Post # 1
Help! Due to my fiance being in the military, we only have a short window of time (30 days) that we can have our wedding. The day I wanted is booked, so now I have some decisions to make and I’d love some opinions/advice from other brides. Here is the deal, we can either have a Friday wedding or a Saturday wedding on Easter weekend. I was doing some reading about Easter weekend weddings, and though my family is not extremely Catholic, I feel like people might miss due to travel and/or people will not have as much fun because they have to be ready for church the following morning. Does anyone have any experience with Easter weekend weddings? Our other choice is a Friday night wedding. The majority of the guests are local, but I have some Out of Town family but my FI has ALL Out of Town guests since we’re getting married in my hometown. Dilemmas! Help!
(Feeling like I should just have a destination wedding at this point to avoid all of this!)
Post # 2
I think it definitely just depends on your guest list. Coming from a very religious family I would definitely go with a Friday wedding over the night before Easter, as a lot of my guest list goes to midnight mass that night. I love Friday weddings and they are also more cost effective. How far would his Out of Town guests be traveling?
Are you deadset on a specific venue to the point where you can’t look elsewhere to have it the date you wanted?
Post # 3
Friday of Easter weekend is Good Friday- you may have a lot of people going to church and doing the traditional fish fry that Friday. Travel during easter is going to be harder, it’s spring break for most schools and if people have to fly airfare will be higher and hotels may be harder to book and more expensive.
If most people are local a Friday night wedding isn’t that bad, but understand if people are getting out of work they may be late. Unless they can take a 1/2 day or the whole day off. You know your guests best though!
We ended up having a destination wedding and it was best thing ever! So I would totally agree with you on that idea! Good luck
Post # 4
I would go with Friday. Is it Good Friday you are looking at though? That is also a holiday.
Post # 5
lindseyp: I guess it depends on what kind of reception you want to have…Friday is probably going to be a little more rowdy and could run late into the night…Sunday might end early, but be a nice way to get the family together for a wedding and a holiday.
Post # 6
Thanks all! It wouldn’t be Good Friday, it would be the Friday after Easter weekend. His family is on the East Coast and the wedding will be in Minnesota, so either way they’re going to have to travel quite far. Being in the military his friends are scattered all over– We debated on a destination wedding but then many of my guests that would come wouldn’t be able to, am I being selfish? And we love the venue, so if we do it in MN we’d like to stick with it!
Post # 7
I vote Friday. I consider it rude to marry on a holiday that many want to spend with their family at home.
Post # 8
lindseyp: I would choose the Friday after Easter weekend over Easter weekend. While it isn’t ideal for people who need to travel, I’m finding that pretty much all my family who is traveling for the wedding are going to be in town no later than Friday for our Saturday wedding. And given the price of travel Easter weekend, plus the people who want to celebrate Easter at home, I think the Friday after is the better choice. I’d also hope people would understand the tight window with dates given your FI’s military status.
Post # 9
Can you make a list of the peopel you REALLY REALLY want there (super A list) and then poll them? That’s what I would do! Either way you may lose a few people…. I don’t care about Easter sunday, and I’d prefer to go to a Saturay wedding the night before Easter, but I feel that there are more conflicts with Easter weekend generally. (that more people would have potential conflicts with sat before easter than friday after)
Post # 10
lindseyp: I think I would prefer to go to a Friday evening wedding over a Saturday of Easter weekend wedding but honestly I wouldn’t be put off by either! Especially given your circumstances, I don’t think anyone would think anything of it if you chose the Saturday.
Also… Nona99: hey!!! You’re back!
Post # 11
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I’m getting married on Easter weekend!!!! We’re getting married on Sat, March 26th and we’re doing a family Easter brunch the next morning. My Fiance has some really catholic family members and they don’t seem phased by our wedding date. I think we might even do a church outing and then to brunch? idk yet. Then again, if people want to be there then they will. We picked a date that was best for us. We won’t be hurt if people decide not to come because of the date.
We decided against Friday weddings because we didn’t want people to have to rush to our wedding after work/deal with traffic. We’ve heard horror stories about guests being stuck in traffic and missing the whole ceremony! Also his whole family said they really didn’t want the wedding to be on a Friday.
Post # 12
The Friday after Easter seems to be the much better option, especially with many of your guests having to travel to the wedding. The day before Easter, at least in my experience, is usually pretty busy and the only way I would attend a wedding that day would be if it was a close family member. That being said, maybe gather some opinions from people you know you want at your wedding to see what they have to say. Good luck!
Post # 13
If people have to travel air fairs and hotel room may be more expensive at Easter I would go for thefriday I think you will find that most people traveling will get there on Friday anyway