(Closed) Labor Day Weekend Wedding – Good idea or not?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We married on the Sunday of last Labor Day weekend and have no regrets. Our Out of Town guests really appreciated having an extra day to travel, and we’ll have 3-day weekends to do mini-getaways for our anniversary on most years in the future (heck, even if the actual anniversary isn’t on Labor Day weekend, we can still travel and celebrate; it will be close enough!)

Post # 4
13292 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally, I have annual plans on Labor Day every year that I’ve already committed to, so you might run into issues like that.

Post # 5
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Would be good. But keep in mind some of your guests might work in food service or leisure activities and may not be able to go.

My work requires us to work memorial day, labor day & 4th of july weekends, we can’t get out of it.

We get fired if we miss.

Post # 6
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Maybe even some retail stores that have large sales around then, too.

Post # 7
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We got married the Saturday of last Labor Day weekend. People will either be able to come to your wedding, or they won’t. You won’t be able to please everyone as weddings are usually inconvenient for most people. Have the wedding when you want.

Post # 8
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@GMelanie:  My parents did. Send invites a bit earlier, or… if you want less guests, send them later 😉

Post # 9
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We’ve attended weddings during Memorial Day, Labor Day and 4th of July weekends the last few years, and it’s really made it easier on us for travel. That said, hotel prices seem to be higher during these times.

Post # 10
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think it’s fine. People will either come or not. In this case though Save-The-Date Cards would probably be a good idea!

Post # 11
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@GMelanie:  I’m getting married on Labor Day. While there are some murmerings that the weekend preceding it would have been the absolute best choice, our guests are generally happy for the oportunity to extend their little vacations (everyone is coming in from out of town, including the bride, groom, and ther parents)


Go for it! I’m really happy with my choice so far. I have the pick of all of my vendors, as I’m not competing with anyone else for the same date. 🙂


As other Bee’s have said, get those invitaitons or STD’s out quick! I’ve got all of my materials in to make my own, so I should be getting mine out thi week or next.

Post # 12
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@GMelanie:  I recommend speaking to the key players in your wedding (i.e. family members, bridal party, essential guests you absolutely want to attend) to find out what their feelings are on the matter.  Some guests will love that it’s during a three day weekend while others will be upset that they have to attend your wedding during a holiday weekend when they could be somewhere else.

Post # 13
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We got married on that day, last year. No one complained.

Post # 14
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Just give people notice & I think it will be fine! One of my best friends got married on Labor Day weekend & I was VERY sad because I already had plans (everyone else loved it because of the 3 day holiday). It was very hard on me & I still regret missing her wedding. Had I known sooner…

Post # 15
4375 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We got married on Labor Day weekend (Sunday) and it worked out perfectly!

ETA – We had a lot of Out of Town guests, so that made it easier for them.

Post # 16
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m getting married Memorial Day weekend and wrestled with the same thing. 

Check with the people that absolutely must be there and confirm that date works for them.  Send out Save the Dates early so that people who may make plans, but would want to come to your wedding instead, will know not to.  That is all you can really do. 

Think of it this way — anyone who you invite that you would be really upset if they couldn’t come is probably close enough to you to not want to make Labor Day plans if they know about your wedding far enough in advance.  If someone says “GMelanie is getting married on Labor Day Weekend and I don’t want to go because I always like to do X,Y, and Z on Labor Day weekend,” they probably are not that close to you anyway. 

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