Post # 1
So I have a Friday wedding next year, and my sis in law has a Sunday wedding this year.
Without chosing based on your own wedding day, which would you rather go to!?!?
My ceremony is at 4pm 7-12 reception
She gets married at 1pm and has a 4-10 reception
Would love to know!!!
Post # 3
Hm, hard choice. The 4pm ceremony is really early for me (would have to take at least a half day off from work, assuming it’s local), and is there really a 2-3 hour gap before the reception? I’d be tempted to skip the ceremony and just go to the reception.
The Sunday one becomes an all day function though, with the same 2-3 hour gap, and I’d probably duck out early to get home and get ready for work the next day, plus wouldn’t be able to party as much.
If I had to pick, I’d probably say I’d prefer Friday. I would prefer Fridays hands down if there were no gap and a later ceremony, though.
Post # 4
@abbie017: My thought is the money is put into the reception, so i’d rather people stay and enjoy that anyways. I saved over $8k by going with a Friday!
Also, I don’t mind if people can’t all make the ceremony, because it’s personal and the people who matter most will be there to witness it anyway!
Post # 5
I’d rather go to a Sunday wedding so I wouldn’t have to take time off from work.
Post # 6
@abbie017: PS i actually thought about moving the wedding ceremony to 430 or 5. but the reception is about 40 minutes north of our church. Plus time to take pictures! I’m not sure about that still…
Post # 7
Sunday wedding- so I would be caught up on my sleep after a week of work!
Post # 8
I’ve heard Friday weddings are a blast!
I’ve only ever been to a sunday morning wedding, never a sunday night though. It was more low key without a big reception.
Post # 9
You may want to update your title since it says Saturday instead of Sunday.
Anyway, I vote for Friday, without a doubt. We had a Friday wedding and it was a blast! I know you said not to base our votes off of our own weddings but it’s kind of hard not to. All of the reasons we opted for a Friday are the same as why I’d vote for a Friday for other people.
- I understand it’s difficult for some people to get time off of work but it’s never been an issue for me. Actually, I look for excuses to skip out a few hours early on a Friday so having to attend a wedding would be the perfect oppertunity. Most everyone I know have jobs where taking time off isn’t a problem as long as they have adequate notice. Not a single person missed our wedding due to work constraints (ceremony started at 5:30).
- Friday weddings are a great kick off to the weekend. Your guests can party as hard as they want and still have two full days to recover or do whatever they normally do on the weekends without having to cut their much needed time off short.
- Guests are more prone to stay for the entirety of the wedding if it’s on a Friday where as I think a lot of people would duck out early on a Sunday. There’s no way I would stay at a wedding reception until 10 pm if I had to work the next morning. Besides, Sundays are when I prepare for the week ahead so it would throw my whole weekend off if I had to dedicate my Sunday to a wedding. Of course I’d still go but I’d probably be thinking about all of things that I still had to accomplish when I got home.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t mind going to either. I’m Jewish and Jewish weddings are almost always on Sunday (although, for various reasons, my will not be) so I’m used partying late into the night on a Sunday 🙂 But Friday would be super fun too!
Post # 11
I really don’t like Friday weddings, bc I’d half to take time off work and then feel rushed, I like that a weekend wedding allows your day to work up to the wedding, but I wouldn’t like Sunday bc I would need to be well rested for the new work week, so I would leave early. I would choose Friday between the two though.
Post # 12
@UpstateCait: EXACTLY! Those are the reasons why we picked Friday too!!! If we’re putting all this time and money into the reception…why do it so people can’t enjoy it???
Post # 13
Friday night – but honestly I would skip your 4 pm ceremony and just head for the reception at 7
Post # 14
Friday night, hands down! I wouldn’t mind taking a half day off from work and pampering myself (going to get a mani/pedi or something). Sunday weddings are always a drag for me…b/c I usually have to get up for work the next day. I’d rather have the rest of the weekend to myself.
Post # 15
I really don’t have a preference but I agree with PP, the big time gaps in there are a deal breaker for me in either situation. There’s nothing worse than 3-4 hour delay between the ceremony and the reception. For a Friday I think ceremony at 6, cocktails at 7, dinner at 8 would be perfect. For a Sunday, ceremony at 3, cocktails at 4, dinner at 5. Friday would probably be more lively and fun but Sunday would be nice if you’re more into relaxed, chill celebrations. I’m all about taking pictures BEFORE and not making people wait between the events.
Post # 16
@UpstateCait: I agree with this.
Also, I tend to think a Friday wedding will be more fun because people will relax and will be more apt to drink and socialize…I think it will ultimately make the wedding more fun.
Sunday weddings would be more stressful because most people are thinking of work the next day, plus, many people like to relax on Sunday and prepare for the upcoming week.