Post # 1
I’m just wondering if any other Bee’s have had Friday weddings or plan to? The venue that I am in love with has a 175 min at $10 more a plate on saturdays, and friday is a 125 min. We are planning on inviting 150 and think with the out of towners about 130 will come. In my eyes, its pointless to spend the extra money on empty places just ot have a Saturday wedding, so we are choosing a friday!
I’m just wondering if this is a common idea to help cut costs? I’ve personally never been to a Friday wedding before.
Post # 4
I have been to several Friday weddings. The key is to start late so that people can get home from work, change, and get to your venue. If you are comfortable with this, then have photos before your ceremony. Is there anyone from out of town you really want there? They might have to travel on a Friday, so think about this.
Post # 5
I’ve gone to Friday weddings before, didn’t mind one bit. As long as ceremony/reception starts later in the evening (like 6:30 or 7), it’s not an issue for me. And since I’m off the next day, I would have no issues.
Post # 6
I’ve definitely been to Friday weddings before and the difference I’ve noticed is that they tend to start later like PP’s mentioned.
Post # 7
Thanks guys for your input!! I actually WANT a very small ceremony, so I think friday will work perfect! We can have an earlyish ceremony (like 4:30-5:00 or so) to keep it small, have plenty of time to take pictures after the ceremony before the other guests arrive for the reception.
Post # 8
Starting at 4:30-5:00 on a Friday? I wouldn’t do it. Even if you plan on having a small ceremony. One of my friends did a 5:00 wedding, and really wanted me there. I would have been, if I didn’t find out that I was starting a new job that week, and had to be there for training. There was no compromise on the training, so I had to miss the wedding. I still regret it.
My number one thing about Friday weddings, if you can’t start at or after 6:00PM, it’s a bad idea. This means people will atutomatically need to take off work. They are going to feel at an imposition.
Post # 9
I think you need to consider traffic in your area when setting a time. Friday afternoons in my area is a nightmare – I usually leave between 2 and 3pm on Fridays, and my 5 mile drive takes me 30-45 minutes (it takes 15 in the morning)…and it just gets expotentially worse the later in the day that I leave.
Post # 10
@SimplyEuphoric: I had a Friday wedding, and didn’t hear complaints from anyone!! Two of my friends’ husbands couldn’t get off work, but they were there! I say go for it! The people who truly want to be there will be there regardless of the day you have it on.
ETA:My ceremony started at 6, I don’t recommend much earlier than that.
Post # 11
i wouldnt have a Friday wedding personally just for fear that certain people wouldn’t get the time off work (teacher friends etc) and children would be at school and parents might struggle if kids are in school.
I’ve attended about 20 weddings and only 1 has been on a Friday (all others were Saturdays) but we really didnt mind booking the day off as it was a very close friend, whereas if it was a more distant friend I might not want to book the day off…
Post # 12
I wouldn’t mind a Friday wedding if it was local. However, I am going to a Friday wedding next week that is a 3-4 hour drive so I now have to take off 2 days of work instead of 1. It’s very inconvenient for people who have to travel.
Post # 13
Because we wanted a specific venue, and were *way* below the Saturday evening food and beverage minimum, we had to choose between a Friday or Sunday brunch. We chose Sunday. We figured people who travelled from afar would take one day off work – if it were Friday, they would have had to take two days off work.
Post # 14
Hi. I am planning a Friday wedding. We will do a First Look and some family photos before the wedding. The ceremony is at 5:30pm with dinner and dancing to follow. It will formally wrap up at 11PM and if we like, we’ll take the party elsewhere. For us, Friday was a great choice. We will be able to enjoy the weekend and depart for our honeymoon on Monday without being too rushed around. My parents got married on a Friday back in 1968 and perhaps if they hadn’t done that, I’d not be open to Fridays but they did and loved it so I said – Why not?! My two older siblings were married on Saturdays and they had great weddings too. Whateva floats your boat, girlie!
Post # 15
I think Friday weddings are a great way to cut costs! 🙂
Post # 16
We actually had no choice but to have it on a friday, but our venue and our photographer are cheaper bc it’s a friday so we definitely don’t mind!