Sunday Weddings

posted 2 months ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
7862 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We had a Sunday wedding, partly cause of costs and partly cause my husband is Jewish, so Saturday weddings are frowned upon. I do think we had more declines than we would have had if we did it on a Sat, but we were okay with that. While it’s possible people grumbled amongst themselves about the inconvenience, we never heard any negativity. A lot of people still stayed til last call around 11pm and danced their socks off.

Personally I’d always prefer a Suunday wedding over a Friday one if it’s out of town. If it’s an out of town wedding odds are I’d be taking part or all of Friday off anyway for travel, and with a Sunday wedding you end up taking off Monday, so it kinda evens out.

Post # 3
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

We’re doing a Sunday wedding this August. Our ceremony starts at 3pm… I don’t think Sunday weddings are any kind of issue. A couple family members have said it was odd or weird, but they are more traditional about weddings. Many more guests have said that they love the idea of a Sunday wedding and some family members have said it is a perfect excuse to take Monday off and make it a long weekend! 🙂

Post # 4
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

If you want a party, Sunday weddings aren’t a good idea. People won’t be in the mood in the afternoon or evening and will need to cut out early for work. Plus, if rollers have to travel to get to your wedding, Sunday weddings are all the more inconvenient. I’m not sure what your budget is, but for a $1k difference I’d prefer a saturday

Post # 7
749 posts
Busy bee

We did a Sunday wedding only because it was a holiday weekend and we had a short destination trip and then people could arrive Saturday (most came earlier) and leave Monday. We didn’t save any money by doing it this way so that wasn’t the primary motivation. 

Post # 8
227 posts
Helper bee

I wouldn’t mind attending a Sunday wedding, but I wouldn’t stay late.  I think it would be better to have it earlier in the morning or afternoon. 

Post # 9
7862 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I guess it depends on your crowd but this was not our experience at all with our Sunday wedding. Drinks were flowing and many people stayed and danced until the band played the last song around 11pm. libellules :  

Post # 10
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

Sunday weddings are fine.

Post # 11
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - Baton Rouge, LA

We’re having an early evening/late afternoon Sunday wedding this November.  Even with it being an ‘off season’ wedding, Sundays were so much less expensive than Saturdays that it wasn’t even funny.  Plus, we didn’t have to worry about college football as much; it’s huge here, and while people would come, I’m sure they’re happy to be able to watch the game. 

So far, we haven’t heard any grumblings about it.  We also chose the Sunday after the main rivalry game for our team (which is away this year), so many of the hotels are much less expensive for our out of town guests.

Post # 12
93 posts
Worker bee

I’ll be honest that for a $1000 dollar savings I wouldn’t do it unless your budget is around 10k total then yes ok that’s 10%, Sunday weddings are definitely getting more popular but from my experience it was either due to religious reasons (Jewish wedding where they have friends/family that are orthodox) or to be able to get a certain venue in summer as we all know summer is wedding season and so many things get booked up well in advance.. I don’t know anyone that did it for money reasons as Ive mentioned most people didn’t find the small venue discount worth it.


I think it really depends on size and type of crowd, personally I wouldn’t have an issue taking Monday off or working from home for a Sunday LOCAL wedding.. I know how to drink and be an adult the next day lol.. however if it required any hotel stay then I would only do that for family/best friends and if it’s a decent drive home (2 hours under) I would just leave after dinner..

It’s not that people don’t want to stay and celebrate its just the vacation time everyone has whether its 2 weeks or 5.. is honestly priceless and important.


But definitely please don’t do a long weekend summer wedding I can tell you right now those are the absolute worst, weve had a couple in my crowd and no one was pleased about it.. not they wont say anything to you but I think that is really selfish.. especially if you live in a cold area like myself (Canada) where we get 3 months of actual hot summer


Post # 13
7377 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Most of our family is in a different state so if they were to have a Sunday wedding, we would have to take off work Monday. To be honest, I likely wouldn’t take off unless we were close to the couple.

If it’s in town, we would leave fairly early so that we could be home by 9 to be ready for the work week.

This will really depend on your crowd and how much of a party feel you will want your wedding to have.

I saw you asked about holiday weekends and I think you’ll get mixed responses on that. We typically don’t have annual plans for Monday holidays so it would work better for us, however, I know many people that do have yearly traditions or go away on vacation on long weekends.

Post # 14
1898 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Personally, I’m not a fan of Sunday weddings. I would go if it was in town, but I really don’t like having to use a vacation day to get to/from your wedding. Personally, saving $1k wouldn’t be worth the inconvience to everyone else. But its up to you and if you do have one, just don’t get upset if you have a higher decline rate. 

Post # 15
3017 posts
Sugar bee

honeybee2020 :  Sunday weddings are totally fine! And usually worth the price discount.

 The only things i would suggest are 

– An earlier wedding. You can have at whatever time, but most people (especially if the wedding is local) will peel out in the evening to get ready for the next day. So a brunch wedding or early afternoon may work best

– In regards to your holiday weekend question. I personally would prefer a non-holiday weekend but thats only because i usually have other plans and go out of town. If it is far enough in advance that you can give plenty of heads up might work, but may also be tougher for traffic, cost wise for those out of town guests.  I would check with your VIP that they can make it if you choose a holiday weekend.

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