(Closed) Friday Wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We are having a Friday wedding and over 80% of our guests can make it. But that decline rate also includes the +1s we gave to single people, so if they aren’t bringing anyone it still counts as a decline. 

Post # 4
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Have you thought about a Sunday wedding? More people would be able to make a Sunday than a Friday.

ETA: Just going off friends’ past experiences with Friday weddings and how difficult it was to make it on time.

Post # 5
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I have been to a Friday wedding and yes it is more difficult for people to get to (especially if it starts at like 5) but, people will get there.  It’s an important day and those who matter will make it and it will probably help get some No’s from people too.

Post # 6
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My cousin had a Friday wedding.  Everyone in my family went (we mostly all took the day off work) and it was great!  I was happy to have an excuse to take a day off to be honest.  I think everyone realizes that you save money doing it that way, and I would definitely prefer Friday to a Sunday wedding, because at least you can sleep in the next day.


Post # 8
1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

One of my friends had a Friday evening black tie wedding.

The Catholic ceremony was at 6:30 pm and the reception began at 8 pm. It was an all night affair and we had a BLAST!

I did take off work a little early so that I could get home and get ready, but I was perfectly fine with it.

If it was a family wedding far away, I always generally arrive on Thursday, anyways, so I’d still make the wedding, just probably not rehearsal dinner.

Post # 9
1098 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We had a Friday wedding and it was great, it was $3000 cheaper than a Saturday and it had almost no impact on our guest count. Of all the people we invited we only had 6 people that couldn’t make it and only 3 of those were due to that fact that the wedding was on a Friday. 

Post # 10
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I had a Friday evening wedding.  For my family it was a Destination Wedding.  They all came down on Wed and stayed thru Sunday and either drove back or flew back.  We got married in FL and so they had a few days vaca at the Beach too. 

As for DH’s side, all were local except Father-In-Law.  No one took of work, I think most left an hour early.  Two of our Groomsmen have Fridays off and work Sundays.  We had it start at 6:30pm.  No one was late  and it went off without a hitch.

Post # 11
585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Korenne:  I think Friday weddings are fine! I think you may notice more people skipping the ceremony if it starts before 6, but otherwise I think it’s a MILLION times better than a Sunday.

Post # 12
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014


FI’s friend recently had a Friday wedding – and it was the first Friday wedding we’ve attended – and it was fine.  However, we did feel a bit scrambled to get ready after work and arrive on time for the 6:30PM ceremony.  The cermeony also started 30 mins late, because people kept coming in (late guests – but who could blame them).

Post # 13
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had a friday wedding, ceremony started at 6:30, and for most guests, it wasn’t a problem. It was cheaper for us to do it on a friday and we basically partied most of the night! 

Post # 14
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Korenne:  We had a Friday wedding! No one had a hard time making it to the wedding,  the wedding started at 4, so anyone who couldn’t take the full day off took a half day. Our venue had a 100 guest minimum for Saturdays and our budget only allowed for 90 guests so thats how we ended with a Friday wedding! 

Post # 15
1210 posts
Bumble bee

I personally don’t like Friday weddings. If its someone I’m close to, I will take a half day of vacation and attend the ceremony. Otherwise, I likely won’t attend, especially if its out of town. I like to use my vacation days for vacations!

PS – This is just my opinion. I have been to several very lovely and fun Friday weddings. I just would not choose to have one myself.


Post # 16
1634 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I flew in for a Friday night wedding that started at 5. Those that don’t mind using a vacation day will come. 

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