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

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 32
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We are having a Sunday evening Wedding in December so luckily it gets dark early, which we want! =)

I’d prefer Sunday over Friday, I dont want my guests to have to take a 1/2 day or any time off work to get to my wedding, and the time it would be, would be RUSH hour, going through a 1 lane canyon! 

But go with what works for you best! Because afterall this is for you and your FI! 

Post # 33
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve been to a lot of Sunday weddings due to my FI’s religion and they’re all pretty tame. People usually start leaving around 8 and usually won’t “let loose.”

People generally don’t want a hangover for work, nor will most of your guests take off Monday because of your Sunday night.

So, if you want a huge party of a wedding, I’d opt for Friday, even though people have to rush home from work. If you don’t care if it’s a party with lots of dancing where everyone stays until the end to see you off, then do it on Sunday!

The people who care will be there, but it is a “school night.” ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 34
1325 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If I went to a sunday night wedding, I’d leave pretty early, so I guess my thoughts would be to end it earlier (8-9pm) to be considerate of your guests.

Post # 35
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

my wedding is on a Sunday too..  BUT we are having a lot of out of town guests, so the ceremony is starting at 11:30 am, and the reception will end at 5 pm.  Just in case people absolutely need to fly back Sunday night, they will be able to make it.  Just barely make it, but make it. 

The venue we wanted was booked solid for Saturdays, and my fiance is Jewish, so Sunday works better for the Rabbi since they won’t do Saturday before sundown (I always pictured Saturday night, but I never quite pictured making my guests eat at midnight!!)

After I got over the initial mindset change from always picturing the Saturday night wedding with the dance floor and all that, Sunday lunch started to grow on me.  We are having an acoustic duo, and a lemonade stand…

I am hoping it’ll work out OK for people traveling and people won’t decide not to come as a result of the day!  It’s also in a tourist area, so I’m hoping that the out of towners will be planning on staying a couple nights to do the stuff in the area they most likely haven’t done before, while they are in the area. 

Post # 36
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think Sunday is better if you want your wedding to have more of a chill vibe to it.  I’m having a Sunday evening wedding, but most of my guests are local and it’ll be an older crowd.  We don’t WANT to be partying up into the wee hours of the morn, so we’re really happy it worked out this way.  Frankly, I can’t stay up past 11 if I WANTED to.   If you’re looking for a hardcore party vibe, I’d go for a Friday.  Most people aren’t going to want to drink, dance and get too crazy when they’ve got to be up for work the next morning.

Post # 37
4753 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It wouldn’t be that bad nope, but I certainly would not be staying until 11pm. I’d probably leave after dinner and a toast or something.

Post # 38
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am a Sunday evening bride! I haven’t heard any complaints yet.  In fact, most of our Out of Town guests have already booked rooms so I am not too worried about it! The people that really want to celebrate with you will find a way to be there.  That’s how I look at it!

I agree with

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@Miss OBG: too.  If you have a Sunday wedding, the rehearsal falls on Saturday and no one is rushing home from work to be there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 39
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m a Sunday bride. I love Sundays. I think that its a perfect day for a wedding because you’ll have had time to spend with oot guests a few days before and they will have had time to enjoy the state before the wedding.

Post # 42
1642 posts
Bumble bee

@yassim: Jewish weddings are on Sunday and they’re awesome! Mazel tov and enjoy your Sunday wedding!!

Post # 43
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Several years ago I went to a Sunday night wedding. Although I dreaded going, I did have a nice time, and I do not recall any of the guests cutting out too early. The only real problem is that it started so late, and i was exhausted for the next few days.

What time frame are you looking at?

Do not, however, be discouraged. The important people who  love you will come no matter when you have your wedding.


Post # 44
9024 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My wedding is on sunday and the reception ends at 11pm. But sunday weddings are very common in my area so I’m hoping for a good turnout

Post # 45
759 posts
Busy bee

I would go to a wedding on either day.  However for  Friday wedding I would either have to leave work early so I could go home and change or I’d skip the ceremony and go to the reception oly.  A Friday wedding also gives me the rest of the weekend to recover from the partying.  ๐Ÿ™‚

For a Sunday wedding I’d most likely leave early, around 8 or 9PM, unless the next day was a holiday.  Also if I lived close to the venue I might stay longer, for me it’s really about how far I have to drive at night. 

Post # 46
875 posts
Busy bee

Personally I’d rather go to a Friday night wedding than a Sunday night…  I’m a teacher so I need to be ready to go Monday morning, so I like that relaxation time on Sunday night.  Friday, I’m normally planning to have a fun night and so it wouldn’t bug me to plan a night out.  I’m used to weddings ending late in the night, and really am a night owl… but I don’t think I would enjoy being out so late on Sunday, so I think it would wind up being the type of wedding that I would eat the meal, dance two or three dances…and then leave.  So instead of staying until 1 am or 2 am to dance and celebrate, I would be eating and heading home by 8 or 9.  I also think that families with children might have a more difficult time finding a babysitter or bringing their kids because it’s a school night.  If it was a close friend or family member, I would probably end up taking a day off either way! 

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