Post # 1
FI and I booked our dream venue yesterday. The only availability they had next year was on Sundays. So we picked Columbus day weekend, figuring at least some people would be off the next day. Plus, many of our guests don’t work the typical Monday-Friday hours so we didn’t think a Sunday wedding would be an issue. But now I’m getting worried (of course I get concerned AFTER we put a deposit down). I heard people leave early or don’t even come to Sunday weddings, and that was something I never even thought of!
Our ceremony will begin at 2pm. Between that and the receiving line we’re thinking of doing, the cocktail hour would begin at 3. We will be out of there by 8pm. It’s a 2-3 hour drive for most people, so we thought that would give them time to get home. I’m finding out now that people don’t like to cut loose at Sunday weddings and that there’s a different vibe.
Did I make a huge mistake by booking this place??
Post # 3
@newcitylights: I don’t think so. If I had to travel three hours, I may leave the reception a little early, but I would happily travel to attend a Sunday afternoon/ evening wedding. In fact, DH and I did actually do this a couple of years ago to attend one of my friend’s weddings in another state.
Post # 4
I must admit I don’t like weddings when the next day is work or school but in your case you are having it finishing earlier even if I had to travel I’d definitely be ok with it.
However if I that to work the next day I wouldn’t be drinking or partying as hard. For a close friend or family member I would try to get the next day off.
Post # 5
It all depends on what you envision for YOUR wedding. Have you always envisioned people staying late into the evening, dancing the night away, getting crazy, etc.? That will be less feasible for most people with a Sunday wedding. That said, many of your closest friends may take Monday off, leaving a smaller and closer-knit group rather than a big crowd of partiers. If the latter sounds appealing to you, I say go for the Sunday wedding!
Post # 6
We are having a Sunday wedding but its also a destination wedding (about a 2 hr plane ride for most). For the first year I was stressed about it but now I have come to terms with it. I realized that even if it was Saturday, most would probably fly in Friday and would miss work either way. In the end, the people that care about you will be there. You may have some people that cannot come but the ones that really care, they will try to get there no matter the day.
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2013 - Atrium at the Curtis Center
My husband was very worried about this, but it turns out we had very few guests leave early. I feel like the people who left early would leave early on a Saturday or Friday night wedding, too. They were mostly older/family, some said they had to work the next day. And my wedding started at 4 and went to 10:30, on Martin Luther King weekend. As for guests that didn’t come because it was a Sunday, I can’t really say, but I know our wedding was exactly how I imagined it!
Post # 8
I’ve been to a few Sunday weddings and they were fine! The couple did end it a bit earlier as you two are doing, and because of that people still drank and nobody left early. Relax, it’ll be great 🙂
Post # 9
Not at all !!! Keep your dream venue !!! We were married on a Sunday afternoon at 130 in September. We knew it would get dark by 730-8pm and we were ok with that. Everyone came some people left early due to other commitments though they were there for the ceremony which is all that matters. Almost everyone else stayed till 630-7 then we packed up before it got dark.
Post # 10
Most of my out of owners were going to need to take a Friday or Monday off anyway, just to fly in, so I went with Sunday as well. Not married yet but I’m not too worried. Those who care will make it. Ending by 8 with a 3 hour drive is great! I think most people can make it to 11 pm for such a special occasion.
Post # 11
Our wedding, too, is a Sunday. Most of the Saturdays were booked out and those which were not did not have registras available (in the UK, in non-church weddings you need to make sure the person who is going to marry you – a registra- is available). for example, the Satu before our wedding, the venue was free but the registras were’nt available til 4.45. In the UK you must get married before 6pm so that would not leave us much time for maneuvour. The rules in UK are really weird with regards to weddings – you can’t get married outside – you must hae a roof over your head etc.
So yeah we went with the Sunday rather than the late saturday -and as PP have said – many of our guests are travelling so they would have to take the Fri off anyways. I am a bit nervy about the people leaving early thing, but i’ll be dancing til late .. so 🙂
Post # 12
People that really want to be there will be there even if they have to take the next day off work. It is a wedding so they have ample time to plan for it. Don’t worry I think Sunday is a good day because it gives them Saturday to trave and get a hotel if they want and they can decide if they want to take Monday off or not… also you didn’t take their Saturday from them so they can still enjoy their day off. Don’t worry about it.
Post # 13
I’m halving a Sunday wedding – ceremony at 330 cocktail,hour starts at 4. Party goes till 9 then after party in the 3rd floor atrium bar till 1am.
we’re hiring buses to transport guests back to manhattan (45 min ride) at 9pm and 1am. I guess it depends on your guests – most of our friends are NYC folks and would be out till 2am on a Sunday anyway. I’m not worried. But if most people were driving I see your point.
Post # 14
I’ve been to a couple Sunday weddings that I’ve driven. About 2-2.5 hours to, and I will admit that I left early. BUT they both started late (ceremony at 5) and the reception went to about 11. We left at around 9:00. So if it were earlier like yours I would have definitely stayed the whole time.
Post # 15
We’re planning a sunday wedding too. I think you’ll be fine.
Post # 16
We had a Sunday wedding and it worked perfect 🙂