Post # 1
Hello there – I’m still new at this wedding plan thing (we don’t have a date yet, but aiming towards late 2010). We are paying for everything ourselves and would like to buy a home – so, having a lavish wedding isn’t at the top of our list. I am wondering how many of you guys have had or are having a Friday reception and are the savings that significant? Was it very inconvenient (for you or the guests)?
Post # 3
Another benefit is that it will probably open up availability of caterers, photographers, etc. My wedding is on a Sunday and that allowed me to book (with relatively short notice) a photographer who has every Saturday taken!
I would consider a Friday night reception if most of your guests are local and very few people would need to take time off work. That would be my biggest consideration.
Post # 4
Yes, I am having a Friday reception and got a 10% discount. I also got a discount bc I was having it in October (non-peak month) In my search, I found most reception places did offer a lower price for Friday weddings and an even Lower price for Sunday afternoon. When choosing a photographer, the ones I met with Did Not offer any discount on Fridays. Many stated that Friday is getting more popular and no discount was available. I am paying mine in cash so I got a small discount that way. My finance and I are also paying for the whole wedding and recently purchased a home so money is tight.
Many of our guests are local so it is not an inconvenience. I cant really worry about that too much since Friday was the only way we could swing it. Also, the reception starts at 7pm so that allows enough time for people leave work and make it to the reception on time. The church is at 4pm and I dont expect many to attend the ceremony.
I am also using a local no frills salon for my hair and makeup and the savings there is significant.
Post # 5
Thank you for the input! I was hoping for a little bigger discount, but I guess my expectations are unrealistic!
Post # 6
We’re having a Friday wedding and reception. The best thing for us has been availability – we’re having no trouble booking caterers, photographers, florists, etc. because it’s less popular. We started planning 5.5 months out, so having it on a Friday is probably the best choice we made.
We were sure to give our guests plenty of notice about the Friday wedding (our Save the Dates were sent 5 months out) so arrangements could be made. We’re also organizing fun activities on Saturday and encouraging people to stick around to spend time with us!
Post # 7
We got a 15 % discount for having on a friday in June. I searched alot before I found THE place that was within our budget. They are out there!
Post # 8
WE are also having a Friday wedding and reception. Yes, there is greater availability and a discount. We made our ceremony an early evening one to beat the summer heat and so we do not have to provide a full dinner afterwards. We are having a giant pig roast the next day however.
Post # 9
My fiance and I are also having a Friday wedding and YES they are out there. I’ve noticed that some sites don’t disclose that information regarding discounts if you book it on a friday, you should ask around. Also, we were looking into having it in Sept of 2010 but since that’s peak season for weddings, we decided to book it sooner to February. I’m more concerned with saving more with the economy being as it is and that also saves mula if you decide in the off season (Jan-Mar & Nov, Dec) Happy hunting on your search
Post # 10
Hi there! We are getting married THIS Friday (ooh la la!) and quite frankly, the Friday vs. Saturday choice hasn’t mattered on any cost. We chose a Friday because we got engaged just 5 months ago and had only Friday’s to choose from at our preferred venue through 2009 (apparently it was many other couple’s preferred venues as well!) I was a little concerned about the guests’ schedules as those traveling in would have to take a day off of work, but decided to just let those worries go… people work those things out.
Post # 11
We are doing a Sunday evening reception (ends at 9:30 PM) to save cash. Our venue charges $4k for Saturdays, but we’re only paying $2100 for Sunday. Plus having it on an off day will keep the #s down, which always saves you money.
Post # 12
I am having a morning wedding on Sunday that will be half the cost of having a Saturday wedding. People will have time to get there over the weekend in time for the wedding and have time to leave to get back to work on Monday so they won’t feel rushed. My ceremony cost was almost cut in half, plus I have free premium bar included for half the cost. Talk about a great deal!
Post # 13
Hi! We are having a Friday night wedding and we saved nearly 50% on the food and beverage minimum – Yes 50%!!!
We also saved 10% on the photographer and 20% on our DJ.
Having a Friday wedding, or even a Sunday wedding should and will help you with your costs. ESPECIALLY if you’re flexible. That was the biggest thing for us… we were flexible with the actual date, we told our venue we would take any Friday or Saturday in September – so that’s how we got the deal.
Post # 14
My Friday wedding is actually considered a holiday, so we haven’t gotten any discounts for that particular reason. I have found that most vendors are willing to work with you on price — no matter the day — to get the work if they’re not already booked. And generally you’ll find that vendors don’t have many Friday bookings. I just told them I really wanted to hire them, but I really needed the price to be more like $XXX so I could stay in budget.
Hope that helps!
Post # 15
My sister actually had a Thursday reception and was able to save a lot of money because of it. People tried to make her pay full price at first but then she just mentioned that if she chose to go somewhere else that would offer her a discount for a Thursday wedding that she would go there and the venue/caterer/whatever would have no business that day. They most always gave in because they normally don’t have business that day.
Post # 16
I am having a Friday evening wedding, but not for cost savings purposes–just because it’s the date I preferred.
We are saving $3/pp for 160 people…so it’s not a very big savings, but I guess every little bit counts.