Post # 1
I need advice. I have a venue that I LOVE, but weddings their are MUCH cheaper on Friday nights than on Saturday. About 15% of our guests are out of town. Should I bust my budget and go for Saturday or should I stick to my budget and do Friday?
Post # 3
Stick to your budget. We had a Friday wedding and had a lot of Out of Town guests as well, but we received compliments because family and friends were able to come in and hang out for the rest of the weekend together.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
I’m doing a Friday wedding and have no regrets! Our out of town guests who can’t come wouldn’t have been able to come on a Saturday anyway. We made it easier on our guests by having our wedding in the evening, so a lot of people can still work a half or full day. But I think a Friday wedding is totally doable, and in your case, it sounds like a much more financially responsible option. I say go for it!
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Post # 6
depends – im headed to a wedding in october that is a friday night that im really excited about – the only turn off was that i had to take 2 days off work instead of just one (its out of town – like i have to fly there and after my wedding and summer im running really low on vacation days) but it important for me to be there so ill make it happen.
Saturday’s are def more convenient but im not going to turn down a friday night wedding.
Post # 7
This is a popular topic lately I notice but with good reason…I say stick with your budget and go for the Friday wedding! This will be always be up for debate so not everyone will be satisified with your choice. But you and Fiance know what works for you guys and a Friday night wedding really is not ununsual anymore. My wedding will be on a Friday , on a holiday week no less. So I’m on the same boat with saving money. I would just make sure to send Save-The-Date Cards out earlier for your Out of Town guests so they can plan ahead for travel and jobs. That money you save can go to your honeymoon..just a suggestion. 🙂
Post # 8
@Treejewel19: I was just going to post that link.
I think to sum the recent thread up. People will come if it is important to them, but that doesn’t mean it is convenient. You need to decide what is most important to you. I personally would cut from other places in my budget to do a Saturday.
Post # 9
for me, the only time i think it would be an issue is if
1) i’m not that close to the couple or
2) i have to travel
otherwise, it isn’t a big deal.
Post # 10
I’m probably repeating some of the PPs, but I say definetly stick to your budget. A wedding is a huge, once-in-a-lifetime (for most) event. People will come, regardless of what day. You can’t please everyone, and you should have to try to please everyone. Besides, you shouldn’t have to go into debt to celebrate your wedding.
Post # 11
I think it’s always better to be smart with your budget. This is a case where save-the-dates are helpful because you can spread the word that it’s on a Friday so people can plan to take off of work or leave work early way in advance in there’s a lot of traveling to do. It would be a little hard to go home after work and get changed and be at your wedding if it’s at like 6pm, but if it’s later like 7:30 or 8 that’s perfect. That’s about the time people would normally go out to dinner anyways.
That’s a good money saving idea, I like it.
Post # 12
I mean you shouldn’t book something you can’t pay for so I would lean toward Friday. I recently attended a Friday night wedding where the ceremony was at 530. I feel like this is asking 100% of your guests whether local or not to leave work early / get the day off which can be hard (I mean unless you work down the street from the venue). If you do opt for Friday I would recommend for a later ceremony like 7PM if at all possible. I took off work and my husband left early and we wound up missing the ceremony anyway b/c of hurricane Irene traffic (2.5 hours for a 45 minute drive!) and I was really bummed (I like seeing the actual wedding!).
Post # 13
My wedding was on Friday at 7pm and we saved a TON!! Not just on the venue, but catering, photography, all kinds of stuff!!! And almost ALL of our guests came. I think it worked so well for us, though, because we kept our guest list short and sweet. We invited 70 guests (35 from my side and 35 from his) and stuck to that.
I’d say 75% of our guests were Out of Town and we told them in plenty of time (Save the date website…also a budget tip) and they were excited to be able to stay in our city on Saturday and sight-see or shop or just recover (CUZ IT WAS A PAR-TAY!!) and then leave out on Sunday!!!
Post # 14
I did a Sunday wedding but it was 4th of July and I had a lot of people still come. However, there were some gripes that it was 4th of July weekend and prices were more expensive to fly. The folks who will come are going to come. I saved some money. Not that much though but some. Well, actually, the minimum’s were less. But all in all, I don’t regret my Sunday wedding 🙂 I’ve heard of Wednesday weddings. If my sister or a close friend wanted to marry on a Thursday morning, you bet I will be there 🙂
Post # 15
Honest opinion is that I’m not a fan of Friday weddings but I will still go if I can. The people who want to be there will be there. I am allergic to the cold but if my sister wanted to get married on an ice berg I’d be there.
Post # 16
I’m having a Monday wedding (only 20-25 ppl, so it’s not inconvenient), so you see, I’m completely biased lol. Go for the Friday wedding! The people who really care about you will try their hardest to make it and I’m sure they will understand.