(Closed) Calling everyone who had a Friday night wedding!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 Hi, a MOB here – it was Friday, Dec. 30th, so many had a half day due to the New Year’s weekend.  Mostly out of towners didn’t come (groom was from 3 hours away and college friends had scattered) – estimate of “nos” – about 10%. Ceremony was 6:00 (15 minutes away from reception – almost all attended), reception 7:00-11:00. Some of the younger crowd may have left early (the only alcohol was during cocktail haour – and some ended it by carrying 4 drinks to their tables), to party elsewhere, but not a substantial concern. Didn’t hear any complaints. With a non-holiday weekend, there may be a difference. As always, people will complain and some won’t make an effort, but many venues have lower rates for non-Saturday nights, so you have to balance it all out. My daughter is getting married on a Sunday night of a holiday weekend, so we’ll see how that goes.   

Post # 4
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201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

1. How many people did you invite? 100ish

2. How many actually made it? Did you have a smaller turnout at your ceremony? 85 and no. Every guest was present at both the ceremony and reception.

3. Did anybody complain about it being on a Friday or give you a hard time? Not a single person.

4. What time did your ceremony start, and what time did reception end? Ceremony started at 5:30, reception ended around midnight.

5. Did anybody leave early because they were tired from work? Some people started to trickle out around 11 but that’s not uncommon for weddings. Most weddings I’ve been to, the majority of people don’t stay until the very end.

We didn’t have any guest decline because it was a Friday evening. They couldn’t make it for other reasons.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

1. How many people did you invite? A lot of people from all over the country, so we knew the number would be lower; however, of those in the state, pretty much everyone came (within a 3 hour drive).  180 invited/130 showed.

2. How many actually made it? Did you have a smaller turnout at your ceremony? 130 RSVP’d.  Two couples had to pull out at the last minute. Everyone else showed.

3. Did anybody complain about it being on a Friday or give you a hard time? Not at all.

4. What time did your ceremony start, and what time did reception end? 5:30 start of ceremony; Reception ended at 11:30/midnight. Many people left early because they drank too much… open bar. :-/

5. Did anybody leave early because they were tired from work? No. Most took the day off to enjoy a long weekend.

 

We loved having our wedding on a Friday. It allowed us to say farewell to everyone on Saturday and relax on Sunday.

 

Thanks!!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

1. How many people did you invite? About 130

2. How many actually made it? Did you have a smaller turnout at your ceremony? 110- so 85% acceptance- “normal” range. We started promptly at 6, and there were a few guests who were late to the ceremony (but that can happen on a Saturday, as well.)

3. Did anybody complain about it being on a Friday or give you a hard time? No

4. What time did your ceremony start, and what time did reception end?
6pm ceremony cocktails at 6:30, reception ended at 11pm- afterparty at hotel, which was a mile away. We had a decent number of guests who didn’t stay at the hotel who came to the after party

5. Did anybody leave early because they were tired from work? No-those who left earlier (before 10) were older guests, or had an hour drive home.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MrsCreeToBe:  

1. How many people did you invite?  126 including plus ones.

2. How many actually made it? Did you have a smaller turnout at your ceremony? 82, but we had a lot of out of town guests that wouldn’t have been able to make it on a Saturday either (think 11/12 of DH’s cousins didn’t have money to fly out from Manitoba, and we gave them all plus ones, so that’s 22 declines right there).  Other than that, only 3 other significant declines come to mind, and none of them were because it was a Friday.  I think about 5 people skipped the ceremony and just came to the reception.

3. Did anybody complain about it being on a Friday or give you a hard time? A few people questioned it, but nobody really complained.  We have a family/friends full of people who work irregular schedules and teachers though, so all the cops/teachers/wedding photographers/nurses/etc weren’t really affected too much.  They just worked another day.  And a lot of out of town guests came in the weekend prior and stayed the full week, so we could have had a Tuesday wedding, and it wouldn’t have mattered to them; they were on vacation 🙂

4. What time did your ceremony start, and what time did reception end?  Our ceremony opend for seating at 2pm and started at 2:30.  It took about half an hour and then cocktail hour started at 5:30.  We had our wedding in a show garden, so we wanted to give people time to walk around and for us to get our photos done, and only available ceremony times were 2:30 or 5pm but in retrospect the gap was a little too long, so I wouldn’t recommend that if it’s avoidable for you.  Reception ended at midnight, and we had quite a few guests that were still having such a great time they hung out and helped us clean up (the DJ stuck around too, and played us music while we did so) and then a litlte tailgating in the parking lot.

5. Did anybody leave early because they were tired from work?  A few people left early, but I think those were the people that would have left maybe only a little later on a Saturday.  Think elderly guests/a couple that the wife gave birth 3 days later kinda thing.  However, I think only a handful of guests actually worked that day.

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