Friday wedding? Is it too inconvenient for guests?

posted 10 months ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I would be able to make it work, but I know quite a few people who wouldn’t. If you’re ok having a smaller wedding then I’m sure it would be fine. 

Is it also cheaper on a Sunday? Maybe you could have a Sunday brunch wedding. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

chitownyogini :  Are most of your guests in town, or will they be traveling?

I don’t mind Friday weddings, but I can take time off of work pretty easily and it’s not a big deal but I know not that’s not the case for everyone.

If you do it, I guess I would try to start everything as late as possible to give people more time to get there.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - City, State

I think this is one of those instances where you need to know your guests.  My husband and I had a Friday wedding and it was great.  Several of our guests even came from out of town. I don’t think anybody minded, though I suppose it’s possible we just weren’t told if they did.  I say do what’s best for you. You can’t please everyone. If it’s too great an inconvenience for someone, they could always decline to attend.  If you’re worried the majority of your guests will be inconvenienced, maybe ask a sample size of people you plan to invite what they think of a Friday wedding and see what they say. Then, plan accordingly.  chitownyogini :  

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I think in general Friday weddings are less convenient for your guests, so you may end up with fewer “yes” RSVPs if people don’t have flexible work schedules. 

 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I am in my best friends wedding which is on a Friday. I know personally I have to take two days off of work for the rehearsal and the day of the wedding so that kind of thing will impact your immediate family and bridal party and as well as out of town guests. I won’t lie, I am of the mindset that Friday and Sunday weddings are a little inconvenient specifically because that means most people have to take a day off from work if it’s on Friday. But planning my wedding I know it’s hard to have everything you want within a certain budget. So I think you should probably expect more people to decline due to work and traveling, but I don’t think it’s SUPER inconvenient. Don’t worry about having it on a Friday unless one of your VIP’s can’t make it due to this.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

My cousin had a Friday wedding, but it made no real difference to us (we were living on the other side of the country at the time, and had to travel anyway).

I think it depends how much notice you give – the more notice, the more flexible people can be with their schedules.

Leave it late, and well, expect fewer RSVPs

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

What time would your ceremony start? Is the venue easy to get to?

We are having our small wedding on Friday (ceremony at 5pm and most people who are coming will already be off work), our Mehendi party on Saturday, and our large Hindu wedding on Sunday. But our Friday wedding is only going to be about 35 guests (close friends & family) and most have already confirmed that the day/time works for them.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I had a Friday evening wedding. Most of our guests were local. We gave guests the opportunity to eat as soon as they got to the venue (6:45 pm) and the ceremony was at 8:30 pm. It worked out well. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

I wouldnt take a half day off work for a Friday wedding. I would attend if I was local, but 6 pm is much too early IMO. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

6pm is good I think if its fairly local to where everyone lives?

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