Post # 1
We are getting married on a Sunday (at 5:30) and people have been saying that our guests may leave super early. Did anyone have a Sunday wedding? Did your guests stay till the end or did they leave really early?
I know my VIP’s will be staying the entire time – they all even took off work the next day – but I am starting to wonder now about everyone else….
Post # 3
I am having a Sunday wedding, but it is on Memorial Day Weekend, and anyone coming to our wedding has the following Monday off. It is also a destination wedding, so most folks will be staying a while.
If I were a regular guest at a Sunday wedding, and had to work the next day, I might leave by 9 or 10pm. I would assume older guests might leave even earlier.
Post # 4
If people are local and working the next day, they are likely going to leave earlier than they would have it were on a Satuday.
I would estimate that most local people would be gone about 9/9:30 so that they can be home and in bed to start the work week.
Of course it depends on the kind of guests you have. Do they tend to work office jobs or 2nd shift jobs so that their hours are different? Are they driving 20 minutes or 45 minutes?
Post # 5
We have a pretty mixed group of people who will be coming. We probably have 10-15 people who are from out of town. So they would most likely be staying the whole night as they will be staying at the hotel. I fully expect the older people to leave early, just as they would if it were a Friday or Saturday. Just about everyone, minus the OOT guests, will be within 30 minutes of the venue though. I hope that since they don’t have to travel far, that people will stay at least until 10ish….
Post # 6
I was just a b-maid in a Sunday wedding a week ago, and while the wedding ended at 10:30 anyways, only about 30 out of the 100 guests stayed until the end. The bride was pretty dissappointed. Just know going into it that this may happen.
Also, It might help if there’s any way you could make it a tad bit sooner in the day!
Post # 7
*raises hand*, my wedding was on a sunday. 🙂
My ceremony started at 5:30pm and the party lasted till around 11pm-ish. We did have some people leave early (I think three couples, so 6 people) since they decided not to stay in town (venue was 1-1.5 hrs away) and had to work the next day, they left around 9pm-ish. After that, people slowly trickled out after 10pm but all of our close friends stayed with us till the end and we brought the “after-party” back to our hotel suite and hung out with our closest friends till about mid-night. I had a mini-destination wedding and many folks were from OOT (had to fly in) and took Monday off so they didn’t have to worry about leaving early.
I think you have to expect that some guests will leave early, so like PP’s noted, maybe start a little earlier otherwise accept and expect that the party may end early. We planned it where we made sure to get the important stuff, like dinner, cake cutting, first dance, etc, out of the way by 9pm so that no would would miss any of that. It worked out for us.
Post # 8
We actually tried to see if they would allow us to start a little earlier (5pm), but the won’t let us. I’ll just do what UrbanGem did and make sure we schedule the important stuff by 9pm.
Post # 9
@AlmostHisWife: Our wedding will be on a Sunday. Our ceremony is at 3:30 and reception will be immediately after until about 11. If people have to leave early for work, that’s fine with us. It’ll still be a damn good party though!
Post # 10
s2bmrscook – our reception goes until 11 also. I am hoping that it’s way too much fun so that people forget about the time and don’t want to leave. 🙂
Post # 11
I may be having a Sunday wedding– it’s either that or a Saturday or Monday wedding. But it’s a year off, so that might not happen after all.
Post # 12
@AlmostHisWife: We will be having a Sunday wedding as well. Our ceremony begins at 1pm, reception to follow, and will actually end early at about 6pm.
Post # 13
@AlmostHisWife: We had a Sunday wedding and it worked out fine.
In our situation, most of the guests were going to have to travel to the wedding and take a day off work anyway so we figured Friday or Monday didn’t really make a difference.
Some people did leave early or right as things ended at 10:00 PM to but pretty much all our friends and close family stayed for the after party!
The entire day was totally perfect – we didn’t lose anything by having it on a Sunday.
Post # 14
@AlmostHisWife: One of my friends has a Sunday wedding coming up and we’ll just have to take off the following Monday. We’re only doing that because these friends are really important to us. If they were a couple we were any less close to, we’d almost certainly leave early.
Post # 15
I had a Sunday wedding and the older people left (but I think they would of left regardless of what day the wedding was on) and most everyone else stayed.
Post # 16
People can leave early on ANY day. I have been to several Friday or Saturday weddings that people left after the first dance and cake cutting…and I’ve been to a Sunday night wedding that lasted past midnight. I think it depends on a number of factors:
1) good DJ who keeps the party going. A bad DJ will kill a party…fast. As will using an iPod. I totally understand the need to save money, but the two weddings I’ve been to where the bride used an iPod instead of hiring a DJ ended up ending SUPER early–and there was almost no dancing at all. Plus, the groom had to keep leaving the bride’s side to change the song. Not ideal. Both brides were very disappointed.
2) Alcohol. This goes both ways: Too much or too little. 1) cash bars almost always clear a wedding out early. People don’t want to pay for alcohol at a wedding. I’ve been to multiple weddings that end early for this reason. 2) too much alcohol. If some of the guests get blitzed during the cocktail hour, the more conservative guests leave early…and then the drunk guests bail soon after because they’re too tired.
3) Outdoor dance floor. This seems like a great idea in theory, but it can kill a wedding quickly too. My cousin’s dancefloor was outside…and the view was BEAUTIFUL. Problem was, it got cold fast (she had heaters…but they didn’t help), and mosquitos came out! She provided insect repellant, but people bailed anyway.
So…it’s not just day of the week that might cause people to leave early. If you want to get married on a Sunday–do it!