Bees that got married on a Friday/Sunday how was it?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 31
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Bumble bee

I had a Sunday wedding and it was perfect!  We had a 5pm ceremony followed by cocktail hour and dinner.  We didn’t expect a lot of dancing or a late night from our guests, but it still went until about 11:30 p.m.  It was summer and people are sooo busy….we actually heard from a lot of people that Sunday was better for them!

Post # 32
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Sugar bee

If I was local, I would be ok with a Friday evening wedding or a Sunday brunch wedding. I hate traveling all day Friday, attending a wedding, and then driving back on Saturday. We did that for my husband’s cousin’s wedding. He didn’t want to be away from our dog who was staying away for the first time, so we rushed back. I hate taking time off to attend someone’s wedding. 

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Combermere Abbey

We are having a Sunday wedding. All the Saturdays were taken at my dream venue. But it didn’t matter. We are having a 4pm ceremony, dinner at 6pm then dancing from 8pm until venue closes at 12.30 which suits me fine. All our friends are in their 20s and have the entire week following our wedding off anyway because of where they are in their training (one profession) and if not they have taken the Monday off anyway. They are the party type who would have no qualms using some of their annual leave up anyway. 

The older folks may leave but they would have done so no matter what.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

snookpower :  I had a Sunday wedding and I loved it. We had the venue from 10-10, with the ceremony at 4:30 and reception from 5-9 and an hour to clean up and vacate. There was plenty of time to dance, we saved on booze because people aren’t going to drink too heavily with work on Monday morning, we weren’t forced to entertain well into the evening…Darling Husband and I were in the hotel by 10, and not completely worn down so we could enjoy one another, and the King sized suite with a giant Jacuzzi tub.

 

The only advice I have is to do as many portraits before the ceremony as possible so you and your wedding party can enjoy the reception for the full time.

Post # 35
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Busy bee

snookpower :  This really depends on the kind of wedding you want. Do you want a big party/ late night/ drinking = Friday (make it as late as possible so people dont have to take off work)

Do you want something casual, less or no alcohol, etc. = Sunday (I would have a brunch wedding as well because people will leave early to get ready for work).

But, my personal opinion, I am annoyed anytime I have to take off work for someone’e wedding (unless I am in the wedding party / a very best friend). I attend about 5-10 weddings a year depending on the year, and this would take alll of my vacation if I had to take days off.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Our private ceremony was a Monday and was easy as. But our first reception was on a Sunday. Unfortunately it didn’t save me any money :/ but it was very straightforward. I worried guests would decline or leave early, but all invited showed up, and a few left before midnight but I totally understood as we were 1.5 hour from our main city. I wouldn’t think twice about choosing another day!!

Post # 37
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had a Friday wedding. 130 people came out of 150 invited. 90% of the guests were from out of state, so we thought a Friday would be nice so they could make it a long weekend and explore the area (which most of them did). We let people know about the date a year in advance so they could plan accordingly. I know it was probably inconvenient that people had to take a day off of work, but we got a lot of positive responses. People said they enjoyed not feeling rushed to have to fly back home the next day and could really enjoy the weekend away. Wedding was at 5:30, so some people who lived within a couple hours took just a half day. We loved having the rest of the weekend to spend with the guests.

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