Worried that my Sunday Wedding will result in lots of no shows

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m having a Sunday as well. Just plan on starting earlier! We are starting at 2, so the reception ends by 8. No one should need to leave early!!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@maddy41:  Have you talked to the people closest to you? If all your closest family/friends are ok with it, you’ll be fine. It’s no big deal if that cousin you hardly ever see can’t make the effort.

Also if it’s like Australia: most people who work public holidays are shift or casual workers who are able to request the day off, or organise a swap.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@maddy41:  I wouldn’t stress too much. I know that the Sunday wedding I attended didn’t have a public holiday on the Monday so we left early… If there is a holiday on the Monday I wouldn’t stress. Chat to your guests, see if anyone is working the next day. Be prepared to maybe have some people leaving early if they are working the next day but as it’s a long weekend, I wouldn’t stress. We had our wedding on a Saturday with a lot of out of town guests but because the day before was a public holiday it worked well. Everyone travelled down the Friday and many drove back on the Sunday.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m having a Sunday wedding & I was worried about guests not coming but the rsvp’s are proving me wrong. It helps that it’s easter half term too. I really hope people stay but if not it’s okay. My hubby & I will be drinking champange & celebrating regardless. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I’d come and depending on how close we were I would book time off if needed.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Have you sent out STD’s?  I only ask because if it’s a long weekend people may be making plans to go on vacation.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We had a Sunday wedding and I don’t think it stopped anyone – even out of towners – from attending! It did make the next day a little more low key than it might have been though, since people had to get back for work, etc. Since you have a long weekend, don’t sweat it!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I had a Sunday wedding on a sort of non-holiday weekend (Sunday before Christmas but most people didn’t have Monday the 23rd off) and we did not have any no shows for that reason. People who left early did so because they had kids. Ours was almost all local people too so as long as your 6 travelers have overnight plans I think you’re fine, especially since most have Monday off work. 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t get many holidays off, so I would probably have to work on that Monday so I’d have to leave early. If most of your guests are in town, I wouldn’t worry too much about a high decline rate (unless people are planning vacations for that long weekend).

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

If it is a holiday weekend I wouldn’t be too worried. My first wedding I had on a sunday Memorial Day weekend, and had most everyone show up.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

DEFINITELY send out STDs, in that case.  If Monday is a holiday, it shouldn’t be a problem.  I’ve been to several Sunday weddings for the same reason.

Our wedding is a FRIDAY towards the end of the year (November).  I’m sending out STD’s and making sure people know what day of the week it is so they can make sure to TAKE OFF WORK!!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

We’re on the Sunday night, of a 3-day holiday weekend, too. We sent out the StDs 10 months out. The website had already been set-up, with room blocks at 4 hotels, and lots of other information. We planned to have it on a holiday weekend, since both sides have to travel (1.5 vs. 3.5 hours). The bridal party will have to arrive on a Saturday, for the rehearsal. We didn’t think that 2 nights in a hotel would be too much, for the bridal party, since we’re not doing bachelor/bachelorette parties, and the maids don’t have to pay for a shower.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We got married on Sunday of a holiday weekend and pretty much everyone showed up.  One couple was out of the country due to an illness, and one of his friends would have flaked no matter when it was. 

130 is a lot more people than we had, but I wouldn’t sweat it.  Our family stayed as late as they would have any weekend night, and our friends all partied with us ’till 3am. 

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