Post # 1
Hello fellow future brides!!! I have a problem…we are broke! So we have been looking at other days of the week that cost less. We really love the venue and to us it’s a perfect venue. We were thinking about having a Fourth of July wedding which falls on a Thursday. Do you think family and friends would come. We would like to invite 250 people. Most living within a 20-30min radius of the location. Thought????
Post # 3
I think family and friends will come. Normally we spend July 4th with family anyhow, so it is a great way to celebrate!
Post # 4
I voted yes, but I wouldn’t take Friday off (since it’s within 20-30 minutes away) as your poll says.
Post # 5
Holidays in general tend to have a higher “No” rate than other dates. Keep in mind that a lot of people go on vacations or plan holiday activities around the 4th of July, so you may get lower attendance. Also, travel costs for guests coming from out of town tend to be outrageous around holidays.
Post # 6
I would come, but I wouldn’t be able to take Friday off so I couldn’t stay late.
Post # 7
@STBMrsCJM: In My Humble Opinion, having a wedding on a holiday isn’t the best thing to do. I understand it may be cheaper for you, but it might also be an inconvenience to your guests. What if they have other holiday plans, or want to do something different on their holiday weekend than attend a wedding? I have been a Bridesmaid or Best Man before for a wedding that was on Thanksgiving weekend, and it was really irritating to me (even though I love the bride dearly) b/c it meant that I didn’t have a Thanksgiving weekend with my family. Just something to think about.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Good idea-people have the day off, and it gives them a good excuse to extend the weekend- a lot of people would probably want to take the day off even if they weren’t at a wedding that day.
And if you go with a 4th of July theme, you can buy stuff this year at 50% or more off, after the holiday!
Post # 9
I’d definitely attend a Thursday wedding if it was local. Please be careful about assuming that everyone can take the next day off though — I’m in my first year at my new job and I literally have zero vacation days to use until I’m finished with this first year. I wouldn’t be able to take the Friday after off even if I wanted to.
I think that holiday weddings can be tough to predict — sometimes, you get a lot of “yes” responses because people are off work anyway, but sometimes you get “no” replies because people already have plans. I think it could go either way.
Post # 10
I think people would come. I would go, depending on what time of the day it was held. It would have to be late enough that most people are off work, have time to get ready, and then get to the venue, but not too late because it’s a weeknight. If the reception goes too late into the evening, I think you’ll see people A) not drinking very much and B) leaving early.
Post # 11
I’ll pretend I’m American to answer this one since in Canada July 1st is Canada Day and July 4th is just another day, haha.
I’d probably still attend.
Post # 11
I think if you plan it early in advance most people would probably plan around it. Yes fourth of july is fun, but I would pass up a bbq for a friend or family members wedding. I think its a great idea, I would take friday off and a lot of people do when a holiday falls right before the weekend anyways.
I think you guys can run with it, from doing a classed up nice mini versions of bbq food or having a causal backyard wedding. It’s fun idea and I think a lot of people would enjoy it.
Take an informal poll of family members, friends, people you guys must have and really want there, if they are on board go for it!
Post # 12
Thanks TwoCityBride. polling the family is a great idea 🙂
Post # 13
If they care for you, theyll be there.
And if they’re not… Well that shows you how much they care
I am always annoyed by Friday weddings (we don’t do Thursdays in Spain…) because I have to take the day off of work to attend, but if I care for the person, I will be there for sure. And I’ve been to every wedding that I possibly could, well, because I care.
Las year Fiance and I were invited to TWELVE weddings, all out of town because will live about 4h drive from out home city. 2 of them were about 9h drive.
4 of them were on fridays and I only have 4 free days off a year (I can’t take individual Fridays for vacations). I managed to not call in sick for one single day in the whole year, and not another’s other “free day”, so I could go to thesepeople’s weddings and be there for them.
We made it to 10 of the weddings, and the 2 we didn’t attend were because the were the same day as others and it was physically impossible. Just seeing my friends’ happy faces to see me there knowing it was hard for me was completely worth the effort.
I say go for 4th of July and don’t look back!
I just hope I never have to attend so many weddings ever again! Haha
Post # 14
betty_spaghetti (<3 the name!) thanks for those awesome words of encouragement 🙂
Post # 15
It would be way easier for us to go to a Thurs wedding on the 4th versus another Thurs. And actually what I like more about it is that we normally go away for the weekend on the 4th, and with a wedding on the thurs, we’d probably do the same and just take Fri-Sun..