Post # 1
What do you think?!
We had some issues with the venue we originally picked, but re-evaluating our whole wedding plans and wants, we decided to go with a place we LOVED and ADORED and cutting our guest list rather than having to go cheap to accomodate more people! So we figured, why not spend the extra on people that REALLY matter! =]
So our original date was November 5, 2011, and luckily we hadn’t announced it nor sent our Save the Dates like we had wanted to!
I called our *NEW* venue and they have the following November 2011 dates available:
November 13th, November 20th and November 27th!
Yep, all Sundays! The discount was too amazing to pass up!
BUT was thinking what if we did a November 25, 2011 “Black Friday” evening!
I am trying to gather all the pros and cons we can think of for doing it the day after Thanksgiving and also on a Friday.
Traffic? Some people might still have to work the day after? Holiday Travels? Holiday Travel Cost?
Would you do this ladies?!!? or is it cutting it too close to the holidays?!and too big of a risk with the holidays?!?!
SIDE NOTE: We only have about 4 small families/couples coming from out of town to join us, but figured it might encourage some visitng with the families around Thanksgiving!
SHOULD I STICK WITH A SUNDAY DATE or TAKE THE RISK WITH BLACK FRIDAY?
Post # 3
@CupCakeMeg: Hmm…it depends. I don’t think I would want to go to a Black Friday wedding ONLY because I’m a shopper and have been out on Black Friday every year since I was 16. I shop until 5pm some years so having to get up at 4am to hit sales and worry about a wedding later wouldn’t be okay with me.
Post # 4
I like the “Black Friday” date. I think it is also a great time to get families together. Those that are coming from oot will like the idea of being able to spend the holiday with family and attend the wedding all in one trip.
Post # 5
I don’t know how many guests would be coming from Out of Town, but keep in mind that it can be insanely expensive to fly around Thanksgiving. Fiance never spends Thanksgiving with his parents for this reason; we can drive to my family’s, so it’s not as big a deal.
Maybe put a poll in your post?
ETA: just saw that you said it was 4 families. Guess it depends on who those families are and if you would be fine with them maybe having to miss out.
Post # 6
I like the Black Friday date. It is unique and fun (and certainly easy to remember!) I say keep it!
Post # 8
I admit that I’d be pretty annoyed because I like to go shopping on Black Friday!
Post # 9
You might have trouble with people being able to get to your wedding if they are traveling elsewhere for Thanksgiving. If you don’t think most of your guests will be traveling out of town and would be able to make it…I think it’s a great day since most people are already off. I wouldn’t worry that much about shoppers…I’d rather go to a wedding than go shopping. But I wouldn’t ask my friends and family to give up their Thanksgiving plans to come to my wedding.
Post # 10
Good or Bad I want to hear it!!! =]
Post # 11
@CupCakeMeg: I don’t think this is a good idea. It’s too close to the holiday and people like to spend time with their family. Please try earlier that month and save yourself all of the nagging phone calls.
Post # 12
Anyone else have their input?!?!
Post # 13
I wouldn’t go to a wedding the day after Thanksgiving unless I was REALLY close with the couple getting married. Our family travels to see us on Thanksgiving and we have multiple get togethers that weekend. If the wedding was out of town, I wouldn’t go because traveling is a nightmare around Thanksgiving (expensive if you fly, lots of traffic if you drive) AND I’d miss spending time with my family.
You know your guests best – do they have family obligations around Thanksgiving? Would they be willing and able to attend a Black Friday wedding?
Post # 14
I try to avoid driving at all on Black Friday. Traffic is crazy, people drive crazy, its a mess. I usually go out of town to see family, its 1 of the 2 times to see them each year, so I probably wouldn’t go to a wedding unless it was a really close friend or family. Even then, I’d feel like I’d have to chose between wedding or visiting family.
Everything is more expensive on a holiday weekend anyways. Flights & hotels double or triple in price. Places book up fast too, which makes it a little more crazy.
My vote is Nov 13, its earlier so maybe you get an “off-season” discount? Plus its probably cheaper & more organized booking other things, like hotels & flights, etc.
Post # 15
At first I thought “no way!” but then I thought about it. You could really have some fun with creaitivity with this! If you do have guests coming from Out of Town, you could setup Out of Town bags with coupons for Black Friday sales in them, serve a take on Thanksgiving dinner, decorations could have a fall/harvest nod, etc. If you do it, I say you really play into it. 🙂 Not to mention, a Turkey dinner the day AFTER Thanksgiving might be half the price since catering companies will have lots of extra food!
If you do it though, I highly suggest sendig out Save-The-Date Cards as soon as possible so people have plenty of time to make arrangements. And no matter what date you pick, someone will complain so just have the wedding YOU want and ignore the rest! 🙂 Good luck and keep us posted!
Post # 16
I agree with FutureGulick. You could be giving everyone just the right excuse to come home for the holiday and have a lot of fun with it, too. Fiance and I tossed around the idea of actually doing a Thanksgiving Day wedding because we thought it would be super cool, but then changed because we could also have bad weather that time of year.