Post # 1
So the venue we love has either Friday June 14 or Saturday July 27 available. Which do we do? We’re in South Florida so the heat in July is BRUTAL compared to June, plus there’s more of a likelihood of a hurricane if we wait until July. Are Friday’s a bad day? It’d be a later ceremony, probably closer to 6:30 to let people have some time if they work a full day. If you did a Friday: did you have a lot of guests upset about the day of the week?
Post # 2
I live in Texas and deal with hurricanes and heat. Frankly there isn’t a big difference between June and July. Either is hot as hell. Hurricanes can happen, but are still rare in July compared with Aug or Sept.
Bigger decision is Friday v Saturday. I’d go Friday since you’re leaning June anyway. My sis and best friend had Friday weddings. Turn out was great and everybody had a good time. Plus it’s cheaper.
Post # 3
I’d do a saturday in july inside.
630 isn’t really late for a Friday. You’d be looking at a 7 or 730 start at the earliest to ensure adequate time for everyone to go home, get ready and get to your venue. I’m in the minority on here, but I don’t mind a friday later wedding. Some people like to go relax after the work week, I’m happy to attend a party and get the weekend started.
Post # 4
I also wouldn’t mind a Friday wedding. It’s easy for me to take a day off of work, and long weekends are always a plus. 🙂
Post # 5
Ugh, I voted for Friday but now I am leaning towards Saturday.
It will be hot either day so I went with Friday because I don’t think a Friday is a big deal. If invitations are sent out on time with all the information, your guest can plan their day accordingly. Depending on traffic in your area, you may have to adjust your start time to account for any delays. Also, from the point of view of a guest, a long weekend sounds nice too!
However, Saturday just seems easier for everyone and I don’t think you’ll have to worry about hurricanes just yet.
I am sorry I am not much help LOL I’m thinking of having a Sunday wedding in February in New Jersey, so I might just like taking risk!
Post # 6
Is it an outdoor wedding? If so, both sound miserably hot tbh.
Post # 7
Both are going to be miserably hot to be honest.
That said, I’d go with July. Friday weddings, no matter how you try to justify them, are incredibly inconvenient. People don’t want to go straight home after work, get ready, and then have to go to a wedding – as much fun as it may be, it’s also a headache and people WILL leave early because they’re tired from work. It’s just how it is. I’ve been to three Friday weddings and they all started between 6:30 and 7:30, and everyone left by 9 at all three.
Post # 8
Personally, I’d prefer Friday. It’s cheaper and I like having Saturday free for my stuff.
Post # 9
What do your VIPs think? Do they have flexible schedules? Are your guests more in-town or out-of-town? There’s a lot to consider other than hurricanes. For me, I can’t take Fridays off at my job. I’m on call, and it’s just not an option for me. I am in the office until 6:30 no matter what. Mondays are super easy, but I know a lot of people can’t do that very well either. If my partner had something to attend on a Friday evening, it would be VERY doable if it were late enough and traffic were agreeable (6:30pm near his place of work? Fine. 6:30pm, but involving travel on a major highway? Basically impossible.)
If most of your friends are teachers, or have more flexibility, or are planning on taking the day off entirely then Friday isn’t a bad choice. Otherwise, Saturday is the most convenient for everyone involved. I think Friday weddings are forgivable (much more than Monday-Thursday, at least) as long as you’re willing to be undersanding of people who can’t make it happen.
It’s a balance.
Post # 10
Thank you everyone! I totally agree that it’ll be hot either way, we’re just trying to make it as nice as we can! I don’t love the Friday idea either, I’d much rather it be Saturday. Plus, it turns out that the Friday in June is the same price as a Saturday in July because July is a discounted month because it’s so dang hot, so now money isn’t even a factor. I’m going to start asking immediate family if they think the Saturday in July would work for them!
Post # 11
mickeynicki : Is it an outside wedding? I would not have an outside wedding in July in Florida, period. The reason it’s cheap is because it’s miserable for all your guests!!
Post # 12
i think i’ll go with saturday in July, because as you said that people are working full-time and 6.30 just not late enough to allow them to prepare and do touch-up before the wedding, plus it’ll be tiring since they had a long day already. but if you don’t mind your guests coming late for the ceremony, it do worth to try though. yes it’s cheaper and less crowded maybe around the area and who knows you’ll actually end up having a great wedding! Good luck!
Post # 13
A 6:30 ceremony does not mean most people can work a full day. Darling Husband barely gets home by 630 most days. We would both have to take leave to attend, and that gets hard to do in the summer with competing travel schedules of coworkers.
I’d go with Saturday, if I were you. Both are going to be hot anyway.
Post # 14
Our wedding was on a Friday evening – guests were asked to arrive between 6:30 and 7:15 in order to take the shuttle to the yacht. Most guests who were in town worked a full day and then came. No issues with it being a Friday and not Saturday.
Post # 15
Louisiana girl here. Key question: Would the Saturday date in July be an evening or daytime wedding? I wouldn’t do anything daytime in the summer. Since it’s later July, you WILL have an increased chance of a storm, although it may not be too likely still, I’m not sure. In Louisiana, we seem to get most of our hurricanes in September, or in the case of Katrina, late August. I voted June, just because that’s how I would lean. Especially if the Saturday is not an evening slot. Also, would it be possible to do the Friday wedding a bit later, say at 7? That would give people time to get there. Keep in mind, for traveling family, they will likely have to take off the Friday or Monday anyway, so I’m not sure I would have that be a big factor.