(Closed) Friday or Sunday wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which day would you rather attend a wedding (and have more fun at?)
    Friday evening : (37 votes)
    41 %
    Sunday afternoon/evening : (16 votes)
    18 %
    A Saturday really would be ideal : (32 votes)
    35 %
    Doesn't matter : (6 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 16
    864 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

    carmenere620:  I’d pick Friday. Better to have a few people miss the ceremony and enjoy the reception fully than have everyone leave early because of work the next day.


    Post # 17
    3169 posts
    Sugar bee

    carmenere620:  I would pick Friday, for sure. Sunday would only work if you were planning a fairly reserved celebration, such as a lunch or afternoon tea, and weren’t drinking.

    I actually think having it on your brother’s birthday is a beautiful tribute. I scheduled our wedding as close to my late Mum’s birthday as possible for that very reason. I’m not religious but for me Ecclesiastes 3-1 sums it up “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity…. A time for mourning, and a time for dancing” etc. My aunties will read that at our ceremony.

    Post # 18
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: Church

    Friday has my vote too 🙂

    Post # 20
    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Versailles Banquets (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)

    carmenere620:  I personally do not like attending weddings on Friday’s or Sunday’s. I work 41 miuntes from my home as does my FH so we would for sure need to adjust hour schedules if it was Friday.  I generally do not like doing a lot on Friday’s as is.  We both work over 40 hrs a week and it’s just hard to rally for a Friday wedding for us. And let’s not talk about Friday Chicago traffic.  I work right by O’Hare and the traffic both ways is horrendous on Friday’s.  Sunday afternoom wedding may be ok, but one that starts at like 5, also not a fan since we would most likely need to take a half day the following Monday. Also, high end salons are not open on Sunday’s, so hair and makeup would be an issue.  Other stores/sevices open late and close early. So if you need something last minute you might be SOL on Sunday. 

    I know that it is a big money saver, so if budget is the reason why, I would say go with Friday so people can have Saturday to recover and maybe even visit with you even more at the day after brunch/lunch.

    Post # 21
    489 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    carmenere620:  I’d pick Friday. Granted, now a days I hear of lots of people doing Friday or Sunday, I think Friday is more convenient because yes, people have to take off work to get there but it is normally easier to take off at the end of the week than it is at the beginning.

    Post # 22
    6524 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    carmenere620:  of course Saturdays are always the best option but you have to do what works for you. 

    A Friday wedding is/can be a pain because people do work, then have to come home, freshen up after a long day but I would prefer it because I don’t have work the next day. 

    I don’t mind a Sunday wedding as long as its during the day, I just went to a Sunday wedding where the ceremony started at 6pm and the reception didn’t end til 11pm. I had work the next day. I was exhausted

    Post # 23
    36 posts
    • Wedding: August 2016 - Liberty House

    carmenere620:  I chose Sunday. I am a bit biased because our dream venue was booked on all Saturdays and holiday weekends until 2017 so we had to choose between Friday and Sunday as well. We ended up going with Sunday based on when we personally would prefer to go to a wedding.

    We live in NYC so rush hour traffic after work would easily make the commute to the venue 2 hours long…add to that the time people would need to go home, get ready, they’d need to leave work by 3pm to make it on time. I didn’t feel right asking people to take off early, and most of my guests aren’t big drinkers anyway, so the choice was easy.  

    I think it really depends on where your guests are coming from, what atmosphere you want. Ultimately, whatever you choose, my sister put it best when I was agonizing over the same decision: “Those who care won’t care.” 🙂

    Post # 24
    1387 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    If I had to pick between a Friday and a Sunday I’d pick a Sunday as long as the wedding was late morning/early afternoon. I’ve had a couple of friends with Friday weddings and it was a mess – the day is a HUGE rush/pain for guests who work or who might not get off in time. 

    A brunch wedding on a Sunday is relaxing – but I wouldn’t attend a late afternoon or evening wedding on a Sunday because of having to work or needing to get back into town, etc. I also enjoy lounging around on Sundays. 

    Post # 25
    4891 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    carmenere620:  I love Saturday weddings. I feel that it gives everyone time to get to wherever the ceremony is, and not feel rushed after work on a Friday.

    However, our wedding was on a Friday. It was mainly due to being cheaper and with what we were doing (small family only ceremony, large reception), our reception time was late so people had the time to get home from work, change and come. I did have osme out of town friends, which I did think about – but it all worked out.

    It was nice having the full weekend to spend with family/friends who were still in town.

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