(Closed) Friday weddings?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Would you have or did you have a friday wedding?

    Yes!! I am planning a Friday wedding or had a Friday wedding!!

    No way!

    I didn't care either way, but Saturday worked for my venue, so a Saturday wedding it is!

    Not yet engaged but wouldn't mind a Friday wedding

    Not yet engaged but would only have a Saturday wedding

    Sunday Bee over here!!!!!

  • Post # 62
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I don’t mind Friday weddings at all, most of the time the cocktail doesn’t start till 7pm anyway. I’m  just not a fan of Sunday weddings

    Post # 63
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

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    @LilRhodyGem:  Woohoo for popular wedding locations! :/

    Post # 65
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Ours cost the same so we picked Saturday. I have no issues with Friday weddings.If you have teachers who are close and inviting children, just make sure you start it late.

    Post # 66
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    Bumble bee

    I had a Friday wedding and there were a few people who cold not get the time off for the ceremony but that was fine they all still came to the reception. No one had issues and no one said anything. A lot of our out of town guests were thrilled because they had an extra day to travel home, mind you most of them are also retired.

    What drives me nuts is people complaining about work. Guess what?! I work weekends! No one seems to care asking me to take off Saturdays (and when you work a comission based job you’re loosing out on the busiest day of the week…. meaning a lot of cash).

    Post # 67
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    We’re having a Friday wedding, only because we had no certain time of year we wanted to get married so decided on my birthday, which happened to fall on a Friday. If our friends and family want to be there then they’ll be there. Not everyone works Mon-Fri anyway so I dont think it will be an issue.

    Post # 68
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We had a Friday wedding, 4PM ceremony. Everyone that we knew would come was there, including all of the out of town guests. It was great–our venue’s Saturday minimum for 2013 was $15k, but we were able to talk them into giving us 2012 pricing, so we only had to hit the $5k Friday minimum.

    Post # 69
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    Sugar Beekeeper

    @SimplyEuphoric:  We had a Friday wedding that was out of town by two hours for DH’s side of the familly and at an opposite side of the state for my family. Our ceremony started at 6:30 pm. 

    Out of the 160 people invited we had 130 people show. Of all the people that tried to complain or made a big fuss out of it the ONLY person who genuinely had an issue was DH’s grandma…who is retired and doesn’t even work. After the wedding we had a big family BBQ and soooo many people said they actually enjoyed having the weekend after the wedding to still enjoy. 

    We saved quite a bit of money having a Friday wedding whicih was a bonus and in the end we did what worked best for us. We gave all guests 9+ months notice with STD’s.

    Post # 70
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I had my wedding on a Friday at 3pm! We only had our parents in attendance, but with that being said….if I cared enough about someone or truly wanted to attend I would make it happen. 

    People can make excuses about their work week, vacation time, expense, distance, etc regarding incovenience, but if they really want to be there they will make it happen. If not? Oh well. Guess xyz was more important. 

    I say go for it, but go in expecting less guests and try and shoot for a later time. 

    Post # 71
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We are having a Friday wedding, ceremony starts at 6:30pm. It is saving us about $3,000 for the venue and I believe we got a discount from the DJ too. Not everyone works 9-5, my fiance and a lot of our guests are cops so they would have had to take off work no matter what day our wedding is. I’m sure everyone who wants to be there, will find a way to be there. And if not, oh well! You will miss a fun party 🙂

    Post # 72
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - Los Willows Wedding Estate

    i had the same issue but we chose sunday instead of friday which means our ceremony will start around 1 or 2 so that people dont get home too late because everyone works the next day

    Post # 73
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    It would be very hard for people to get off work.  Maybe since you want a small ceremony, send invites for a reception only to the majority of people.  Just ask them to please join you in celebrating your marriage.  I think it is the best of both worlds- intimate ceremony and then everyone at your party

    Post # 74
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We started at 7:30 and ended about 10:30 p.m. on a Friday. We had a great turnout and it gave people plenty of time to get home and change. I was hesitant but it worked out great for us anyway!

    Post # 75
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’m generally not in favor of Friday weddings, but it could just be my experience with them.  Anyone I know who’s done a Friday wedding has done it because they couldn’t afford an extravagant venue on a Saturday.  I just feel it’s a little inconsiderate when the family/couple COULD afford something very nice on a Saturday, but will move the whole wedding to a Friday because “very nice” isn’t good enough.  It has to be THE BEST OF THE BEST.  And then to me it becomes about impressing their guests and giving off a certain image of themselves, more than it is about being considerate of their guests.

     

    If the couple was legitimately trying to cut costs and save money I have no issue with a Friday wedding, but I see no reason for a $65K wedding on a Friday.  I know that if we chose to do a Friday we could have used a fancier venue than we are — but our venue is beautiful and ultimately we felt it was more important to be considerate of our guests.  It’s not fair in my opinion to expect your friends and family to take time off of work to attend your wedding (and I have seen brides get very angry when someone they wanted at their wedding couldn’t take a Friday off to be at their wedding). 

     

    On the other hand if you are genuinely prepared for some of your guests to not make it, and you are OK with that, or if you want a small wedding or aren’t bothered by a smaller turnout, then that seems okay to me.

     

    I don’t mean to offend anyone–as I said, this is based soley on my own experience and people I’ve dealt with in this situation, but I’m well aware that no circumstances are the same.  Personally I would go with a Sunday over a Friday.

     

    Post # 76
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA

    I was married on a saturday (only because it was a DW) But i would totally attend a Friday wedding:) Knowing i dont have to go to work the next day! 🙂

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