(Closed) Friday weddings vs. Saturday weddings

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

I had a Friday wedding, and I loved it! I think it probably cost us a little less than a Saturday wedding would have, but we mostly did it because Darling Husband is in law school, and we wanted the whole weekend for our “mini moon.” None of our guests declined specifically because our wedding was on a Friday, which I was thankful for, and everyone had a blast! No complaints here!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For the vendors, like photography, dj and videography, we got 1/2 off for having a Friday wedding. Venue also had a cheaper menu option for Fridays. Friday wedding it it!!!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I had a Friday wedding for my first wedding, and you can expect to have a lot of people not show for the ceremony but later for the reception, so make sure to have a lnog cocktail hour and dinner start where everyone has enough time to arrive and sit down for dinner (and be changed from work clothes).

 

The savings can be 10% or more for catering. Saturdays are so much better, or even Sundays.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would have to be very close to someone to spend a vacation day on their wedding.  My time off work is extremely precious and carefully scheduled.

That being said, I would have been perfectly fine with only having my very nearest and dearest at my wedding.  We had a larger event because my husband wanted one.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

FRIDAY: Tends to be less expensive, more options with venue/vendors (less likely to be booked), requires a relatively late start (I’d say 6pm or later b/c people have to leave work), fewer Out of Town guests will attend b/c they’ll probably have to take a day off in order to travel

SATURDAY: Tends to be more expensive, fewer options with venue/vendors, can have your events at any time you like, more Out of Town guests

 

As far as preference goes, as an Out of Town guest, I’d definitely prefer Saturday. But I’m not bothered by Friday weddings in the slightest. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i am having a friday wedding, the dj was about half the cost. the venue wasnt half off but not as much as a saturday. you might get less guess but if you send out the invites with time for people to request off the people who you want to be there, will be.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had a semi destination wedding (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours from some guests) so we chose a Saturday. That way none of the guests or the bridal party were inconvienced with having to take off work. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I probably would have had a friday wedding if I didn’t like the actual date of the saturday better. I loved the idea of my wedding date being 12-1-12 rather then 11-30-12. It would have saved me some money if I would have went the other route but now that I think about it I am glad I picked saturday because it is less of an inconvenience for a lot of the guests that can’t take off work or have to come after work etc (even though I know that some people work on saturdays)

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Mine is on Friday.. I figured people could leave work early to come to our 6pm ceremony, however everyone took the day off. Now I feel bad 🙁

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

As far as a guest I think I’d rather attend a Saturday wedding, not because I’d have to take off work to get there in time on Friday (I end early enough that this wouldn’t be a problem for me) but I’d be frazzled getting home and getting dolled up for a wedding, where on Saturday I’d be relaxed and so much more refreshed and in a good mood for the wedding. Like on Fridays I just want to go home and be comatose. I need to recover from the week and sleep. AFter I’ve had some sleep and am not as exhausted, I’m much more ready to party.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Friday

As a bride – cost wise, more better!

As a guest – take leave, restricted parking if its in city centre,

I chose Saturday night because i wanted a bit more convenience for my guests..

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I can see the cost savings in a friday wedding but I’m personally a fan of Saturday.

It can be very difficult to leave work early, scramble around getting dressed and drive to a wedding in traffic. I was in a Friday wedding and that was a major inconvenience for me especially as a member of the bridal party.

I think if you can swing it, go for Saturday.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m having a Friday wedding.  The reason we chose Friday was because venues book up over a year in advance in our area on Saturdays.  We didn’t want to wait a year to get married, and we didn’t want to compromise and get a venue we weren’t thrilled with.  We got a little bit of savings, but not a ton, maybe 3% of our total budget.  The advantage for us really came from us having our first choice for all of our vendors since they weren’t booked on Friday night.  So far, we have not gotten any declines because it is on a Friday, which is great, but on the other hand we invited more people than we wanted to because we figured there would be a lot of people would RSVP no!  Fail, haha.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@janetsnakehole:  totally personal:

We’re having a friday wedding, which makes it cheaper and easier cause it’s more common for vendors to be available (and charge less) on fridays, however I’m a bit worried about people not being able to atted the ceremony cause they’re still at work. Fi tells me that everyone who’s really important will make an effort to be there on time, but I’m still a bit worried.

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