Post # 16
We got married on a Friday. I actually wanted a Saturday but all of the venues I wanted were booked all summer and due to the amount of people in my family who have kids or are teachers, and would have a few hours drive, I decided a Friday in summer was better than Saturday another time of year. Basically, for my situation, most of my VIPs (family) would have taken Friday off regardless and made the trip a three day weekend due to their drive from another part of the state.
The ceremony was 6 pm. I would have felt weird having the ceremony earlier even though local people still probably left work early to attend. If we could have had the ceremony earlier I probably would have ended the night earlier, like at 10 pm instead of 11 pm.
What was nice for me is that I had my pick of vendors, not many were booked on Friday. We also didn’t really care about declines. Invited 200 and 150 attended, I think about ten more would have attended on a Saturday.
Post # 17
Mine will be on a Friday but that is a long 4 day weekend with two holidays here.
Post # 18
snookpower : I had a Friday wedding bc Saturdays were all booked up (like well over a year in advance and I didn’t want to wait longer to get married!). It was kind of awkward to pretty much have to have people request half the day off but in the end only our closest came out and it was a blast!!!
ETA – time was around 4/430ish
Post # 19
- Wedding: April 2016 - Ed Oliver Golf Club, Wilmington, DE
We did a Friday wedding. Our mass was at 4pm, and cocktail hour started at 6:30, reception 7:30-11:30. Some people missed mass because of work/other obligations, but we invited 140 to the wedding, and 133 attended (including some who flew in from out of town). People were excited to enjoy the rest of their weekend after the wedding. Almost everyone stayed until 11:30 and the people at the hotel after with us were partying till 3am. It was great. Honestly, I have never been to a Sunday wedding, but I wouldn’t hate that either. I love weddings though!!
Post # 20
snookpower : We had a Sunday brunch wedding and we loved it, as did our guests. Many of our vendors gave us large discounts (we didn’t even ask!!).
Post # 21
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
We’re having a Sunday wedding from 11 am – 4 pm but wouldn’t have done so in the evening. It really depends on what type of vibe you’re hoping to have. Ours is a more laid back park ceremony and restaurant lunch reception. Skipping most traditions. No announcements, introductions, dancing etc., so a DJ is unnecessary. Music will be from a playlist both in the park and at the restaurant. Guest list is small, strictly family and closest friends. As a guest I’m not thrilled with Friday weddings bc taking off a half day of work is annoying and traffic is horrible in our area. If its Sunday evening I’d be leaving very early bc of work on Monday. But as a couple you have to decide whats best for your situation. Its impossible to please everyone no matter what day or time you choose.
Post # 22
I would SO much rather attend a Friday wedding than a Sunday wedding! I wouldn’t be able to relax and enjoy if I had work the next day, plus I’d have to leave early.
Post # 23
We had a Sunday wedding and it was fine. We did an early ceremony (11AM) and had the reception immediately after. The guests were gone by 5PM and still had plenty of time to make it home and wind down before work the next day. If you choose to do a Sunday wedding, I would opt for an earlier time to give your guests plenty of time get home afterwards.
Post # 24
I had a Sunday wedding & it was wonderful but it lacked the party feel of a Saturday. Our ceremony started at 4 & everything ended by 8. We still had alcohol & plenty of dancing but about half of our 65 guests left just shortly after cutting the cake. Our venue was 1.5 hours from our town. It being Sunday & a semi destination wedding make zero difference on our guests list.
Post # 25
- Wedding: September 2017 - Highland Park Community House
I’m having a Sunday wedding. Ceremony at 4pm and reception at 5-10pm. I’m having a lot of out of town guests who are family so it won’t feel empty to me because my family loves to party!! Also the hotel block we have provides a shuttle to the hotel that’s 5 min away so my family can party the night away and not have to worry about driving back. For my local guests the venue is 1 hour away so I won’t get upset or feel bummed if they skip out after dinner and dessert. Most of the local guests are older ones from my congregation who Would have left early anyway. Im in my mid 20’s so my friends around my age will stay and party with us because we do it all the time, stay out late party and wake up for work the next day. So it depends on your crowd but I suggest a Sunday over a Friday because even if they leave early they won’t feel rushed to make it to the wedding after work or have to take the day off. Best wishes Bee
Post # 26
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
We’re having a Friday wedding because the date is a special one to us. Almost all of our guests are coming from out of the state, so they’d probably have to take off at least Friday anyway. Plus, we live close to DC, so they can take a day or two after the wedding to sightsee. 🙂
As a guest, I think I’d much prefer Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, but I personally prefer evening weddings, and I’d probably be happier/more carefree on Friday night than on Sunday afternoon/evening when I’d be thinking about work.
Post # 27
I had a Sunday wedding. For one reason only. The room I wanted was stunning and the best room in the hall. The only way to get that room was to have a guest list of 400 plus people, and we had only 250. They let me have the room despite not meeting the minimum head count if I were to have it on a Sunday. Out of the 250 invited 225 attended. Not only did they stay until the end, they ALL stayed for Venetian hour as well. I was actually surprised but very happy. It was a nighttime wedding after all!
Post # 28
We are having a Sunday wedding and so far not one person (except my mother) has commented on it to my face. Our situation is a bit unique as it will be a Destination Wedding for all of the guests to varying degrees, i.e. the ‘local’ guests will have to travel for minimum 3 hours, but a lot of guests will be flying in from overseas so the day doesn’t really make a difference to them at all. Therefore I’m not really worried about people leaving early, because everyone who attends will have to stay overnight in the area and take at least the Monday off work. Our venue had a minimum $12,000 charge for JUST food and drink (before tax) on Saturdays so no regrets! If people don’t want to come because of the day that’s fine with me too, helps cut costs a bit! 😉
Post # 29
- Wedding: May 2017 - Northern Territory, Australia
I think you should go with what ever day suits you the best. The guests that want to come will be there.
We’re having a Thursday wedding in May. Most of our guests are interstate so were going to come up for a week anyway and all of our local guests love the excuse for an extra long weekend. Those that can’t do it/don’t want to do it wont.
Post # 30
We had a Sunday wedding and loved the relaxed feel to it, however I think it may have been better if Monday had been a holiday as some people did leave earlier than I would’ve liked, but close friends and family stayed until the end and to be honest I was too busy dancing my feet off.