(Closed) Long Weekend Weddings – Yay or nay?

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Do you like weddings on long weekends (non-religious)?
    Yes : (36 votes)
    51 %
    No : (26 votes)
    37 %
    Sometimes (see below) : (8 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    1847 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would not go, unless you were my brother or sister.

    I personally think its rude rude rude to have a wedding on a long weekend. People only get so many long weekends, I think it’s very unfair to ask them to give one up to attend your wedding, IMO.

    Plus, our May long weekend is when most people open their cottages/pools, get their gardens ready, etc.

    Again, this is just my personal opinion, but id try and find another weekend.

    Post # 4
    2809 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    we’re planning on doing a long weekend wedding (the weekend of Canada’s Thanksgiving, actually). it just worked out that the weekend was going to be doable. i actually prefer them, there’s more downtime to relax.

    Post # 5
    2516 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i don’t do anything for long weekends so i wouldn’t mind going to a wedding. it would give me an extra day to unwind afterwards too.

    Post # 6
    11274 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @MsGinkgo:  Well, being from the US, I am unfamiliar with some of the Canadian holidays. 

    However, I can tell you that I was married on the Friday night of Memorial Day weekend, and I loved having chosen that weekend.  On the other hand, one of my best friends chose to have her wedding on the Friday night following Thanksgiving, and I was not as fond of this date selection, given that I was unable to go to visit my out-of-state family.  However, she made it up to me by allowing me to celebrate the holiday with her family. 🙂

    Post # 7
    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I’ve always said no to this and guess what? We’re having a long weekend wedding, lol. So far no one has complained about it and people have actually had positive comments because they can stay at the hotel for an extra night and make a little trip out of it.

    We went with the November long weekend though, not a super busy one like Thanksgiving or one of the Summer ones.

    If someone thinks that we’re rude for picking a long weekend then they can just decline the invite. Not a big deal.

    Post # 8
    45631 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I prefer them for the simple fact that it gives us more time for travel if necessary and if the wedding is local, we still end up with 2 days off to do what we will.

    Some people who rigidly do the same thing every long weekend will decline, but that’s a factor beyond your control.

    I personally can’t imagiine not delaying opening the cottage one week in order to attend the wedding of a family member or friend.

    Post # 11
    2483 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I think it really depends on your group.  There are pros and cons, and it’s all very complicated.

    Your guests may have to take less (or no) time off from work, which is really nice, cause vacation time is precious.

    But they might pay more in traveling and hotel costs, because it is a holiday weekend.

    And if your wedding is on a Friday or Monday (assuming Monday is the extra day off), they still might have to take work off on top of paying extra for traveling, and some workplaces are stringent on this- too many employees try to take extra days off.  Well, someone has to work!  So their “vacation” could get denied.

    They could make a vacation of it.

    Or they could miss out on a vacation they’ve done every year for 20 years.  And while some may say, well, it’s only one year…  How would you feel if you were told to give up your birthday for one year?

    So there are a lot of factors.  You just have to decide what you want the most.

    Post # 12
    8151 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    hotel prices are higher during holiday weekends.  take that into account for your guests.


    Post # 13
    10454 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I don’t mind. I don’t usually go away for long weekends unless I’m actually taking a long vacation in conjunction with the weekend. So it’s not a big deal to me! I think as long as guests have a few months notice it’s probably not an issue. 

    Post # 14
    7120 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @calibee79:  +1

    You may have a few more declines from people who do have certain plans for that weekend but I don’t think it’s rude. I would prefer this if I had to travel a bit because then I would have an extra day to relax and unwind after the wedding.

    Post # 15
    5093 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Our wedding was on MLK weekend.  Since we had a large number of guests who had to travel, I think they really appreciated it.  The locals didn’t seem to care one way or another.  I see no problem with weddings on long weekends.

    Post # 16
    335 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think it depends on which weekend. There are holidays where people traditionally spend time with family (ie Christmas, Thanksgiving, maybe Independence Day). I think holidays those tend to be longer vacation periods where a lot of people travel. I wouldn’t be particularly happy about being invited to a wedding during any of those. However, pretty much any other long weekend (in the US- Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc) I think is perfectly fine.

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