(Closed) Would you go to a Thursday wedding with enough notice??

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would absolutely go to a Thursday wedding if the wedding takes place close to my town. If I have to drive for 2 hours and have work on Friday, I would think about it. 

Post # 4
3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FutureMrsT1221:  My fiance and I went to one last summer. I’m a teacher so I had off, but he ended up taking off that Thursday and Friday to go. The ceremony was at the venue though, so it started at 6 pm. Most people took a half day that day. You might have some people skip the church and attend the reception instead. Also, I noticed that a lot of people left early, especially if they didn’t take off that Friday. 

I think for (only) $1000 less, I would do the Friday wedding. It’s a lot easier for people to attend that being that they have off on Saturday. In the grand scheme of things, 1k isn’t that much. But that’s just me.

ETA: If your guests are staying at the hotel afterwards, then they will probably have to take off Friday from work. So you might not have a lot of guests stay at the hotel afterwards. I know that I probably wouldn’t if it was a Thursday wedding and I had to work on Friday.

Post # 5
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Honestly, only if you were a close friend or family and I lived nearby.  Even then I might find an excuse not to go.  But I don’t even like Friday weddings.

Post # 6
4984 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

If it’s close enough, I’d certainly try. It’d come down to a lot of factors.

Post # 7
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@FutureMrsT1221:  I think you need to decide what is most important to you: saving the extra money for a Thursday wedding, or having a high guest attendance rate. If a wedding isn’t conveninet, causes someone to miss work/lose money/take a vacation day, or provides challenges with work, child care, etc. then chances are they won’t come.

I’m sure that those most important to you will find a way, but you will absolutely have fewer people attend on a Thursday than a Saturday (or even a Friday). People work the next day and it would not be enjoyable. I understand the need to save money, but you chose to have a wedding rather than elope. That means that the day is equally about your guests and their comfort.

I would not advocate having a wedding you can’t afford. It is your choice and you need to consider what is important to you overall – saving the extra money or having everyone you love and respect there to share in the day with you. I would not have the energy or time for a Thursday wedding but that’s just me. Neither choice is wrong, you do what’s best for you.

Post # 8
1531 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@FutureMrsT1221:  If it was a family member we would absolutely go.  If it wasnt, we probably wouldnt. We would have to take a half day at work on Thurs and work off on Friday if we were local…its not worth it to us if its not family.

I would go for Friday, and cut costs somewhere else.

Post # 9
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Depends – what time would the ceremony be at? And the reception? If you were really close to me (close long time friend or family) – if it was required I had to take the day off to attend – I would. Otherwise I wouldnt.

I may just come for the ceremony but not the reception if it was after work and close by, as I would probably have to work the next day.

Personally, I would spend the extra $1000 and have it on the Friday.

Post # 10
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@beachbride1216:  +1. I don’t even go to Friday or Sunday weddings, so a Thursday is completely out of the question.

@FoxyBride14:  +1, a Friday beats a Thursday and $1,000 would be worth it (to me).

Post # 11
1227 posts
Bumble bee

I would go if it was local, however I would not stay late.

If the bride or groom were close family and not local, I would take Thursday and Friday off to attend, and party my ass off. 🙂

Post # 12
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would try to make it, if it was someone close to me.

Post # 13
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Only if it was immediate family or a super close friend. Other than that, hell no lol

Post # 14
8880 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

it the wedding was within an hours drive including traffic, i would go.  i would even take off a couple hours from work to get ready.  i went to a 5pm wedding on a friday and took half a day off.


but i would leave no later than 10 since i would have to work the next day, especially if i have to drive up to an hour to go home..


if you were a super close friend or a relative, than i would take the next day off depending what was planned and how late the reception was going.



ETA: if all that matters if you save money, i think you should invite a very small number of people, say 30 max.  have the ceremony, then treat everyone to dinner afterwards in a private room at a restaurant.

Post # 15
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If I was in town or it was like… my brother, I would go! Otherwise not. You could be in luck if you have a lot of in town guests though.

Post # 16
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Eh, many people will have to take time off Thursday to make it to the ceremony and a day off on Friday if they really want to party. If I were traveling from far away (plane ride) I wouldn’t care because I’d be making a trip out of the whole thing. If I were local, I’d need to be close to the couple to attend the whole thing a really have a good time. Otherwise, I’d probably show up late (reception only) or more likely on time (for the ceremony) and leave pretty early. A Friday or a Sunday would be my preference for the cost-conscious couple!

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