(Closed) Friday Weddings: Guest Concerns?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I was a guest at a Friday evening wedding that I had to fly to recently. Here’s what I noticed:

(1) I had to take the day off on Friday to fly out there which wasn’t ideal for me, but I understood re the money saving for the bride and made it a little mini-vacation for me. But so as not to have to leave work early on Thursday, I flew out on Friday morning. The thing I noticed was that it was a tight turn around to get from the airport, to the town where the wedding was and then get changed/pretty and get to a late afternoon (4:30) ceremony. And if my flight had been at all delayed I would have had to go to the ceremony in my airport clothes.

(2) The part that surprised me was the in-town guests – a large number skipped the church wedding b/c of work and just went to the evening reception. I was really surprised by that. Her ceremony was maybe 1/3 of the people who showed up at the reception.

I wonder if you could counterbalance it being on a Friday by making it later in the day to accomodate jobs and same-day travelers?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hello!

I did have some family members say they will need to get out of work earlier but that they were glad we told them last year it was on a friday. We only have 4 guests from out of town so I do not think they will make it. Other than that we are all good. Also our day fall on Veterans Day and a lot of companies are closed. My job and Fiance job are closed that day.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hello!

I did have some family members say they will need to get out of work earlier but that they were glad we told them last year it was on a friday. We only have 4 guests from out of town so I do not think they will make it. Other than that we are all good. Also our day fall on Veterans Day and a lot of companies are closed. My job and Fiance job are closed that day.

Post # 6
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Newbee

@NJmeetsBX: We are booked our wedding on a Friday, and so far, no complaints! I think people look at it as a nice long weekend!!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We were debating between a Friday and Sunday, and we decided with the Sunday. We dont have many Out of Town guests but we dont want to force people to get off work early or rush to the wedding, get stuck in traffic, etc. For us, that was the reason!

There are definitely some Pros and Cons, you cant expect to please everyone. So if the date has a special significance then go for it and to hell what others think of it! Best of Luck!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

As a guest it depends on the job and the time of the year. We are busy from Nov to March and taking a radom Friday off just pisses off a lot of people in the work area. I think I would be okay with taking off a few hours early, but a whole day I might not be okay with. Only because I would have to deal with my daughter and school and making sure my mother could babysit. I’m sure with enough notice, then it should be fine.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We, too, are having our wedding on a Friday and most of our guests will be travelling from Out of Town.  We informed all of our Out of Town guests about 3 months ago that the wedding is booked for a Friday evening.  We are also still 8 months out and will be sending our Save-The-Date Cards (haha) next month to further highlight the Friday wedding.

We are having the ceremony begin at 6:30 PM so that everyone has ample time to get to the hotel, check in, get ready, etc.  We are also providing a shuttle from the hotel to the venue.  Once guests get to the venue, we will have wine, water, and a light cookie (probably shortbreads) to greet the guests.

No one has complained about the Friday thus far and most people are actually taking the Thursday off too so that they can make a 4 day weekend out of it!  It also allows Fiance and I to really enjoy our wedding weekend before being whisked off to the honeymoon.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Let me preface this by sayingt hat you and your Fiance have to plan what is best for YOU for your wedding.

But if I were invited to an Out of Town Friday wedding, I would likely be unable to attend unless it was for my absolute best friend or very close family.  I already don’t get enough vacation days for Darling Husband and I to get a break once a year and be able to travel to see family at the holidays (we live very far from all family members) so I really don’t have the extra time to take off to go to a non-weekend wedding.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have been to several Friday weddings and without fail the majority of guests always skip the ceremony and just go to the reception. It might not happen for you, but just be prepared for it.

I think it’s the biggest pain for the wedding party who have to be in town that Thursday for the rehearsal. I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man in a Friday wedding and that’s what I had to do. I was also on my own in the hotel the first night since Darling Husband didn’t want to take 2 whole days off.

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