Post # 1
My wedding is Sunday August 3rd, which is a long weekend here in Canada, so most people have Monday off. But the more I read on here the more I’m beginning to panic that alot of people may not attend. We only have a handful of guests, maybe 6 who are coming from out of town, most are local so why am I worried this will happen? We’re inviting around 130 people. It would really suck if people left early too.
Guess I never thought that some might have to work on the Monday, even though it’s a statutory holiday here. It’s was alot cheaper to have a Sunday wedding.
What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
I’m having a Sunday as well. Just plan on starting earlier! We are starting at 2, so the reception ends by 8. No one should need to leave early!!
Post # 4
@maddy41: Have you talked to the people closest to you? If all your closest family/friends are ok with it, you’ll be fine. It’s no big deal if that cousin you hardly ever see can’t make the effort.
Also if it’s like Australia: most people who work public holidays are shift or casual workers who are able to request the day off, or organise a swap.
Post # 5
@maddy41: I wouldn’t stress too much. I know that the Sunday wedding I attended didn’t have a public holiday on the Monday so we left early… If there is a holiday on the Monday I wouldn’t stress. Chat to your guests, see if anyone is working the next day. Be prepared to maybe have some people leaving early if they are working the next day but as it’s a long weekend, I wouldn’t stress. We had our wedding on a Saturday with a lot of out of town guests but because the day before was a public holiday it worked well. Everyone travelled down the Friday and many drove back on the Sunday.
Post # 6
I’m having a Sunday wedding & I was worried about guests not coming but the rsvp’s are proving me wrong. It helps that it’s easter half term too. I really hope people stay but if not it’s okay. My hubby & I will be drinking champange & celebrating regardless.
Post # 7
great point, yes most of the people I’m inviting are close friends and relatives who WILL be coming. You’re right, that distant cousin/aunt who I see once every few years don’t have to show up or stay long in my opinion
Post # 8
I’d come and depending on how close we were I would book time off if needed.
Post # 9
Have you sent out STD’s? I only ask because if it’s a long weekend people may be making plans to go on vacation.
Post # 10
We had a Sunday wedding and I don’t think it stopped anyone – even out of towners – from attending! It did make the next day a little more low key than it might have been though, since people had to get back for work, etc. Since you have a long weekend, don’t sweat it!
Post # 11
I had a Sunday wedding on a sort of non-holiday weekend (Sunday before Christmas but most people didn’t have Monday the 23rd off) and we did not have any no shows for that reason. People who left early did so because they had kids. Ours was almost all local people too so as long as your 6 travelers have overnight plans I think you’re fine, especially since most have Monday off work.
Post # 12
I don’t get many holidays off, so I would probably have to work on that Monday so I’d have to leave early. If most of your guests are in town, I wouldn’t worry too much about a high decline rate (unless people are planning vacations for that long weekend).
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
If it is a holiday weekend I wouldn’t be too worried. My first wedding I had on a sunday Memorial Day weekend, and had most everyone show up.
Post # 14
DEFINITELY send out Save-The-Date Cards, in that case. If Monday is a holiday, it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve been to several Sunday weddings for the same reason.
Our wedding is a FRIDAY towards the end of the year (November). I’m sending out STD’s and making sure people know what day of the week it is so they can make sure to TAKE OFF WORK!!
Post # 15
We’re on the Sunday night, of a 3-day holiday weekend, too. We sent out the StDs 10 months out. The website had already been set-up, with room blocks at 4 hotels, and lots of other information. We planned to have it on a holiday weekend, since both sides have to travel (1.5 vs. 3.5 hours). The bridal party will have to arrive on a Saturday, for the rehearsal. We didn’t think that 2 nights in a hotel would be too much, for the bridal party, since we’re not doing bachelor/bachelorette parties, and the maids don’t have to pay for a shower.
Post # 16
We got married on Sunday of a holiday weekend and pretty much everyone showed up. One couple was out of the country due to an illness, and one of his friends would have flaked no matter when it was.
130 is a lot more people than we had, but I wouldn’t sweat it. Our family stayed as late as they would have any weekend night, and our friends all partied with us ’till 3am.