Post # 1
I haven’t been to very many weddings so I have no idea. All my top venues are booked Saturdays for 2012 but I really wanted to get married this spring 🙂 30% of our guests are on the opposite side of US and 40% have a 3 hour train ride.
If Saturday is NOT an option, would Friday or Sunday work better?
I’m thinking Sunday b/c saturday is rehearsal dinner and you could still get back by 1am sunday if you couldn’t take off work monday???
My favorite wedding venue only has 1 friday left so is it even possible for people who have 5 hour flight to come on a friday??
Post # 3
I think a sunday would be better than a friday in your case!
Post # 4
@GreatGatsby: Sunday at 2.
Anytime on Friday means that most people will have to take the full Friday off of work in order to get there, get fancied up and attend.
I am sure you have thought of this, but just wanted to throw it out there that you will more then likely not have much of a party atmosphere on a Sunday, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be elegant and amazing.
Post # 5
@andielovesj:Thanks for the response. What do you mean, no party atmosphere on a Sunday?? B/c the sun may still be out when dancing starts? 6pm Or b/c people will want to leave early??
Post # 7
I’m doing mine on a Sunday but the Monday after is a holiday.
Post # 8
We are having a destination wedding, and our ceremony and party will be on a Sunday. This was if the guests want to make it a longer vacation they can have Friday/Saturday to do their own thing. Also, hotels are less expensive on Sunday-Monday ect.
I agree that having a wedding on a Sunday would change the atmosphere though. People might be less keen to stay as long as they would on a Friday or Saturday as they have to get ready for work the next day.
Post # 9
@GreatGatsby: I meant because people will have to leave early to go to work the next day. Even if they stay late, they are unlikely to be drinking as heavily as a Saturday and partying less.
Post # 10
I agree that Sunday would probably work better for most, moreso than a Friday wedding. Are there any Monday holidays around the dates you’re looking at? That would be ideal (so people could still stay late/drink/etc.)
Post # 11
Out of the area guests will typically take off plenty of time from work to allow for travel. As long as you send out save the dates ahead of time to allow for advance notice so they can schedule time off, then any time will work for them. Friday is better than Sunday in most situations.
Post # 12
If you are in the US and the date you have on your profile is the weekend you’re looking at; that’s Memorial Day weekend so honestly Sunday would be best.
Post # 13
We had a Sunday wedding, ceremony @ 2:30pm, reception from 3 – 8:30pm. Over half of our guests had to fly in from across the country or take take a similar long train ride. Saturday night, we had a welcome dinner for all the wedding party and out-of-town guests, which I think everyone really enjoyed and appreciated. I found that the local guests were the ones more likely to leave a little early/not drink bc they were all trying to get to work the next day. The out-of-town guests, who had all taken Monday off of work to travel back home, partied just like it was a Saturday night — to them, it was a “destination” wedding anyway, so they were up to have a good time on their “vacation”.
We only had a few couples that couldn’t make the long trip bc of work — but that’s not really too bad when most guests are traveling out-of-state for a wedding. They possibly couldn’t have made the trip even if it was Saturday, and definitely wouldn’t have been able to make Friday.
Post # 14
I picked Sunday. I’m Jewish and Jews in general have weddings on Sundays and its always a party!! I wouldnt worry about it not being a party atmosphere. 🙂
Post # 15
I think it depends what you are going for. Sunday will require less time off work because people traveling across the country will only have to take Monday off. If you do Friday then they may have to take part or all of Thursday off as well. If you give folks enough time to plan though, I don’t think it’s an issue. I’ve taken so many days off of work to travel for weddings that it seems pretty common to me. If it were me, I would prefer Friday. I hate going away for a weekend and scrambling home, getting back late and having to go to work the next day. I’d rather take a day or two off, enjoy the time at the wedding and make a long weekend of it, then get home without being super rushed. All in all, I don’t think it will much matter for people who are traveling, and the local folks will have more fun on a Friday since they don’t have to go to work the next day.
Post # 16
I would pick Friday, if I were in your situation. Most people coming from out of town would likely have taken Friday off anyway, and it seems like it would be cheaper to book a flight for a Thursday, rather than a Friday or Saturday. Plus, it would help keep up the “party” vibe. I’m not a fan of weddings on Sundays, but maybe because that’s my “lazy day” when I like to sleep in and do nothing.