(Closed) HELP….Sunday wedding??

posted 11 years ago in Logistics
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I am also having a Sunday wedding at night.  It is Martin Luther King Day the next day, so most guests should have the next day off!

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

sundays are fine – start a little earlier. people prob don’t want to be partying till wee hours so factor that into your timeline, etc. who knows you might even get some discounts since it’s not the most popular day of the week!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re having a Sunday afternoon wedding (over by 6 so anyone who needs to get home to take care of things or catch a plane still has plenty of time) and I’m really starting to love the idea.  I’m a bit nervous because I’ve never been to a non-Saturday-night wedding, but then I think about all the lovely daylight-lit photos we’ll get of our guests throughout the entire reception, it makes me happy.  It’s also allowed us a lot of negotiating room with vendors, cheaper rates with caterers and our pick of awesome Chicago photographers who are all available on that date (in the middle of ‘wedding season,’ no less) and even willing to throw in lots of extras, lower their normal rates, etc.  I’ve become a big fan of the Sunday wedding, from the planning side, at least ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2020

Jessie~ Schools have Columbus Day off in our area, so that means parents take it off. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re having a Saturday ceremony on that weekend, but I expect that people will stay Sunday night as well. 

Post # 21
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Newbee

For various reasons beyond my control, I’m potentially going to be a Sunday bride, too.  I’m a bit puzzled when people say they don’t want to be out past 7pm on Sundays.  Are people actually going to bed at that hour?  I hope this was not considered a rude question. I’m being sincere and I just want to have an idea why so many people are opposed to Sunday night weddings.  I’m thinking about ending mine by 11pm, mainly due to venue restrictions.  Don’t we go out on a weekday sometime?  And what about staying up a little bit late than usual for a friend, once in a lifetime?  Thanks for weighing in, everyone!

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m a NY 10.10.10 bride also (sunday of columbus day weekend) and we are saving money only on the venue so far ($15 a person).  It is a REALLY popular date, so if you are thinking of booking that date, I say run now!!!  We have most vendors booked thank God!!  And I only picked the sunday of columbus day weekend to save money, not realizing how popular the date would be.  In NY, its a federal holiday, so banks and schools are closed. 

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Sunday wedding was the way to go for us. We decided to have a destination wedding in new homestate – I am from RI, He is from Denver and now we live in San Francisco Area.

 

Sunday was so much more affordable – It allowed our budget to be stretched so much further. Discounts on Sunday – and discount for off-season – Oh yeah – Discount for last minute wedding 100 days out!

 

Since 99% of the guests are travelling – we had it on a Sunday 12:30 Ceremony 2-6 reception. Most guests will fly in on Friday and Leave Monday – Making it a long weekend with only 1 day off work – Worst case scenario – someone could take a red-eye flight post-wedding back to East Coast if they HAD to be back on Monday morning for work.

 

I went to a Sunday evening wedding once 5pm – 11pm and 75% of the guests left around 8pm. So I would pick the Sunday Afternoon over Sunday night. If night was mandatory I would pick Friday Night over Sunday Night.

 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think that choosing a date other than a Saturday is a great way to save some $$ and I think that it does kind of make your wedding stand out a bit.  We considered doing that, and even went so far as to talk to our bridal party and family that would be travelling in from out of town to see where they weighed in on the issue.  Most of them said that even if we did the wedding on Saturday, they would probably still take one day off of work for the event…so why not make that day off a Monday?

With all that being said, we eventually settled on a Saturday night…but we seriously considered a Sunday wedding for a while.  One thing to keep in mind, if you do choose a Sunday you will more than likely not be able to get into the venue before that morning…just keep that in mind while chooing decor and set-up items as timing could be a factor, as well as not being able to do a rehearsal.  Both of those things can be worked around, so it’s not a red light on the idea, just something to think about.

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I had a Sunday wedding and it turned out perfect! The venue was only available on a Sunday and booked through the end of the year. We had alot of out of town guests but let them know as soon as the date was picked that they would need to take that Monday off. We had no complaints. The wedding started at four and ended around 10. Some in town guests trickled off early that needed to be to work the next morning. We actually would up moving the party to another location and celebrated until about two in the morning! Everyone has told us what a great time they had:) It is YOUR day!

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are getting married on a Sunday. I am Jewish so a Saturday wedding is a big no no for us (even though we are having a civil ceremony as Dear Fiance is not Jewish).

We are having our ceremony at 1pm, followed by lunch which should all be finished by 6pm ish. That gives people plenty of time to get back home and not have to take the following day off work.

All the other Jewish weddings we go to are dinner dances and don’t finish til past midnight, which can be a pain as Dear Fiance is a teacher and can’t negotiate going into work on the Monday morning any later and definitely can’t take a days holiday.

Oh, and its absolutely no cheaper for a Sunday wedding for us. All the venues asked for minimum numbers that were slightly lower than on a Saturday. Our venue (which also provides food and alcohol) holds 100- for a Saturday wedding we needed 80 people but for our Sunday wedding we only needed 60 people, however the cost of each person is not reduced at all.

Post # 27
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Helper bee

Not a fan of Sunday weddings… They’re great if you don’t really want too much dancing or partying.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m a Sunday bride too (FI is Jewish), but we’re getting married on 4th of July.  Most people I know have Monday off since the 4th is a Sunday… those that aren’t will take the day off work or they will have to figure it out! 

When we were trying to pick a date, we definitely thought about having a Sunday morning wedding with a brunch reception.  If it’s important to you that you have a big party reception with lots of dancing, then I would just have it on a Sunday and let your guests deal with it as they choose.  For a friend, I would risk being a little hung over/tired on a Monday morning in order to have the time of my life on my friend’s big day.  I’m sure your friends will feel the same way! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ooh, and Sundays were definitely cheaper for most venues that we looked at- only one venue out of 8 said that they would charge us more (since it was a holiday). 

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sunday here as well.  All the good Saturdays had already been booked ๐Ÿ™

Hopefully none of our guests hate us for it!  But we are ending it promptly at 10pm so that people can drive home, etc. Though, for the most part, the farthest most are traveling is about 1.5 hours. We have about a dozen out of town guests, but we figured they’d be traveling anyway and would take some time off.  What’s another day! And cheaper airfare on Mondays!

I’d be sad if everyone left early though. The dancing wouldn’t be as fun!  Maybe I can ask them to prolong the dinner service so people are forced to stay, HAHA!

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i’m a sunday 10/10/10 bride, too! we were determined to get married on a “fun” date, so we were just happy that it fell on a weekend. also, 10/11/10 is columbus day so some people may be out of work the following monday. we’ve decided since 10/10/10 is a sunday, to get married at 3pm and serve cake, h’ordeuvres, mimosas, and a signature drink.

Post # 31
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Bumble Beekeeper

Yep, I’m with most everyone else — Sunday’s a great day for a wedding!

Possible problems you might run into DO include the church/pastor being unavailable (for morning ceremonies in particular) if you’re thinking of going that route, or guests not wanting to stay too late into the evening if they have to work in the morning, but Sundays overall make for great brunch receptions, and you can have a whole weekend to prepare (or hang with your Out of Town guests!).

Go for it!

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