(Closed) friday vs. saturday vs. sunday (and a vendor question)

posted 11 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I like Friday weddings- I know it’s hard because some people have to take off work, etc., but it seems that Friday weddings leave the whole weekend to people at least, and also, people leave early on Sunday nights because of work Monday. I suppose if you’re having a luncheon or day wedding it might not matter, but if you’re having an evening reception, I say go with Friday! 

It is hard to choose vendors- I say choose carefully because I’ve regretted some decisions I made along the way and it’s an expensive change of heart sometimes! As for telling them thanks but no thanks, we didn’t really even have to worry about that because most vendors are so busy booking things, that if they don’t hear back from you they usually just assume you’re not going with them.

Good luck! 

Post # 4
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall

I think that Friday would be a better day for a 5pm wedding; that gives your guests the opportunity to enjoy themselves without worrying about work the next day (Monday morning). Best wishes 🙂

Post # 5
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Hi Megan!

I’d say that this question is one that you are actually going to know the best answer to more than anyone on here, because only you know where your guests are coming from, how mobile they are, and who it is most important for you to have with you on your big day. 

If most of the guest list VIPs live in the area and would not be driving long distances to come to your wedding, a 5:00 ceremony on Friday (which would be least expensive) would probably be fine. Local guests can probably leave work a little early, enjoy both the ceremony and the party, and go back home with no big problem. Of course, the same could be said for  Sunday for these guests, but most people would  probably enjoy having a day off to recover after the wedding. 

On the other hand, if your guests have to drive a long way and drive back home after the party (I’m thinking that for most people on my list, that would be considered anyone coming from between one to 3 hours away) or are coming from even further and will need a hotel room, a Friday wedding would require taking a day off of work, which is something that many people in the current economic climate cannot easily afford to do. 

For those same people who are driving but not staying overnight for your wedding, a Sunday might be fine, but they would likely have to leave your reception early in order to be home in time to get up for work the next morning. People staying overnight might not be able to attend on Sunday at all if they are unable to take the next day off from work. 

As I said, you know the circumstances of your guest list the best, and you know who it is most important for you to have around you on your big day. Make your plans with the VIPs of your guest list in mind, and hopefully everyone else will be able to work something out. You can never please everyone, but you can certainly do your best to find a happy compromise. 🙂 

Good luck!

Post # 6
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

Friday for sure!  Sunday is a bummer because you have to wake up for work on Monday… BOOOO!

Post # 7
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We did a Sunday early afternoon and it worked well.  People were still able to catch flights home after the wedding so they didn’t have to take any time off of work.  Friday wasn’t an option for us (Jewish wedding).  I think Friday works for mostly local guests, but it would definitely limit the number of guests if they need to travel.

Post # 9
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Megsss that sounds like a great idea. And to let a vendor know your not going to use them. I just shoot them an email and say we arent going to be using their services and thanks for their time, thats all you need to say. I know it is kind of uncomfortable but hey it is business. 

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