(Closed) Friday Wedding

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How do you feel about Friday weddings?

    I'll be there no matter what day

    Sort of annoying I have to take off work

    If I'm not close with you I probably won't attend

    Other - Please explain

  • Post # 3
    3716 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    In your situation, Fiance and I would go. We would not be happy about it and some not so nice names might come out about your wedding. I would have to be at work super early or take a day off. We would do it because Fiance and I love weddings,  but I would view it as self-centered instead of guest-centered. 

    I have seen this work best if it over the summer, semi formal (not black tie), a kid friendly wedding (so parents don’t have to get the kids set with a babysitter), and have the ceremony start and 6 and the reception immediately after. I find that when you have to move from venue to venue on a Friday, there is rush hour traffic and it makes it for a long night. This is especially hard if people shifted their schedules for your wedding

    RDs are normally on Thursday, so your bridal party would need to take 2 days off. Again, I would not be happy, but would do it.

    Post # 4
    687 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I voted if we weren’t close, I wouldn’t go. I would much rather go to a Sunday afternoon wedding, personally.

    Post # 5
    2997 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would do it and not even think twice about it…I would prefer Friday over Sunday because I still would have the whole weekend.  As a guest you probably would only have to take a 1/2 day off.  For the people in the wedding, probably 2 days.  I would not think it was a big deal at all but I make my own schedule!

    Post # 6
    11535 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    My DH and I had a Friday night wedding on a holiday weekend, and we still had a fairly large (150 people) turnout.  Ours also was a semi-destination wedding, since our venue was about an hour and a half away from where I and the majority of our guests lived, three hours away from DH and his friends, four hours away from both sets of parents and some of our extended families, and much farther away than that for some of our other guests. We had our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on a Thursdsay night.

    Post # 7
    377 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m having a friday wedding but it’s local for 95% of my guests and I realize that not everyone is going to make it to the ceremony and may only make it to the reception (which I’m completely fine with- I would rather have a smaller ceremony and larger reception). I decided to do it on a friday because they have the best deals, most of my guest list likes to drink so a Sunday was out of the question, and it was local. If it was over 30 minutes away I would have never picked a friday.

    But this way if people still want to go away for the weekend or have weekend plans it won’t take their whole weekend up. I’m very pleased. Hopefully most of my guests will be as well 🙂

    Post # 8
    9251 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    It all depends- a Friday night wedding starting 6pm or later not a problem but a Friday afternoon wedding if you are not family or a close friend then I am more than likely not going to attend.

    Post # 9
    843 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I have no problem with it, I’d prefer it over a Sunday. My parents went to a Sunday night wedding and left early because they had work in the morning. One of my friends was griping because she had to ask off for Thursday and Friday for a few recent Friday weddings, but she didn’t have to pay a dime for her wedding and doesn’t understand people are trying to work on budgets to pay for their own weddings these days. I understand it and would be there!

    Post # 10
    4650 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    If it were later in the evening and I didn’t live more than a couple hours away, I’d be there, but may be late. (I can’t take off work, pretty much period.)

    On the other hand, I’m having a friday wedding that’s not local to almost anyone. But it’s really small, so I’m not super worried about it. Whoever shows up will show up. Friday is better than Sunday because you can still have the weekend ahead of you. We’re doing some fun stuff in our city of choice (since we’re flying back to the US for the wedding) on Saturday and Sunday that people are invited to join us for if the want as well, we’re just not paying for it haha.

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    @Pollywog: Not so nice names? Seems like an awfully small offense to be turning someone into gossip material over. (Am I misunderstanding?) Better not to go to a party than to go and complain about it, don’t you think?

    Post # 11
    1623 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Truthfully, I’d probably make it for the reception, but it would depend on how close we are for the ceremony (where I’d have to take a half day versus make up a few hours).  DH is a teacher so most likely if its over an hour he couldnt make it unless it was during the summer.

    Post # 12
    9071 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Unless you’re a very close friend or family member, I would not attend a weekday wedding.

    Edit: My husband is in the military. It would depend on him. If he was deployed, I would not go at all. We have no one to take care of our two pets and I would not want to leave them home alone while I was an hour and a half away. Not to mention, he may not be able to get the time off. The military isn’t lenient about that sort of stuff — they wanted to deploy him a few days before our wedding.

    Post # 13
    296 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    we’re having a friday wedding.  none of our guests have commented or seemed to care that it’s  on a friday. i think theyre all looking forward to having an excuse to take a long weekend.  😀 i say go for it!

    Post # 14
    1653 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @sarg88:  I’m having a Friday wedding.  Doing it mostly for savings.  my view is that if someone wants to attend, they will make it happen. 

    Post # 15
    1623 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Also want to add I was a bridesmaid in a great friends wedding that was on a Friday. I took off Friday and a half day Thursday (I live 1.5 hors away). As one of her bffs, I was so happy to do so, but I do think its different when you’re a guest versus in the Wedding Party. Her rehearsal was Thursday night. 


    for sure do whatever works for you guys as a couple! 🙂


    Post # 16
    593 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    It really just depends. If most of your guestlist is only an hour and a half away, then its not as big of a deal. For my Fiance and I, we would attend if it started after 6 or after. If we had to travel further, we probably would not attend because we’d have to miss a lot of work. Unless of course it was like our closest friends/family, then of course we would take the day off. I would start the ceremony at 6-6:30, cocktail hour 6:30-7:30 and dinner starting at 7:30. 

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