Post # 1
So if you had to choose, or if you did … What are the pros & cons of a Friday night vs. Sunday night wedding? What’s your experience as a bride or a guest? Would you rather have your first choice venue on a Fri/Sun, or your 4th choice on a Sat? Any regrets about the day of the week?Does it make a difference if it’s a destination wedding?
Post # 3
It’s a huge money saver to have a wedding on a Friday. Plus then people still have their weekend to enjoy.
Post # 4
I would probably always prefer Friday so I still have my weekend. Depending on how far away the destination is, I’d probably still be taking off part of Friday.
this would be for a Friday night wedding. I have been invited to a Friday morning wedding before.
Post # 5
I pick friday would not want to go to work monday with a hangover. If you are having a friday wedding you should have a late ceremony!
Post # 6
I vote for Sunday. If you have it on Friday local guests will have to rush over from work or take the day off. However, they should be able to attend on a Sunday. Out of town guests can get away with just taking Monday off work. If the wedding is on a Friday and you have your rehersal on Thurs your out of town guests will need to take two days off work in order to attend.
Post # 7
We’re doing a Sunday night. Both Friday and Sunday weddings will save you money! Tricky thing about Sunday is that some places are closed then – think hair places, etc. But I think you can make either work.
Post # 8
i actually want my wedding on a friday night so this was an easy choice for me! but i’d say it depends on the type of ceremony and reception you want. a casual short ceremony and cocktail reception is perfect for a friday night. A longer more traditional ceremony and full dinner reception would have to be on a satuday just to fit it all in unless you want your guests eating way late. i wouldn’t want to attend a wedding on a sunday night and have to go to work the next day. though sunday brunch ceremony and reception would be alright.
Post # 9
We had a Friday wedding and it was perfect, though 98% of our guests were local. If you have a lot of Out of Town guests it could be trickier.
Pros to Friday:
- Great kick off to the weekend. Guests still have their full weekend to enjoy after partying at your wedding. For those who tend to over induldge, having a few extra days before having to return to the grind would be much appreciated.
- The wedding doesn’t take up your guests entire day. Weekend weddings tend to start in the early/mid afternoon and go until late at night. If you take into consideration your guests prep time, they’re giving you their entire day. A Friday wedding generally starts a bit later (ours started at 5:30) so your guests don’t have to commit to a full 10-12 hour day.
- Often times you can get vendor discounts but the same can normally be said for Sunday events.
Cons to Friday:
- Some guests may miss some of the ceremony but in our case, that wasn’t an issue with anyone. All of our guests were there with time to spare.
- Some may not be able to get the time off, whether it be taking the whole day or just leaving early. Again, not an issue for us but I know it can be for some. Personally, I look for excuses to skip out early on a Friday so a wedding is the perfect oppertunity.
As for Sunday weddings, I admit to being totally biased since I’m really not a fan and I can’t think of very many pros unless it’s an earlier event and the whole shebang is tied up by early evening.
Cons to Sunday:
- Guests won’t be able to really party as much as they would on a night where they don’t have to go to work the next day.
- Guests may leave early to prepare for their week. Some people take their Sundays very seriously (I know I do).
My answer: First choice venue on a Friday night.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We’re doing a Friday wedding- but I think it’s really either/or. We’re skipping the rehearsal- minister only needs 5 minutes with everyone the day before to go over the lineup, so the bridal party only needs to take the day of off work- for most of the guys, just a half day.
We sent out save the dates 4 months in advance, and so far- no regrets rsvps due to it being on a Friday. A couple of the girls are looking forward to taking the day off work/ doing a day of beauty.
Post # 11
We did a Sunday because it was a Jewish wedding (can’t be Fri night or Sat prior to sundown), but scheduled it 4 pm – 10 pm. That way local people didn’t have to be up too late the night before work. People in my crowd aren’t really likely to get drunk to the point of being hungover anyway, so it worked well for us.
Post # 12
We chose Sunday because a summer Saturday wedding was out of our price range. We just thought it would work better for our out of town guests (which the majority of them are going to be). Either day works in my opinion and your guests will either be there or they wont and plan accordingly or not. There is never a RIGHT answer to any of these types of questions because you can NEVER please everyone so just go with whatever you feel is going to to work best for your immediate family and very close friends and go from there. 🙂
Post # 13
PS and to add to that above our wedding will be over by 10pm and we are only serving beer and wine to avoid people getting out of hand.:)
Post # 14
My vote is for Sunday. I think people are far more likely to come to a Sunday wedding. Ive been to a few Friday wedding lately… the last one.. they invited over 100 people… almost 100 RSVPd that they would attend…. there was maybe 40 people there. Just something to think about.
Post # 15
as a guest, i would vote friday. i really prefer having my sundays free to prepare for the week. and if guests are traveling, they may have to take monday off anyway to be back to work in time. like others have said, it really depends on your guests and what you think will work best for them, as well as what you prefer.
Post # 16
We did Friday. Most of our guests were from out of town. We had a great experience. We gave people lots of notice with Save-The-Date Cards. It gave people the option to come to town for one night or make a trip out of it and spend the weekend sightseeing. Before the wedding people said that everyone would skip the ceremony on a Friday but that wasn’t the case for us. As for a rehearsal, we didn’t have one. It was too much hassle to have everyone drive to the venue. It worked out fine.
My experience with Sunday weddings as a guest is that a lot of people leave early because they have work the next day.