(Closed) Thoughts on Friday weddings when all guests are flying?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: When everyone is flying to the wedding, thoughts on the Friday night wedding?
    Go for it! Those who want to make it work will : (18 votes)
    37 %
    I'd steer clear, taking off the extra day for work might be too much : (28 votes)
    57 %
    Maybe, I'll elaborate below... : (3 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I say go for it if that’s what you want. Just prepare yourself that some of your guests may not be able to make it.

    Post # 4
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    If you get married on a Friday, it will mean that most of the people (assuming they work a M-F job) will have to take an additional day off work.  Most people will likely be taking Friday off as a travel day, but they may take an additional day off to make the festivities. 

    I would talk to as many of the essential guests as you can ask them what they were anticipating as far as time off…. when I last went to a Destination Wedding – it was on a Saturday, but she planned a bachelorette on a Thus, so I flew in on Wed and left on Mon.  I made a mini-vacation out of it (your guests may be thinking about doing something similar – so if there is a whole weekend of events, they will likely plan accordingly and a Fri wedding would be more than ok)

    Post # 5
    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    With a Saturday wedding people would have the choice to take off additional days and make a vacay out of it.  With a Friday wedding they won’t have that option, so more people would likely decline.  But if that’s preferable to you, go for it. 

    Post # 6
    1402 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    If you think your guests will take off an extra day, go for it!  That sounds like a really fun wedding weekend/vacation idea!

    Post # 7
    1217 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’d say go for it, but check with your BMs and the rest of the wedding party to make sure they’d be available on Thursday and even Wednesday if needed – you’ll need at least a day in advance to get ready! 

    Post # 8
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    I would only do a Friday wedding in your case if you did it back in the NE area. Otherwise I think a lot of your guests might not be able to make it with having to take so many days off to travel.

    Post # 9
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I hit the “maybe” button. I’d say go for it if you want, but try not to be upset if friends or family that you always thought would be there can’t make it. I think it’s just a risk with any wedding where many guests will have to fly, and especially for those on non-weekend days :(. It’s also worth considering that most people will have to take Thursday off, too, so they won’t have to worry about a delayed flight making them miss your wedding!

    Post # 10
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think given that all of your guest would be from out of town, to have a sat wedding. Just because that way it would encourage more people to come because if you did it that way they could fly in friday night/sat morning and not miss any work.

    Post # 12
    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We were thinking about a Friday wedding at one point and the planner told us that since most people are already traveling and taking time off, that it has actually worked out better. I think asking a few key people is a good idea. Get some feed back ahead of time never hurt. Ultamitaly it is your wedding so if that iswhat you want go for it but have realistic expectations.

    Post # 13
    13070 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    You are basically forcing all of your guests to take a day off from work/school by having a Friday destination wedding.  At least when it’s in town, people could either get away with leaving an hour or two early, or a halfday, and not have to pull any kids out of school. 

    Plus, as PP says, delayed flights would be a nightmare.

    Honestly, unless you were a super close friend or close family member. I’d decline for the sheer inconvenience.

    ETA: I forgot to point out, you’re already asking guests to pay several hundred dollars for a flight and hotel (my mother flew from Boston to San Antonio a few months ago and the plane ticket was upwards of $600, so assuming Austrin is relatively similarly priced, that’s a huge expense…).  Then asking them to take another day off from work… ehhh, I think it’s risky business.

    Post # 15
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I also think if it were a destination wedding in a far location where people had to take time off it wouldn’t matter. But given it’s still in the states and few hours plane ride I htink you would still get decent turnout.

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