(Closed) Would a Sunday night wedding be awful for our guests?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think Friday may be more feasible for your guests, especially if they’re all local. I think they’d rather leave a bit early from work if need be instead of dreading Monday morning the entire time at a late Sunday night wedding. I wouldn’t be able to enjoy myself like I would want to!

I’m getting married on a Sunday but only because it’s a holiday weekend and everyone has Monday off. Did you check and make sure the Sunday of Memorial Day (May 29) or Labor Day (September 4) weekends are booked?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Every time I stress about people “liking” or “having a good time” at our wedding, Fiance says the same thing: “Your brother married a girl no one likes, on a Thursday night, with a cash bar, in the middle of summer in Arizona, and everyone still had a great time.”

Sundays are fine. =)

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I have been to several Sunday evening weddings and especially if all of your guests are local, it should not be a problem.  They will deal with it if they are a little bit tired in the morning, and most won’t even notice a difference!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@yassim: I’m having a Sunday wedding this summer! Go for it! 90% of my guests are from out of state and have all said they will be there! I don’t think your guests will mind at all. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t think it matters. If people miss work, they will miss Friday or call in sick Monday. SO don’t worry about other people, just do what works for you. Personally, I’d prefer Sunday because I could get ready beforehand. Friday, I’d be late or not able to go. But if yogu have a bunch of alcoholics, they’ll want Friday so they can be hungover Saturday lol. But you can’t cater to everyone, it’s your wedding 🙂

 

I say stick with Sunday.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If they’re all local, then Friday or Sunday is fine.  The nice thing with Sunday is that a Saturday rehearsal dinner is still doable, and no one’s rushing to get home from work early.  You could even make things a little earlier, like have the ceremony at 4, cocktails 5-6 and reception 6-10.  I’m getting married on a Sunday night myself, but everyone traveling, which means they pretty much have to miss work on Monday.  If I can handle the guilt from that, yours is no problem.

Worst case scenario, some of the older or busier people leave early, after the cake cutting.  I think it would still be an awesome time.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our wedding is on a Sunday and will end around 11. We also have people coming in from OOS. I figure, if we had it on a Saturday they would have had to take Friday off. So having on a Sunday when they have to take Monday off isn’t as big of a deal. Besides, in the end, people will come to your wedding to support you and if they need to head home at 10 to get to bed for work in the morning, fine by me!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@katiedee: Btw this made me laugh out loud.  It’s true though, people will have a good time as long as fun people are around, and we probably don’t need to worry so much about tiny details.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I’d prefer a Sunday wedding to a Friday wedding, but I know more people would probably have to leave early on a Sunday… although leaving early from work on a Friday sucks. If they’re mostly local it seems fine though!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had a Sunday wedding.. AND the next day was a holiday… I thought people didn’t work… but we had a lot of people leave a few hours befor it ended to dive back home ( some worked) etc…

 

If your going to do a Sunday wedding do it early…

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t think it would be so bad to end it by 11, but be aware that some people will definitely leave early. I’m having a Sunday wedding, but the festivites will be all wrapped up by 8 or 9 pm. Our house is ten minutes from the venue, so if we’re not exhausted, anyone who still wants to party can come back to our place.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am having my wedding on a Thursday. I fell in LOVE with the venue and the only way I could afford it was to have the wedding during the week. This is what I figured if I send out save the date cards and people have a problem with the date they will tell me then. Do what you want its your day. Oh and the grooms day…….. sort of

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

People starting leaving mine around 8ish… except close family and younger crowd… Mine was supposed to end at 1030 11

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m a Friday bride. I never even considered a Sunday wedding because I felt that our guests wouldn’t have as much fun. With Sunday weddings you run the risk of guests leaving early or not letting loose. I don’t want either of those two things to happen at our wedding. You say that most guests would be home by midnight but that’s still very late for people who have to work the next morning. In all honesty, I would definitely go to the wedding but I would probably leave around 8 just because my Sunday nights are spent preparing for the work week (I have a routine).

It’s true that with Friday weddings your guests would probably have to take some time off of work but if your ceremony starts late enough and if they are as local as my guests are to our venue, they may only have to skip out an hour or so early. Fridays are also the start to the weekend so guests are more likely to let loose and have a good time after a long week at work.

I’m not trying to persuade you into choosing a Friday wedding over a Sunday wedding but I personally like them better. You have to do what’s best for you and your Fiance. If you like the idea of a Sunday wedding, then go for it. It obviously worked out for the PP’s. 

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