(Closed) Friday versus Sunday wedding, thoughts??

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: As a guest, it better to attend a wedding on a Friday or Sunday
    Friday, I would have the weekend to recover and would rather take off Friday from work than Monday : (52 votes)
    44 %
    Sunday, that way I don't have to miss work on Friday : (50 votes)
    42 %
    Neither, I would go with a traditional Saturday : (17 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 17
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    Bumble bee

    From another Friday night bride-to-be, I caught a TON of crap over our choosing a Friday (which we also did for financial reasons.)  I assumed that we would get a lower turnout, but so far I’m getting 99% YES to my RSVPs.  People complained for sure, but they got a Save the Date 5 months ago and most of them made the arrangements.

    I think either way (Friday or Sunday) you will hear complaints or people will choose not to come.  It’s all about the atmosphere you want.  I agree that Friday tends to be more of a party and Sunday is more laid back.

    Let us know when you choose!

    Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We’re having a Sunday afternoon wedding. We aren’t huge party people so having a never ending nighttime party wasn’t a priority for us. We’re still having dinner at 5 and dancing after that like normal, but if someone is from out of town (the furthest from us is a 2 hr drive) then they can leave after some dancing and still be home by 10 to go to work the next day.

    I’ve attended Friday weddings and they are just really stressful for me because you either have to take time off work or be in a huge rush to get home from work (in rush hour), get ready and then rush to the ceremony. I also think it’s more fair to the bridesmaids that they don’t have to take Friday off work to spend the day getting ready with you, if you have  a Sunday wedding.

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’d prefer Friday night because then I’d have all weekend to recover and relax. If guests are coming from out of town, they’d have the weekend to explore the area.

    Sundays are for recovering and/or gearing up for the work week.

    You’re also looking at the difference between a night and day event. They each have a different feel to them so it’s really up to what you want to have your wedding be like.

    Post # 21
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We had a Sunday wedding and people ended up taking Monday off (instead of Friday) so it worked out.  We had a lot of Out of Town guests.  Some flights even got delayed/cancelled so it was good they had more time rather than rushing for a Friday night wedding.

    Post # 22
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    For a local wedding, I would attend either, no problem. For an out of town wedding though? Unless we’re super close, don’t expect me to be there for either. Sorry!

    Have you considered a morning wedding with brunch reception? Saturday morning would be lovely!

    Post # 23
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Our wedding is going to be on a Sunday. We probably preferred Saturday but we got engaged 5 months ago and wanted a Fall wedding but didn’t want to wait until Fall 2011. Soooo Sunday and Fridays were our only options 5 months ago.

    ANYWAY, I’m loving Sunday so far because we are planning the weekend to spend time with our Out of Town friends and family then the wedding will be the “grand finale” then we’ll jet off to our honeymoon Monday morning!

    The ceremony will be at 2:30 with the reception at 4:00. We’re having beer and wine and ipod for music, so it will be fun but nothing CRAZY! I plan on dancing the whole time. 🙂

    I CANT WAIT!! 

    Post # 24
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Our wedding was on a Friday evening. Out of 160 invitations, 110 people attended. A few folks left early because our reception featured only light refreshments and cake (no alcohol) and apparently they could not concieve of a Friday night w/o alcohol. Didn’t bother us a bit!

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    mine is on sunday.. and i know it will be tricky but am sticking to the sunday and i think it will work better than a friday because we have the saturday before to prep the place 

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Ours was on Sunday. Guests came either Friday or Saturday. We had big group dinners Friday and Saturday and hung out with guests on Saturday morning. If we’d had a Friday wedding we would have seen out of towners at the wedding and on Saturday morning for breakfast. Rehearsal on Thursday would have been really awkward too.

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I mostly voted Friday because I prefer evening events to afternoon events. And if was Sunday, I might try to get a flight/drive Sunday night and that would make everything much less fun.

    Post # 28
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    875 posts
    Busy bee

    I think that a Friday night would lend itself to a nice evening wedding, and if I were local it probably wouldn’t be a big deal to get to… As an out of town guest, I would probably rather have it be Friday with a plan of more casual celebrating Saturday, and possibly even Sunday morning.  Whereas, I think Sunday afternoon, I would be planning to depart the event and go home. 

    Post # 29
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    Buzzing bee

    Personally I’d rather attend a Friday wedding than a Sunday one. This way you have one day to recover and another to travel back home (if necessary). Sundays don’t leave you much time. 

    Post # 30
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I suppose Friday, because of the whole weekend to recover thing.

    I’ll be honest though, we went to an out-of-town wedding last Friday evening and I told The Guy I’m never going to another one. We both had to take a half day off work, and traffic was horrible, so the drive that’s normally two hours took 3+ and it was all very stressful and we were absolutely exhausted after having gotten up early/worked like crazy to be able to leave early.

    Having said that, if you don’t have any out-of-town guests then go for it. I know the people who didn’t have to come from out of town thought it was great, because they just jumped onthe subway after work, went to the wedding and then still got to enjoy a full weekend.

    Post # 31
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We’re doing a Sunday wedding, so I may be a bit biased 😉

    It will be so nice to have time on Friday & Saturday to tie up loose ends. Ceremony will be starting @ noon, w/ reception to start immediately after & going til 7pm. It’s not extremely late, and those that need to drive home (the longest is 2 hours) still have plenty of time to do so. We haven’t heard any complaints about it & it seems to work fine for everyone. Those that are flying in will have to take time off regardless, even if it was a Saturday event. 

    And although it is a Sunday, it will NOT stop us from partying. We are having an after-party that will go from 7:30/8-whenever.

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