(Closed) thoughts on a friday wedding???

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

That’s our date! A majority of our guest list will be traveling anyway so we didn’t think if would make a huge difference since they’d be sticking around for a few days. Plus some people (many teachers) will have off on Friday and Monday. People who want to be there will be there! I don’t understand people who think it’s rude to have a wedding on MDW because people are traveling or have yearly traditions… a wedding is a once in a lifetime event, they can plan around it… And I haven’t heard of a lot of people traveling for MDW, it’s not like it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Post # 17
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Honey bee

 

mab3015:  Agree. It’s the most important day in the couples’ life. (BTW- my other daughter is getting married the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, in an in-state resort area. And people are excited to come!)

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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Lmizzle:  I am getting married on a Friday and we going to start the ceremony at 7 to 8 pm 

from 8pm to 1 it will be the reception and Friday prices were cheaper then Saturday and most of our guess live in the tri-state area 

however if I was you I will stay away from holiday week-end 

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you have a lot of out of town guests, I would not have a Friday wedding.  My cousin had a Friday wedding, and luckily, it was fairly close to me, but I still had to take time off work to go.  I think it is more courteous to your guests to have it on Saturday, so people don’t have to use vacation time.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had a Friday wedding last May. However, the ceremony itself was family-only, held locally with only a few out of town guests and we didn’t book the date until we had confirmation that everyone could make it. We were married at lunchtime and then held a big evening celebration again for mainly local guests. Being a Friday night caused no problems but we were careful to avoid the two Bank Holiday weekends that we have in May here in the UK precisely because people already tend to have plans and over here, we also tend to have events held on those weekends. 

It’s not that weddings are less important than holiday weekend plans but certainly, you can’t assume that everyone can take vacation time – especially in the US where you have nowhere near the holiday allowances that are common here – or that they don’t already have plans for a holiday weekend. If you have out of town guests then they may well need to take 2 days vacation as well in order to travel on the Thursday.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I wouldn’t go.  #1 it’s a Friday and that’s inconvenient for me if I have to travel.  I’m not taking off work. #2 it’s a holiday weekend and we do family things those weekends.  My family events trump a wedding.  I only see my family maybe twice a year.

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Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Our wedding/reception is on a Friday, and we had debated back and forth if that was better than having it on the Saturday instead. Both of families didn’t have a preference, and we don’t have a ton of people coming from out of town – so it was easier to pick that date. Plus, our reception venue had a lower room rental fee and food and beverage minimum for having it on a Friday.

Plus, with having it on a Friday, we can spend Saturday with more family that did travel instead of just seeing them for that day and then they’d leave on Sunday.

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I never wanted a Friday wedding,  however, the venue I fell in love charged a MINIMUM of $8000 for food and drinks for a sat wedding, friday night had no minimum or rental fee. Plus almost every vendor we used had discounts for friday weddings. It was more important to have the wedding of my dreams in my budget than to have it on a Saturday.  

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are having a Friday wedding, it costs the same regardless of whether or not it is Fri, Sat, or Sun. It has ruffled only a couple feathers, but we do not plan on having a honeymoon and would like to have the full weekend to spend with family and friends that have come in, and recuperate for going back to work/school on Monday. I understand it may not work for some people, but those that really want to come will make it. 

I will add that we live in Las Vegas, so we also kind of thought people coming from out of town might want to enjoy the city over the weekend. If you are in love with your venue, book it. The people you love will make the time. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee

I had a Friday wedding and not a single person complained or had any issue with it. Our guests were given more than ample notice to make arrangements to leave work a few hours early. The majority of our family and close friends work corporate jobs or own their own businesses so arranging for time off isn’t an issue. If I had to do it all over again, I would chose a Friday wedding every single time. I love that our festivities were over by midnight on Saturday morning (well, besides the day after brunch) and our guests still had their whole weekend to enjoy afterwards. 

For me personally, I would have no issue attending a Friday wedding and have gone to several in the past. I have plenty of vacation time and a job that is flexible. I also happen to love long weekends and look for excuses to take a Friday off or leave early. 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

I had a Friday night wedding (venue was booked for Saturday) and my guests actually said they preferred it (especially guests who had to fly in from out of state and out of the country). It was a military wedding and the available date actually turned out to be D Day so it all worked out perfectly 🙂 My cousin had his wedding on a Sunday of a holiday weekend and it worked out well also. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am in the group that dislikes Friday weddings but I think the more pressing issue is it being a holiday weekend. Pick another weekend.

Post # 28
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

A friday wouldn’t be so bad.. but holiday weekends, esp the friday of when everyone will be traveling would be awful.

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Friday weddings are awesome! We are doing a Friday wedding as well. If people are hurt and/or irritated about taking off a Friday to attend then who cares if they come. Friday weddings are awesome because most vendors and venues will offer steep discounts for Friday dates, also your date is most likely to be open as Saturday Weddings are on the top of the foodchain.  Most people will be able to come, especially if you make it an evening wedding. We are putting our Friday wedding at 5pm for Mass, and 6:30 for reception. People are more likely to stay out a little later on a Friday evening, and local guests will be able to only take off maybe an hour early to attend. (and face it – if it’s a holiday weekend, they will be mentaly checked out by 4pm anyways!) Also, added bonus of having a brunch or luncheon on Saturday morning with out of town guests before they depart!

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