Friday Night Weddings – What Do You REALLY Think Of Them?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I think it’s fine – if people want to come, they will figure out how to take a half day or the entire day off for the wedding. It’s a little bit of a pain, but if they want to come, they will figure it out. Some people may be tired from working all week, so keep that in mind vs. on a Saturday they will be more fresh instead of having to rush from work. 

If you want to have a rehearsal dinner or any kind of event the day before the wedding, that will be more inconvenient for guests on a Thursday.

Post # 3
862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have never been to a wedding on Friday night, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be fun. 7:00 should give people enough time to get ready after work if they are close enough to the venue. Oly concern is that it seems to cut your wedding day pretty short!

Post # 4
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I think it depends on your guests and location. I don’t care for Friday weddings bc it requires taking time off work plus the traffic blows here from 4-7 ish so add a crap commute on top of losing money. For a close friend or family member I’d make an effort but for an associate nope.

Post # 5
4548 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think I am tired and grumpy from the working week, but that I would still go for close friends and family. I would far prefer a saturday wedding, but what can you do? I probably prefer friday over sunday afternoon though. 

Post # 6
3485 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I’d be fine with that. I think it’s late enough of a start in the evening and it’s a great way to close the week with a fun celebration.

Post # 7
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I’m having a Friday night wedding! I asked for advice on here before I planned it and was advised against it, but we just couldn’t afford our venue on a Saturday and I was stubborn sealed.

FWIW 0 people have complained. There’s been one person so far who would have been able to make it Saturday but can’t Friday. Everyone else who can’t come wouldn’t have been able to come anyway. No regrets!

Post # 8
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I think they’re completely fine… But I’m also having one! All 

Post # 9
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Friday night weddings are a PIA. Sorry but they are. Will I suck it up for a close friend or family, sure. Will I not mention what a PIA it is to them, sure. But they are still a PIA. 

7pm is better than 6pm but still a huge hassle for anyone who finishes at 5 or 6pm. A lot of people also can’t take a half day off due to their type of work.

Mostly what I don’t like is the cost shifting of guests having to lose vacation time or wages in order for you to save money. 

Post # 10
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Friday is annoying if you have to take a day off work but still more fun than a Sunday because at least you get the next day to relax and recover.

Post # 11
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I MUCH prefer a Friday wedding over a Sunday wedding. I’ve been to three Sunday weddings and felt like I couldn’t 100% enjoy myself, because I had to work the next day. Towards the end of the night I was worried about how late it was getting. But for a Friday wedding that’s local, most people can get away with working a half day, getting ready for the wedding and enjoying themselves into the night! We plan to have a Destination Wedding but if for some reason we stay local I’m definitely getting married on a Friday. 

Post # 12
13702 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I really think they are a huge inconvenience.  Even if it’s local, I’m going to have to leave work early to get home and get ready.  In my area, traffic is a nightmare, so it may force me to leave even earlier so I can budget extra commuting time to your wedding. I’m also usually pretty tired on Fridays after a long week at work, so I’d probably be leaving your wedding early because I’m yawning and exhausted. 

For all those who say people haven’t complained about a Friday wedding…obviously, people have manners.  Just because I think your wedding is a horrible inconvenience doesn’t mean I’m going to say that to you.  I was raised to have manners, after all.

FWIW, I think Sunday weddings are pretty inconvenient as well, and never quite as much fun because I’m already thinking about getting ready for the workweek.  If it’s brunch, cool, I can deal.  If it’s a Sunday evening wedding, I’m probably bouncing early from that one too.

Post # 13
257 posts
Helper bee

I see no issue with it provided you give them advance notice. My cousin got married on a Friday, I work in the city and the wedding was in the city, so I just changed into my dress in my office, threw my hair up into a cute bun and put on some jewelry. All of my family came, and we’re a big bunch of people, and no one complained. It was actually quite convenient, I didn’t have to find parking or anything, just hopped in a cab.

Worst case is that someone has to take a half day off to be able to make it; even then, I’d just ask my boss to leave an hour early or whatever instead of a full half day. Your bridal party will need to take the time but even if my friend was getting married on Saturday, I’d be taking the Friday off to help her pull everything together anyways.

The upside for me is that you still get your entire weekend to do with what you want. Drinking on a Friday night works for me, and then you have Saturday to get over the hangover and Sunday to relax and get your shopping/chores done.

Post # 14
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Personally I would prefer a Saturday wedding over a Friday wedding because I know that my friends and family will be able to enjoy themselves more.  We are doing our wedding on Saturday also because we have many people who will be traveling from out of state (and you don’t have that problem).  I think that as long as you give them enough notice it will be fine.  But before you book anything, I would talk to a few family members that you trust to give you an honest answer and get their opinions. $3,000 is a lot of money, so I understand your concern completely.

Post # 15
1638 posts
Bumble bee

If it’s local, I don’t mind. If I have to travel for it, and it’s not close friends or family, I won’t go. 

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