Post # 1
So I am very against giant extravagant weddings (just for myself), even though my parents are paying and my mother would love nothing less than to spend a fortune on this. Anyway because of this, early in the planning process I chose 10-7-12 as a wedding date. It is a Sunday (so much cheaper than Saturday at our venue) the day before Columbus Day. I’m a teacher and get every possible holiday off, my fiancee doesn’t have trouble getting days off that he needs, and we are having the wedding and reception where just about all of our guests will be local- within 30 minutes tops. So we had no reservations about having a church ceremony at 2:30, reception from 4ish to 9ish. Today however I started freaking out about the Sunday night thing. My friends and family definitely like to party, but now I’m nervous that they won’t because not everyone automatically has Columbus Day off. I’m terrified that we are going to have a boring reception where nobody dances and my mother is just going to say, “Told ya so!”
Has anyone been to a Sunday night wedding the day before a semi-fake holiday? Was it fun? I don’t need sloppy crazy fun, but I also want to make sure that with all of the money about to be spent, it is a fun time for my friends, family, and of course myself and fiancee. I either need to be reassured, or try to change my date…potentially difficult because I already have a fantastic DJ and photographer booked!
Post # 3
I’m having a Sunday wedding and it’s not even on a holiday weekend. I’m having the reception from 5-9pm, so I assume that gives people plenty of time to get home if they are working the next day. I haven’t heard any complaints about my date yet and everyone who says they are coming are looking forward to a good time. I’ll be having alcohol and dancing the entire night. I think it depends on your crowd. Since mine will have a good chunk of young people, I’m hoping the dance floor will stay busy.
Post # 4
I was in a wedding on a Sunday of Labor Day and I defintely left earlier than I would have if it was a Saturday. But I did stay until 9 and there were plenty of people who stayed up late and partied.
Post # 5
I dont think a sunday wedding will prevent people from having a good time… 9 is plenty of time for people to get home and in bed at a decent hour. Any one who is a close friend or family will enjpy themselves regardless. The only peole who tend to complain about things like this are people that you really arent close to yet invited anyway… people who care about you will deal with… this is why we are ONLY inviting close family and friends!
Post # 6
@Meliss1007: As your date twin, I feel authorized to tell you: your wedding will be great!
Obviously, we’ve decided to go with Sunday, too. For us the cost savings, the holiday weekend factor (mostly for our East Coast guests), and the fact that a lot of our guests would have to take a day off even if we did it on Saturday weighed in Sunday’s favor.
I did put feelers out to VIPs asking if they’d feel any less festive on a Sunday and, with one exception to prove the rule, I got completely encouraging responses. We also did STDs ridiculously early, partly because of the Sunday thing. If some people feel having Monday off is requisite for a good time, 10+ months is certainly long enough for them to make those arrangements.
I’ve been to a lot of out-of-town weddings, including one that required a passport. If I was a guest at your wedding, I might be extra inclined to take that Monday off and dance myself silly since I wouldn’t have spent a dime on airfare and I could spend the next day actually resting instead standing in airport security. 🙂
Post # 7
@Meliss1007: I was in a wedding n January that was on a Sunday and it was a BLAST. The bride is SDA so she was going to have it on a Sunday regardless and it worked out fine with the guest.
Post # 8
Will booze be provided? The more people drink, the more ‘fun’ they tend to have…
Post # 9
We are date triplets!! Where have you guys been?!!! I’ve been searching for you!!Go us!!!!
My Fiance and I run a night club so the Saturday thing wasn’t working for us. I actually called the people that I really wanted to be there and asked about the Sunday wedding thing and they were fine with it as almost all of them had the Monday off and the schools in my area are closed. I’m ending my reception at 10:30 because we have to be out by 11. We are actually going to open the club for an afterparty when we leave the reception and that was suggested by a few people. I guess it will boil down to your guest…
So glad I found you guys and I’m never going to let you guys go!!
Post # 10
Yay, finally I find three others with my date!!
We chose having the wedding on Sunday for the cost purposes as well. For our venue, the package we chose was for 100 people, but since we were doing it on a Sunday, they let us have 20 more people for free basically since our guestlist was 120. So that definitely worked out great! In regards to people not having as much fun due to it being a Sunday, I don’t think that’ll be too much of an issue. We sent our STDs a few weeks ago and that gives people plenty of time to make sure to have Monday off if that’s what they choose. A lot of my FI’s side will be coming from out of town and will probably be leaving Monday or Tuesday night. So the Sunday issue wasn’t too much of a concern for us. As long as WE are having a great time with those we love, I think that’s all that matters. 🙂
Post # 11
Like all weddings, it depends on your guests! I have been to a few Sunday weddings, and am having my own the same Sunday as you. It seems to be the more the bride and groom are up and dancing and having a good time, the more other people are out on the floor, dancing and having a good time.
Post # 12
Yay date twins!!!! I’m getting married at 2, and if we keep the schedule my inconsiderate fi suggested, it’ll be over and we will be en route to the airport by 4:30. Lol. My guests know my family is uber conservative (tho I’m not) so we are gona go out the Friday before. Did not even realize oct 8 was a holiday. I’m a teacher too. My Fiance picked the date (I picked the month) and I have been saving my sick days this year in preparation. Yay for oct 7th!!!! Woot woot!!!!!!!
Post # 14
I wasn’t planning to have the ceremony till 5:30 so the sun would set during the cocktail hour. Since I work for the government I get all federal holidays off, so I picked that Sunday specifically. Maybe I should do it earlier…the reception was going to be 6-11. That’s probably too late for a Sunday isn’t it?
Post # 15
I think it depends on your crowd of people you invited. If you have fun people then it will be fun! If you invited boring people make sure there’s alcohol because then they’ll become fun! hahahaha Don’t worry about it being a Sunday. You could invite 300 people to a Saturday wedding and a lot of people still won’t show. Same goes for Sunday weddings or any other day weddings too. People will have fun because it’s going to be an amazing day so no worries.
I think everything ending at 9pm gives people enough time to go home and such. Some will stay for the whole thing and others may leave early — it’s fine though so no worries.