(Closed) Sunday Wedding Questions

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

 

@MmeSilverBullet: 

 

1. Is/Was your wedding on a Sunday or have you attended a wedding on a Sunday?

Our wedding is on a Sunday in September, I have never attended a Sunday wedding.

2. How did it work (timeline wise)? Early ceremony + brunch or later ceremony and full-blown reception or…?

We are having a later ceremony at 3:30pm with a reception to follow directly afterwards. We’re ending at reception at 12am sharp. Our entire wedding/reception is in one area.

3. Was there a good turn-out RSVP-wise?

Not married yet. I anticipate all of my guests will show – so about 100 people.

4. Do you regret having a Sunday wedding instead of a Saturday wedding?

N/A yet. Sunday was the only available day. Nobody has seemed to really mind.

5. Tips for a Sunday wedding?

Let your guests know well in advance so that they can take the Monday off work if they need to.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Ours will be on a sunday as well and we are planning on about a 2pm-3pm-ish ceremony and then full dinner-dancing reception after.

We are not party-people though and neither are most of our family/friends so we will not be partying ’till dawn… probably midnight at the VERY latest. I know that the “best man” (technically Fiance hasn’t made a decision/pick anyone for best man yet… but im pretty sure I know who it will be) has taken the monday off, and family memebers may as well so as to be able to help with the take-down at the venue after…

It was $300 cheaper at the venue for a sunday instead of a saturday… so instead of $400 the venue was $100 all day and we also booked the first half of the monday so we can go back and clean up the next day ($50).

 

I’d be interested to see what other people’s experiences with having a sunday wedding is though. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MmeSilverBullet:  Yep, our wedding was on a Sunday! 9/30/12.

 

Our ceremony started at 3:00, although an earlier ceremony would have been good, too. Reception was right after. Our reception lasted a few hours.

 

We had a pretty good turn out, I imagine yours would be even better since you know way in advance. We only had a 4 month long engagement, so not much time to let people know.

 

I don’t regret having a sunday wedding at all. With our venue, we couldn’t have alcohol though. If you can’t, I would make sure people know it’s going to be dry. Also, just let them know about the date asap, it’ll be a lot easier for them to make plans to get Monday off, etc, if they need to.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are having a Sunday wedding (8/4/13)

Timeline: ceremony begins at 4pm and reception ends at 10pm (no amplified noise allowed after that)

Turnout: I don’t know for sure yet, but I don’t believe it will affect our people.  I guess it depends on the crowd.  If needed, people from in town can still go to work on Monday.  Most of our younger guests don’t work M-F 9-5 so if they are traveling for the wedding, taking off sat-mon is no different than fri-sun, and most of the older ones don’t work or are high enough up at their jobs that they can take whatever days off they want. 

No regrets on choosing a Sunday vs Saturday.  We did it just for the date lol but it also saved us money with some vendors.  Also, it means I can come into town after work on Friday and still have Saturday to get things done.

ETA: We have an eighteen month engagement and sent out Save-The-Date Cards pretty early, so people definitely have to plan.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

A good friend of mine was married on a Sunday. I think the ceremony was at like noon, and a barbeque lunch reception followed. I think the turnout was about standard for acceptance rates. It was a fairly small wedding with about 75 guests. Quite a few people came in from out of town. I’mnot sure how long they stayed. 

It was great! It was a super casual, informal, non-traditional wedding (the bride wore a purple silk tunic and pants!) but that is the personality of the couple. It wasn’t a blow out party reception, but again thats their personality. There was plenty of beer and wine flowing!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I think it depends on your priorities. My good friend got married on 9/11, Sunday! She said she did save money, but everyone left early. No one really wanted to “party” and it was dificult for the wedding party- many were teachers and it was the 2nd week of school which sucked for them.

She said she kinda regrets having it on Sunday… but we’re kind of party hard crowd. If you don’t want a lot of drinking dancing, I would say a SUnday wedding would be a great money saver!

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I’ve been to one where the ceremony was at 3pm.  It ended early, reception ended by about 8pm.  It was about a 2 hour drive for most guests.  So that put people home by about 10 to go to work the next day. 

I think it may have been nicer to have an early ceremony with a brunch.  

It all depends on your crowd, are they in jobs where they have enough vacation that they can take a day off?  Is it close by or do you have to drive a bit to get there?  are you a party hard crowd or a more sedate crew who will call it a night earlier?

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have been to 2 Sunday weddings. They were both late (reception ended at 11). We left early for both because we had a 1.5 hour drive to get home and work the next day. I recommend an earlier timeline so guests can stay the whole time.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was recently a Bridesmaid or Best Man in a Sunday wedding. The ceremony was at 2:30 and the reception started at 5:30 – a lot of people left straight after dinner as they had to work the Monday – i think the bride was pretty disappointed, by 9pm there were not many people left – the brides mother even left before 9pm. I think she was expecting much more of a party as both families are party people so I think if she did it again they would have chosen a Saturday.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

We had a Sunday wedding. I knew my mom was paying for it, and said whatever is left of the budget, we get in a check. So considering it was around a $30 difference in price, I knew I’d go for that instead. My mom would rather me have it on Saturday, however. 

 

We had a regular 5-10 reception. I didn’t even consider something earlier because I didn’t want that. 

 

I had one relative (an aunt & a cousin) who weren’t going to be in town & my husband’s boss who couldn’t make it. But not because it was a Sunday, ya know. 

 

If it is going to save someone money or you have the option I had, go for a Sunday. My thinking was that whoever truly wanted to be at my wedding will be there, regardless!

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been to a few. Morning ceremony + lunch reception is definitely better than evening. A lot of people leave early from Sunday night weddings.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hi!

1 Yes, my wedding was on a sunday, 6/24/12.

2. My ceremony/reception all took place at one venue, a hotel. Timeline: ceremony started at 5:30pm, cocktail hour at 6:15pm, reception started at 7pm ish. Dancing/party ended around 11pm-ish, but afterwards the wedding party and close friends stuck around and hung out with us (with many bottles of wine) upstairs in our hotel room “living room”, we booked the presidential suite that night for Darling Husband and me. We hung out till a little after midnight when everyone got tired and called it a night. We are an older crowd (in our mid to late thirties) so we are past the partying hard clubbing activities, so it worked out well for us.

3. RSVP – I was very very worried about this too. I must be very blessed because of the 60 people we invited, 51 guests were in attendance to celebrate with us. It was also a mini-destination wedding. meaning everyone had to drive (1.5 hrs) or fly there (80% were OOT).

4. I thought I was going to regret having it on a Sunday, but it really worked out well for us. Saturday venue/catering costs were outside of my budget, but was within budget for Sunday. I thought I was going to regret it  b/c people would leave really early or just not come, but the earliest guests left was around 9pm (I think 6 people) which was after the cake cutting, etc so no one missed anything important. In hindsight, i dont regret it, it worked out perfectly, we were exhausted by midnight (yes we are old, lol) and all of our close friends were there with us and everyone had a great time.

5. Tips – I think it comes down to what you envision for a Sunday wedding. If you want late night partying, that probably isn’t going to happen since people have to work the next day, etc. Unless you are doing a destination wedding where everyone has to take a day off (in this case Monday) to fly there, then its no different. Most people hold the ceremony/reception during the day, like a luncheon or early dinner to make sure guests can attend and have them out in time at a decent hour. Let Out of Town guests know way in advance (ie STD’s) in case they need to take Monday off for travel. Other then that, I think it will be fine as long as the reception ends at a decent hour for those who have to work the next day.

Good luck!! 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh, and nope, not one soul left early. 

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