Post # 1
Considering doing an off peak day to get married on. We will be married June/July 2018 at the height of wedding season and are considering doing a Friday or Sunday wedding in order to save/to ensure we get a date during our preferred season. For those of you who threw one how was it? For those of you who have attended what were the pros/cons? Is it worth the money for a “Saturday” wedding?
Post # 2
I had a friday night wedding and it was fantastic my ceremony wasn’t until 6:30 in the evening so just about everyone made it out in time… Cocktail hour was 7 PM all of my guest were present at that time some missed the ceremony due to the friday night traffic but thats ok… But i wouldn’t have changed it for the world everyone had a good time and slept in saturday morning..
Now if it were a Sunday wedding people would have to go to work the next day personally i wouldn’t ever do a Sunday wedding unless it was for a brunch which can be really early but i always prefer an evening wedding its more fun… Sunday weddings are less dancing less alive in my experience when its a brunch wedding and a lot of people tend to leave early on Sundays so definitely take that into consideration for a Sunday wedding…
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
As a guest, I would much prefer a Sunday wedding than a Friday wedding. Friday weddings are difficult because I basically have to take off of work to attend. I can take a half day, but the one time I did I was so rushed and crazy trying to get there and half way through I was exhausted. My friend who had a Friday wedding said that she had a lot of people who complained about taking off from work or not being able to attend.
My only issue with a Sunday wedding is that I would like to leave by 9pm the latest. I think a Sunday day time wedding would be lovely. I considered it for myself, but was unable to have the ceremony at my church on a Sunday due to the mass schedule, so we are having a typical Saturday wedding.
I once attended a Thursday wedding which required me to take 2 days off from work because it was two hours away from me. That was a bit ridiculous in my opinion.
Post # 4
I had my wedding on a Friday and like PP, my ceremony started a little later in the evening (either 6 or 6:30- can’t remember, it’s been a few years!!) but it was fairly small, 65 people. We checked with our VIPs (parents/immediate family/wedding party) that it wouldn’t be a problem. We knew most people were local and the venue was not a far drive. Also, the people who were traveling will comfortable taking an extra day off work if needed. I did have one guest fly in Friday morning and then fly back out Saturday morning because of work conflicts. I am also a teacher and it was during the summer. Most of my friends are also teachers so the summer break made it a little easier. I definitely recommend a later start time for a Friday wedding. Also for the rehearsal the day before, I made sure that we scheduled it later in the evening so work would not be a problem and also made it clear to everyone that if they couldn’t attend the rehearsal due to work, it would be ok.
Post # 5
as a guest: order saturday, sunday, friday.
expect guests to leave early for a nighttime sunday wedding, unless the next day is a federal holiday.
fridays are harder, people may have to take 1-2 days off to travel depending where they are coming from. local would need to take at least half a day to get ready.
i have been invited to one friday wedding. i like to show up 1/2 hour early of the stated time on the invitation to make sure i have plenty of time to mingle for a few minutes and find a seat before the ceremony. the bride put the time she wanted everyone to be there, not the start time. so i was there 90 minutes earlier than i needed to be. i had to take 2 hours more leave than neccessary.
Post # 6
I would prefer Friday over Sunday as a guest! I’d definitely say a little later in th evening though. My cousin’s wedding was at 5:30 and I missed her walking down the aisle due to having to work that day, getting ready, traffic, etc. Even if it came down to either taking work off that Friday or taking off Monday to recoup from a Sunday wedding, I’d still rather take off Friday. Something about Sundays are kinda eh to me. But if you didn’t have a choice because it was all that was available, I’d say go for it if you don’t mind it!
Post # 7
We did a friday wedding and it actually kind of workout out because we were also during peak season and a lot of people would have had conflicts with other weddings on the saturday date
We didnt save any money though, around here friday/saturday weddings are about the same.
I would much rather go to a Friday Wedding vs a Sunday wedding, if you want a party atmosphere, throw a Friday wedding.
Post # 8
Loved our Friday wedding and so did our guests. I also went to a Sunday wedding and that was great as well.
Post # 9
I had a Sunday wedding and it was amazing. It wasn’t a “typical” wedding though in the sense that it was at my home and we didn’t have an evening dance. We had the ceremony at noon so I still had all morning to get ready. I did my own makeup and my sister did my hair, so I didn’t need the time to go to salons.
Everyone stayed at the house for a little lunch reception until about 3. It was gorgeous and sunny (this was on 1/1/17) then went home to rest. I had a little nap in my bedroom. Then we went to a restaurant for dinner where we cut the cake and everything was done by 8p.m. Some people had to fly the next day and my husband and I went to a hotel for the night so had some time to rest and relax. Even though it was a small wedding, it was still very tiring! (that surprised me).
The fact that it was Sunday also made it feel special, there always something about Sundays right?
I wouldn’t change a thing, and it worked perfectly for what we wanted, but I’m not sure how it would work with a typical dance/reception going until past midnight.
Post # 10
We loved our Friday wedding and so did our guests! Our ceremony wasn’t until 6:30 which gave the few local guests we had a little bit of time after work but most of our guests were from out of town and took a few days off to attend. And our out of town guests took the rest of the weekend to do some fun stuff in Colorado.
I’ve also attended Friday weddings and always have fun. I don’t mind taking an afternoon off of work to attend a wedding.
And I would love to attend a Sunday brunch wedding!
Post # 11
Is your wedding a party or a more mellow affair? Nobody will get down on a Sunday night, but more people will be available since you don’t have to leave the office to get there.
Post # 12
I have been to numerous Fri, Sat and Sun weddings. Here is what I have noticed:
Fridays, many, like at least 1/3 of guests, did not attend afternoon or early evening ceremonies. However, many people just came to the reception.
Saturday, always the best day for everyone. People can let loose, drink, dance and stay out late.
Sunday evening, many people leave right after dinner. So if you saved X amount of money for your DJ for example, everyone wouldn’t be staying to enjoy it. So at the end, are you really saving that much? I think if you opt for SUnday, do it as a brunch or lunch event.
Post # 13
To me it’s not worth it. If Saturday was to pricey, I would compromise by choosing a different venue or another time of year.
Post # 14
Friday wedding is much better than a Sunday wedding. Every Sunday wedding I’ve been to guests have left by 9pm. They sucked.
Post # 15
- Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club
hi there fellow bee!! We got married on a Friday in June 2015. Everyone but 2 people attended the wedding. We had people fly in to the wedding. The ceremony was around 3:30 i think, then a cocktail hour, and reception followed after. Guests stayed til like 10:30, 11pm.
it was nice 🙂