(Closed) Wedding the Sunday before Columbus Day? Does that work for people

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
220 posts
Helper bee

@BeeinBoston:  I don’t have that day off, most schools and jobs don’t in my area. I woulda say, in my area, the people that have it off are in minority. That being said, if you were family I saw fairly often I would still attend, especially if I am that close. I mean 45 min is nothing. I drive that every Sunday to play soccer.

Post # 4
1908 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

It’s not a day I get off work anymore either, I used to when I worked for federal gov, but no longer and I really don’t know anyone else who gets the day off either. Seems to vary regionally though, sometimes if you’re in an area with a lot of federal offices more people are likely to also get the day off – this was the case at my previous job/location.

So, I’d just treat it as a Sunday wedding and nothing else…if you were a close friend or family member I would just take the Monday off of work and attend. If you were not very close to me, I’d still attend but plan to leave early so I could get home and to bed at a reasonable time for work the next day.

Post # 5
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

I don’t get Columbus Day off, and I think it’s the same for my other private sector friends.  I’m not sure if my public sector friends get the day off.  But, I usually end up taking a long weekend to attend weddings anyway.  If it’s on a Sunday, I’d just end up using Monday as a travel day instead of Friday.  I wouldn’t treat it like a holiday weekend wedding, but I also don’t think a Sunday wedding would be a big issue for you anyway since most of your guests are less than 1 hour away.  Personally, I’d keep the date you have and book the venue.

Post # 6
9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Columbus Day is getting to be observed less and less around the country — while it is observed widely in New England, it isn’t in the rest of the country. 

To be honest, though, I don’t like Sunday weddings and probably wouldn’t give up a long holiday weekend unless it was someone I’m really close to. If it was local, I’d go and probably leave early if I had to work.

Post # 9
33 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t get it off too and would probably want to leave early-ish to go to work the next day. Have you thought about maybe doing a mid day wedding?

My husband gets very few vacation days too so he can’t really afford to take the next day off.


Post # 10
623 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@BeeinBoston:  I think any time you have a Sunday wedding you run the risk of having guests leave early.  As long as you realize you’re not going to have guests partying all night with you like it’s a Friday night or Saturday night, I think you’re fine having it on a Sunday.

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