(Closed) Saturday vs. Sunday Wedding

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 17
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Sugar bee

It’ll be a different vibe. I’ll definitely want to leave early so I can go to work the next day. 

Post # 19
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Newbee

I prefer going to a Saturday wedding so I don’t gave to take off work on Monday lol  I’d prob prefer PAYING for a Sunday wedding… 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I am stuck in the same dilemma as you right now! We are putting a deposit down this week and going back between Saturday and Sunday.  We are having an outdoor ceremony and the reception is to follow at the same location.  I wanted an evening Saturday wedding, but the F&B minimum is 35% more and it would start at 6 pm and run to midnight.  The ceremony will be held outdoors, and I am just afraid that hosting such a late wedding (and what if the bridal party/guests are running late?!), we will not get any decent natural light (November).  So the cost and the timing wasn’t too negotiable for a Saturday evening as it is the most popular day and time to get married.  To host a lovely day wedding, it would start at 10 a.m. and end by 4 p.m.  However, I’m not a morning person!  And I would like to get as much time in the morning to prepare and relax (if that’s possible) or at least not feel rushed.  Those were the only two time slots for Saturday weddings.

However, when I inquired about a Sunday wedding, it was a whole different story.  The manager was able to be so much more flexible.  I could start the ceremony at 2:30 and then it would end around 9, which is when I imagine most guests would want to leave on a Sunday if they were local to get ready for work the next day.  We would still be getting my dream venue, the ideal time slot, and save money (which could go towards my student loans!)  We would get everything we wanted just on a different day.  

We do anticipate many out of town guests.  If it was a Saturday wedding, most guests will fly out Friday and fly back Sunday (most expensive days to fly!)   For Sunday weddings, flying in on a Saturday/flying back out on a Monday is less expensive.  

I think Sundays can be lovely (my brother had a Sunday wedding and it was so fun!  It did end around 8 or 9 pm)  so I am leaning in that direction.

Setting a date can be a challenge.  Someone is telling you one thing, another person is telling you something else.  I think it’s best to follow your heart.  I am also in the process of selecting the wording on the invites (wait until you get to that part) and making all these decisions in a short amount of time is tough – we just gotta be decisive (need to take my own advice!)  I guess in the end, it’s never the wrong day to get married if you are marrying the right person:)

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Sunday weddings are great if you want a brunch reception or an hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Something light, a little more mellow and casual. If you want something more formal, with dinner, drinking and dancing, that’s more appropriate for a Saturday

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

@CallMeMrsG:  I would be annoyed having to go to a Sunday night wedding– it would impact work the next day (Especially if we had to travel). DH and I would probably go, but be bitter about having to take a day off. We also would not spend the night or party (in a fun way, not in a get sloppy way). It would be less fun for us and for you– DH can make weddings a lot of fun.

I would be far happier with a Sunday afternoon wedding that was over by 8. Or a Saturday wedding. Or even a late Friday wedding.

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

My friends had a Sunday wedding and were kinda bummed that a bunch of people left at 9 or so. So be prepared for that…

Post # 24
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Blushing bee

our is on a sunday evening after xmas so most people don’t have work the next day. i found that DJ and venue are so much cheaper! if someone thinks it’s “annoying” as the above comment so rudely says, then you will have no problem keeping your guest list small. 🙂 people who are excited to spend your special day will make sure to be there!

Post # 25
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Busy bee

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@lolot:  +1. I would still attend for a close friend or family member, but I wouldn’t stay as late as I would on a Saturday. 

I do love Sunday brunch weddings (and brunch in general). Did you consider that?

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@CallMeMrsG: I wouldn’t mind, there’s something quite nice to it having it on a Sunday. I maybe biased though as we chose a Sunday. 

Post # 27
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Busy bee

If you wanted the whole party scene I’d suggest you look at having a Friday night wedding. Sunday weddings are using in the mornings or early afternoon. The vibe is different than a Saturday wedding as well and they don’t run as late. Most people won’t want to drink or dance a lot because they’ll be saving that strength for Monday! It depends what’s important to you — saving money or the whole vibe of the wedding. 

Also, 75-150 is not a small wedding. We’re inviting 40 people to ours – but I’m also having a Saturday wedding. Personally, if the wedding didn’t end by 5 PM on a Sunday, I wouldn’t attend or stay till the end. 

Post # 28
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@CallMeMrsG:  One other thing…we had 100 guests. My reception was from 5-10. And not one person left early. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We’re doing a Sunday wedding in November from 2:30PM-9PM. Most guests are local and those that are traveling are coming from many states away or cross country, so would have to take a day off to attend regardless of which weekend day the wedding was on. Flights for everyone as well as hotel stays will be cheaper. It will also allow us to include more guests and really pull out the stops for those that attend. If my friends or family were to feel too put upon by a Sunday wedding like some PP, then…whatever.

Do what will make you happy! Let those that would turn their nose up at your event stay home. Hopefully those that would sulk bitterly will also stay home. Geez.

Post # 30
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Newbee

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@Rubbs:  That’s nice to know. With a small wedding it’s really obvious if people leave early.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We’re having a black-tie Sunday night wedding that will start at 6 PM and end at midnight. Sunday was a much cheaper option which now seems to be a good thing because the cost of everything else for our wedding has ballooned. We are inviting a lot of people from out-of-town. I know that not everyone will be able to make it, but many will be making the trip and are okay with traveling home the following Monday. I’m hoping that even more will want to come once they see my gorgeous and fancy invitation and realize how much they’ll be missone out if they don’t come! 🙂

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