- 5 years ago
- Wedding: January 2018
I’m a long-time snooper, but this is my first post 🙂
I am in the process of booking my dream venue for our Jan 2018 wedding. We were originally thinking a Saturday night wedding, but looking at costs I’m now leaning towards Friday or Sunday instead. I’m having trouble deciding and could use some help! Here are the pros and cons as I see it:
First you should know: it’s a destination wedding, so pretty much everyone will need to travel at least some distance and spend at least one night, but I suspect most will stay two nights or more (the wedding will be in Colorado, but we will have guests coming from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, the DR, and Europe).
Sunday is the cheapest option as far as venue fees.
PROS: The site fee is $2k cheaper than a Saturday wedding and the food and beverage minimum is $4k cheaper. Guests will also get a cheaper rate for Sunday night, and our domestic guests could probably get away with just taking 1 day (the following Monday) off to attend.
CONS: Guests will have to pay the much higher weekend rate for Saturday night (and potentially Friday night as well) if they decide to come early – and since this will be a winter wedding in the mountains we are advising people come early just in case travel to the site becomes an issue. Plus any rehearsal dinner space we book (haven’t decided if it will be through the same venue or somewhere else…) will be subject to those higher weekend fees that would come with a Saturday night hosted rehearsal dinner.
Friday is still cheaper than Saturday, but a bit more expensive…
PROS: $1k cheaper site fee and $2k cheaper food and beverage minimum. While accommodation the night OF the wedding would be weekend rate they’d get the week rate for Thursday night (and earlier, if people choose to stay longer. My family will probably be at the site for 4/5 days leading up to the wedding). Also we are looking at the first weekend after New Years, so potentially people could still be on their holiday break from work or school that week. Finally, we’d get cheaper rates for a Thursday night rehearsal dinner.
CONS: If they are not on holiday, people would probably have to take Thursday AND Friday off work (if not Wednesday as well) to arrive in time for a Thursday Rehearsal dinner. While cheaper than Saturday, the wedding itself is more expensive than the Sunday option.
Than of course there’s the last option, which would be to just swallow the cost and host a Saturday wedding because maybe that’s just the most convenient… What do you think??? I have to decide soon. HELP!