Post # 1
I found my dream venue and I am trying VERY hard to make it work. It is the Newton White Mansion in MD and I love it. On Saturday they only have a 10-5pm or a 6-1am time slot available with the earliest ceremony being at 7. I would like time to get some good photos in sunlight and during a good time of day but I am concerned there won’t be enough as is my photographer. We could also do a Sunday early afternoon/evening wedding but issue with this I’m worried people will not come or will not have a good time because they would have to work the next day. The last thought is to get married May 29th (day before Memorial Day) so that most people will have off work and we can set our own hours for the ceremony/reception.
Does anyone having any thoughts on Sunday weddings or Memorial Day Sunday weddings? I think the 10-5 time slot is too early for me and the 6-1am may be too late. I’m trying to look for another venue but it’s hard when I’m in love with this place 🙁
Post # 2
We had a similar situation. We opted for the Sunday before Memorial Day, knowing that some people may not be able to attend. We sent out Save-The-Date Cards 6 months in advance and have more attending than we anticipated. We thought we’d have about 65 ppl, our final count came in at 86. We will be getting married in 11 days!!! Btw, the sun won’t set in this area (I’m from N. VA) until 8:30ish that time of year.
Post # 3
We are doing Sunday before Labor Day and going from the hotel reservations that have already been made, I don’t think it is hurting our numbers at all.
Our families are all glad because they live 2 hours away and won’t have to worry about leaving first thing on Saturday after a long week at work.
I am also going to a wedding on 5/25 this year. So it’s not that uncommon.
Post # 4
Personally, I would either not attend or leave early from both of those options.
Think about which is more important to you – your dream venue, or having people there/stay longer/enjoy their time. Then plan accordingly.
Post # 5
amalzingsong: This may not be pertinent, but I went to one wedding on a Memorial Day weekend, and I will never, ever go to a holiday weekend wedding again. The traffic was horrible getting there, during the stay, and getting home. The restaurants were packed, the hotel did not want to give us our blocked rooms, and there were events happening in town that we didn’t know about and made getting about even worse and more confusing.
Sundays in general are pretty good, some people may miss one day of work if they have to travel, but it does help with vendors and prices. We’re having a Sunday brunch reception and it seems to be working well for everyone local and non-local.
Post # 6
I’d probably rather go on a regular Sunday than stay home all mem day weekend just for a wedding but that’s me. And, that’s pre children, now that I’m expecting we don’t leave every weekend we have a chance like we used to.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
amalzingsong: Vendors will probably charge more for a Memorial Day wedding so if you’re trying to save money on the venue, you will likely rack up fees with the other vendors for a holiday booking. I am also not a fan of holiday weekend weddings. Sorry but I have standing plans for holiday weekends. I would prefer not to use one of my few paid holidays on a wedding and I find it presumptuous of couples to choose these weekends thinking they will be more convenient.
If you like Sunday, do the earlier in the day wedding and then throw an after party for the people that still want to party afterwards. Otherwise, book on a Saturday and eat the cost (or choose a cheaper venue.) Personally, I dislike Sunday weddings but if yu’re a good enough friend or close enough family I would be more likely to attend a lunchtime wedding on a Sunday.
Post # 8
amalzingsong: I think you should get married on the weekend that isn’t memorial day, mostly because I think more guests will be able to come and vendors shouldn’t be able to overcharge you for picking a holiday weekend. Either that or choose a date earlier in May or early June 🙂 I would go with the later time slot too if you want a night time wedding, but it’s strange how they have picked their times to be late or very early
Post # 9
amalzingsong: i would totally party it up at a sunday before memorial day wedding. but i have memorial day off. i would always go to wedding on a sunday but i just might not drink or stay till the end since i have to work early on mondays. i had to pick a friday because my church double booked…. i was really sad cuz it was out of town but it worked out great! in fact it rained the rest of the weekend. i like how someone suggested you throw it earler and then if ppl want to party afterwards, you have plenty of time.
Post # 10
I would do saturday 6-1 and have photos done beforehand at another nice location. I hate Sunday weddings, especially on a holiday weekend.
Post # 11
You know your friends better than we do. Will they party at the drop of a hat? If so then Sat vs Sunday may not matter too much. If most are local I suspect a sunday wedding may wind down a bit sooner so people can be up for work on Mon. If lots are traveling and would have to spend the night anyway then it may go as late as usual.
If you have a more sedate group of invitees, then I’d bet that Sunday will wind down relatively early no matter what.
I’d prefer a Sat wedding later timing over earlier — holiday or non holiday weekend. If holiday weekend I’ll still have 2 contiguous days (rather than splitting them). If a non-holiday then I won’t have to work the next day.
Post # 12
Ugh this is so difficult! I just want good picturea and for it to have some daylight!
Post # 13
amalzingsong: I would totally go to a Memorial Day Weekend wedding! I think those weekends are so much easier because you don’t have to worry anout taking off work. If people are really worried about traffic…then they probably aren’t very close to you anyways. As long as you think most of your guests will be staying overnight anyways, then I bet people will stay and party 🙂
Post # 14
amalzingsong: We are having a Sunday (evening) wedding and i’m very happy with our decision! I’ve actually been to more sunday weddings than saturday weddings and it honestly hasn’t made any difference. No one has left early and everyone has just as much fun! (plus we’re saving $5K on food & drinks alone! – plus we could get a closer date, we’re already waiting 18 months, the saturday wait was even longer!)
I guess maybe it depends on your guest list too.. ours is all family and very close friends so a lot of them are taking the day off work on the monday. Having it the day before a public holiday is a great idea! We wanted to do that as the weekend prior is a long weekend however it was already booked (of course!). Also, our reception is finishing at 11 so most people will be home by 12. I don’t think that’s crazy late!
I’d go the Sunday if I were you 😉
Post # 15
amalzingsong: By The Way, our wedding is Thanksgiving weekend. Everyone on here seemed very negative about holiday weddings, but we have heard nothing but good things from our guests. No one has to take off work and people are having more options for travel. To me, if people were really going to complain, they probably would have found something to complain about no matter what!