(Closed) What day of the week was your DW?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Ours was on a Wednesday at noon. But we eloped, so worrying about people coming wasn’t an issue.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Great question! I think in your situation, going with Thursday could be a little iffy… for reasons your dad is pointing out. For our wedding, similar to you, it will be a Destination Wedding for just about everyone except us since we live here. However, everyone is going to be flying in for like a week and making a vacation out of it, so it really shouldn’t matter at all what day it is for us.

Are many of your guests going to make a trip out of it? Or were they only planning on doing a 3 day weekend kind of thing? If it’s the latter, I gotta say I don’t think it’s quite fair to ask them to take an additional day off. Actually, check the airfare rates. It might be cheaper for them to fly on Thursday instead, so that could be reason enough to go with it.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think there is a huge difference between a Thursday wedding and a Friday wedding, and I agree with your dad that a lot less people will come on a Thursday.  A three day weekend is a lot easier than a full on vacation, and sometimes one day makes a world of difference. We are getting married in Mexico so everyone will be traveling, and though some people are planning on making a trip out of it, there are some people who are only coming Friday – Sunday (wedding is on Saturday).  Could you have a Sunday wedding, or is that considered the weekend as well?

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

my wedding is in Jamaica on a tuesday. it works out great because all my guests are staying there for a full week.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Were doing a friday. We wanted everyone to be able to get settled in their hotels before the ceremony so decided on 7 pm.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I think if you are getting married within the US, it’s a big difference.  If people have a certain number of vacation days for year, then it really does make a difference to have to take an extra day off of work.  Enough difference that they may not come.  If it’s a saturday, they could theoretically fly in Friday afternoon and back on Sunday, and miss only a half day of work.  On a Thursday, they’d be looking at two days of work, minimum–and that would require flying the morning after your wedding, which might make them less inclined to really let their hair down at your reception. 

Also, Knoxville is lovely, but it’s not a place that I want to spend a week of my vacation time. Caribbean, yes.  Tenessee, no.  Nice place, but for my vacations I like a beach.

Finally, 700 miles?  That’s a 2-hour flight.  People could even fly in Friday night for a Saturday wedding.

You know your guest list better than any of us, so if you honestly think everyone will come for a week anyway, then go ahead.  But for the vast majority of weddings, I think it would make a big difference.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We’re having a “DW” in Florida.  Ours will be on a Thursday night.  Talk to your guests.  We asked everyone if it would be a problem and no one objected.  There all already going to be there for the week anyway!  So it really didn’t matter what day we got married on!!  Luckily everyone agreed with our Thursday night because that’s our dating anniversary and we REALLY wanted to get married on that day!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

We held ours on a Tuesday but all our guests were staying at least a week in Mexico with us so it’s a little different. What about having a Monday wedding? The could come in on Sunday and leave Tuesday??

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I tend to agree w most posters.  Your wedding isn’t what I think of as a typical destination wedding.  I would not make a vacation out of a TN wedding and wouldn’t like to take off an extra day unless I was immediate family or close friend of couple,

Edit: And this is not a dig, but your wedding is in Nov when people really don’t take much vacation, least of all to a place that won’t be super warm.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are having a Destination Wedding in Florida and our wedding will be on a Wednesday. It works for us because everyone is going down for Memorial Day weekend and then staying for the whole week. We also saved a lot of money by doing it on a weekday!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our wedding will be on a Tuesday.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Mine was a Monday… But it was in the Dominican and everyone was there for a week so the day didnt really matter.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Mine was a Monday… But it was in the Dominican and everyone was there for a week so the day didnt really matter.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I also agree with the a lot of the previous posters in that I think there is a big difference between a Destination Wedding in Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican, etc, than in Tenessee.  I’m sure Tenessee is a lovely place to visit and people will enjoy being there for your wedding, but I wouldn’t want to spend my sacred vacation days there and take more than one day off. 

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