(Closed) A Friday Wedding????? Help!!

posted 12 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’re having a Friday wedding, and we actually had a choice btw Friday and Saturday.  Friday weddings are usually cheaper, not just for the venue but also for vendors.  Beyond that, we love the idea of people making a "weekend" of our wedding.  People are able to party hard Friday night, recover Saturday morning and then still have Sunday to either tour the area or return home.  We’re also planning on having a Saturday brunch for everyone, which will give us an opportunity to hang out with everyone on a more casual basis.  We’re not leaving for our honeymoon until Sunday.

The only possible problem is for people who are flying in from out of town.  They will have to take Friday off, but I don’t think most people will mind, especially if you have a lot of activities planned for the weekend.

Post # 4
114 posts
Blushing bee

We are having a Friday wedding too.  We purposefully chose Friday so that we could have a 3 day wedding weekend with all of our family & friends.  We have lots of events planned for the 3 days.

We sent STD’s early on so people knew it was a Friday way in advance; I think that helped.  And the feedback has been nothing but positive, people are looking forward to taking a day off work and to all the festivities.  We’re having our wedding in a popular vacation town and a lot of guests are extending their stay to take advantage of that aspect too.

Good luck with your wedding planning & have fun!

Post # 5
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

the only issue I would see is for out-of-towners. a lot of family may be driving up THAT day and a lot of people have to work.

Where are you having the wedding? I live in LA and a 6 o’clock friday night wedding would just not work because of traffic, no one would be able to get there! (stupid traffic… )

Post # 7
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I’m having a Friday wedding as well, during the day, probably. Friday is not too bad if your wedding is not going to be an all day event — family and attendants will usually have to take off of time from work, and even people who are driving from a couple of hours away could still do a half-day at work if your weddings’ at six. Just make sure people know well in advance.

Post # 8
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m doing a Friday wedding in August. Since it’s the summer and 90% of our guests are out of town, I’ve encouraged people to look at this as an ‘extended vacation’. We’ve planned festivities throughout the week and weekend.

Plus, my chances of getting my vendors went way up by choosing a Friday.

Post # 9
378 posts
Helper bee

We’re also doing a Friday wedding in August. Since most people are out of towners, they’re making it into a vacation, and it still allows them to leave on Saturday or Sunday to travel back. And we’ve gotten a discount on DJ, flowers and cake with it!

Post # 10
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I think a Friday evening wedding is definitely doable; just a note, though, to be mindful and understanding of the fact that not everyone has vacation time to use for your wedding.  I say this because Mr. Cupcake and I had two Friday weddings to attend within a month of each other last fall, and we both had to take a whole vacation day for one (a 2:30 ceremony far away from a majority of the couple’s friends and family) and a 1/2 day for the other.  In his industry vacation time is just not as available as a lot of people, so this was not all that easy for us. I’m not saying your wedding is not important enough for people to take the time off, but just be prepared for some guests not being able to swing it (or possibly missing your ceremony). 

PS- I went to school in Delaware…. yay for a tax-free wedding! 

Post # 11
9 posts
  • Wedding: October 2007

We had a Friday evening wedding in October.  And all of our closest family and friends were able to put it in their schedule. If the people that matter want to be there, they’ll make time for it.  In turn, we tried to make it a little later (7pm) to allow for people to get through any traffic that they might come into contact with. 

We  also heard a lot of positive feedback from the guests based on our calendar choice…because they all were able to sleep in the next day AND they still had their entire weekend left to enjoy…and the out-of-towners made it a fun weekend in Portland, OR!  For us, it was a lot cheaper too!  TOTALLY doable! 

Think of how many Saturdays are wedding Saturdays. It’s refreshing to change things up a bit 🙂

Post # 12
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Ditto cupcake on the issue of vacation.  I can usually get time off when I need it, but it really depends on what’s going on at work – there are times when it is quite difficult.  And my Fiance is a contractor – so he simply doesn’t get paid when he takes a day off.  However, almost whenever you schedule your wedding you are going to find that there are some folks who have other things going on and just can’t make it.  I wouldn’t worry too much about it.  For locals, a Friday evening wedding shouldn’t be too difficult.  And if their work schedule doesn’t allow them to get there for the ceremony, they can still make it to the reception!  Our wedding is on a Saturday afternoon, and we are actually finding that most of our out-of-towners are traveling Friday morning anyway, and making a long weekend of it.  So apparently getting a day off work was not a problem for most of them!

Post # 13
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

My wedding will be on a Tuesday (because we for sure wanted it on June 17, since the day we met), and people think we’re crazy. They say that a weekend (Friday-Sunday) wedding is more practical because more people would be able to come.

Post # 14
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think a Friday night wedding is fine, although I would take a look at who your guests are and where they are coming from. I am going to Friday wedding late in the summer, but most of the people going are local and will just be going after work, so it’s max an hour drive for them  (although not for me). Do what you think is best, especially since you know your guests.

Post # 15
236 posts
Helper bee

A Friday is fine.  I would move it to 6:30 instead of 6 so that fewer people need to leave work early.  The less people feel rushed getting ready for the wedding the more relaxed they wll be and the more they wil enjoy themselves.

Post # 16
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

i think this is a fine idea! you’ll probably save some money here and there and like those mentioned above, the most important people in your life will no doubt be there.

it wont work for everyone, but no day works for everyone. as long as you are prepared for that, then everything should work well!

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