurt to ask about Friday discounts. October’s a popular month for weddings, and DJs could be booked for high school homecomings, etc. I found that you could negotiate at least 10% with most vendors, regardless of the date.
Post # 10
@rebwana: I guess I should have clarified – I know that our families will be able to be there, so we’d be happy even if no one else came at all. If people can’t come, they can’t come.