(Closed) Holiday Weekend Weddings- Are they a good or bad thing?

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 17
1955 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

There was another thread on this a while ago, I think, and I was super shocked at how many people were against a wedding on a holiday weekend…I think it’s great bc it gives everyone an extra day to either recover or relax while spending a fun weekend sharing people’s joy and celebrating! It never even occurred to me that having a wedding on a holiday weekend might upset people, so I say go for it! Although most of these discussions revolved around 3-day weekends such as labor day, memorial day, etc….a wedding on xmas, thanksgiving, etc might be kind of wierd…

Post # 18
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Our wedding was the day before Memorial Day.

It was a GREAT choice for us and really helped our family and friends gather for our event. Granted, we had a small wedding and would spend the holiday with those few friends and family most likely anyway. It helped our guests that it was a long weekend. If we had more guests, we might have run into people who had other plans (or even another wedding!).

Bonus: most every year going forward we’ll have a three-day weekend around our anniversary. Of course since Memorial Day isn’t always on the same date, it won’t always be ON our anniversary, but still a nice bonus!

Post # 19
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Personally I’d never pick a holiday weekend, mainly because I relish those long weekends, and mostly want to spend them recharging my batteries. I’d have to be very close or related to a couple to go to a wedding over a holiday weekend. The only exception to this is NYE, I would LOVE to go to a NYE wedding, I think it would be a blast.

Post # 20
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We chose our wedding day because it was Columbus Day weekend and we wanted to get discount Sunday prices with the benefits of a Saturday wedding (no work the next day).  It just happened to be 10/10/10!

I wouldn’t mind going to a wedding on a holiday weekend at all, but I don’t have many holiday traditions, like camping or going to the beach.  As long as it’s not Christmas or Thanksgiving I’ll be there!

Post # 21
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House

Fiance and I really wanted a NYE wedding.  We attended one a few years ago and it was our favorite wedding by far!  Why go to a bar and pay over $100 to wait in line and party with people you don’t know, when you can go to a wedding, have great drinks, dance, and see everyone you love?  We ended up not going with NYE because the prices are higher on that night because of demand, but we’re still having it on New Year’s weekend – just on the Saturday.  It’s working out really well for our family and wedding party because they don’t have to take extra days off.  On the other hand, I ended up not going to a friend’s wedding that was the Sat. after thanksgiving because the flights were really expensive and I didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving day alone.

Post # 22
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I thought about having ours on a Labor Day weekend this year since it was also our anniversary, but the place we’re getting married would be a ZOO since it’s a popular holiday weekend place and I knew it would be harder to get around and find the vendors.  This way there will be a nice lull the weekend before the holiday and we’ll get around much easier.

Post # 24
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We’re getting married the weekend before Memorial Day, so that we can go on a mini-moon on the holiday weekend.  My only problem with holiday weekend weddings is that sometimes it’s difficult for people to get days off attached to long weekends…this is espeically important for people that are in the wedding party.  I know that I, as a teacher, can absolutely not take days off attached to a long weekend or vacation….and I know there are other jobs that have the same policies.  People have a better chance of taking time off during a holiday-free work week.  I honestly have no problem going to a wedding on a holiday weekend, but I can understand why people could feel a little put out by it.  My best friend got married on July 4th, and I thought it was great….fireworks in the background at the recpetion were AMAZING…but I know a lot of people were annoyed about it.  Honestly, the couple getting married just needs to do what works best for them and their guests.  That’s my two cents 🙂

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