(Closed) Friday or Sunday wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
634 posts
Busy bee

How far a destination? Either way folks will have to take off work but I would prefer Friday so I could fly home by Sunday and back to work Monday

Post # 3
4994 posts
Honey bee

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dmw416 :  For a destination wedding, probably I’d pick Sunday just because as a guest, you might make it by asking for only one day-off (Monday) versus Friday, you will need to take-off Thursday AND Friday. Of course keeping in mind that most of us work Monday to Friday.

Post # 4
1508 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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dmw416 :  to be honest, a destination wedding on either of those days would be inconvenient and make it far less likely for me to come unless it was a really close friend or family member.   If it’s a Saturday, I could avoid taking any time off work if that was important to me. 

If I had to pick, i’d say the Friday as I could take one day off (the friday) travel back on Saturday and relax on the Sunday before heading back to work.   If it’s on the sunday, i’d have to take the Monday off to travel back, then head straight back in to work on Tues so id have basically taken a day off for nothing.  

This is assuming most of your crowd are mon – Fri workers


Post # 6
20 posts
  • Wedding: April 2018

Our destination wedding is set for a Friday with an average of a 3 hour flight time for majority of our guests. So we figured Wednesday and Sunday is a good travel day for everyone. Although, we are having wedding related activities from Thursday to Sat. 

Post # 7
30 posts

In your case, if you had it on Friday, people would more than likely have to take off 2 days or leave after work Thursday and drive through the night. I would find it hard to believe that someone could take off 1 day (Friday), drive 5-7 hours, and be ready in time for your ceremony without feeling super rushed or waking up really early. This would be especially true of your wedding party if you are opting to have one.

I am having a destination wedding ( 4 hour flight for majority of guests) on a Sunday with Columbus day being Monday. Some people will have it off, others will have to take it off. For a destination wedding, that is almost always going to be the case one way or another. Even IF you had it on a Saturday, most people traveling more than a couple hours would more than likely take that Friday off. 

Plus, you can’t take into consideration EVERY persons schedule as some people work weekends as well.  So in the end, you do what works best for you! Sunday was also a few hundred dollars cheaper than Friday at our venue so that might be something to consider as well. 

Post # 8
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

My wedding is a 10 hr drive for most guests and I realized…

for a Friday wedding everyone would have to be off Thursday and Friday.

For a Saturday wedding everyone would probably have to take off Friday. 

For a Sunday wedding everyone has to take off Monday. 

So we went with a Monday because everyone still has to be off 2 days like with Friday weddings, but it’s way cheaper at our venue.

The people who care the most will be there for your day regardless, and you can’t please everyone. All you can do is what’s going to make you happiest! 

Post # 9
1112 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I went to a destination wedding (10 hour drive each way) a few years ago on Saturday, July 5. It sucked and don’t think it was worth going, besides that a great amusement park was an hour away from it! We left really early on Saturday morning and got there like an hour before it started. The day after (Sunday), we went to the amusement park for the day. Then on Sunday night at like 10pm we left and drove the 10 hours home! Again, we’re crazy.

But I guess if I had to pick Friday or Sunday, I would prefer Friday. So then I can fully enjoy my weekend afterwards.

Post # 11
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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dmw416 :  I vote Sunday because if I have to skip work, I’d rather skip a Monday than a Thursday/Friday.

Post # 12
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I’m struggling with this decision right now too… I’m thinking about having our wedding on a Sunday (every one of our guests will be travelling for it, but it’s only a ~1-2 hour flight for most of them) because my med school graduation is the previous Friday evening and getting married the day after graduation is too stressful, but having my family fly out to different events of mine in two consecutive weeks isn’t really fair. Hopefully people understand and don’t mind too much :/ 

Post # 13
8009 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

How about a Sunday brunch wedding? Guests could then drive or fly home Sunday evening. 

Post # 14
9946 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly, both are pretty inconveninent.  I don’t even like local Friday or Sunday weddings.  If your wedding were in a location I’d like to vist, I’d be interested in going, but otherwise, you’d have to be a very close friend or family member for me to take off work and incur the expense to go. 

Post # 15
1506 posts
Bumble bee

Sunday brunch.

If you want to do evenings, you should do it on Saturday evening, or locally. 

I’ve heard of people having weddings on days like Mondays or Wednesdays from people who then bitch about it and clearly  resent their obligation to go (family).  I would not recommend that. 

It’s true you can’t make everyone happy, but you can annoy the majority of your guests. 


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