Friday or Sunday wedding?

I really would like a wedding on Saturday so it is more convenient for our guests, but prices for Friday and Sunday are so much cheaper. Do you think guests will come to a wedding on a Friday or Sunday? Will they stay and dance and drink, or will they leave early?
Posted on April 20, 2007 at 4:58 am
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I hear that Friday nights are better because people stay late and party.
Posted on April 20, 2007 at 6:05 am
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If you live in a highly congested area, I wouldn't suggest a Friday. I didn't want to go to a relative's birthday that was held at 7pm on Friday because that would mean I'd have to leave work right away (at 5pm) just to get there on time (and the distance was about 25 miles). Thursdays are getting pretty bad, too.

Sunday, I think a morning/afternoon wedding is fine (maybe after church, depending on your religious stance and if you are having a church ceremony). It would have to end early for people who work on Mondays, but if you don't envision having a wedding where people are dancing the night away (because not everyone includes dancing), then Sunday's cool.
Posted on April 20, 2007 at 6:20 am
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I think Fridays and Sundays are fine. If I thought evening traffic would be a problem on Friday, I'd just arrange to take off a couple of hours early. That's what vacation time is for, right? :-) (Assuming one has an understanding boss, of course. But most people are cool about weddings, so long as you're not "going to a wedding" all the time....)

You might also consider that if someone would be willing to skip your wedding because it was "inconvenient", whether they're worth blowing the money on. Your real friends will be at your wedding if it's at 3am on a Wednesday. Not saying that you should deliberately make it difficult, of course... but if you want a Friday or a Sunday, go for it.
Posted on April 20, 2007 at 7:21 am
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I am having a Sunday wedding cause I really wanted a July wedding and all the Saturdays at my venue were booked...even a year and a half in advance. I also didn't mind the Sunday date cause it is an 8 (good luck in Chinese). Depending on your venue, it can be cheaper. My venue, catering, florist, videography are ALL THE SAME PRICE. Choosing a holiday weekend with a Sunday wedding is perfect. If you don't expect much dancing, then it's also another non issue. I would not worry about traffic on a Friday cause like the above posting says, just schedule to get off a couple hours early...should not be a big deal.
Posted on April 20, 2007 at 8:31 am
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I agree with PP about people not staying too late for dancing on Sunday night weddings and also about traffic on Fridays. It's doable but there might be some people who left work early but traffic was so bad that they are still late to your wedding. The last Sunday night wedding I went to, I think I left around 9 to 10 but I was still really exhausted the next day at work.
Posted on April 20, 2007 at 9:42 am
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I had a Friday wedding because it was cheaper than Saturday and Sunday for the venue I really wanted. Most of vendors gave discounts for Friday. I had a mid afternoon wedding that lasted into the evening. So traffic wasn't a problem. My venue has since raised the price for Friday weddings because I guess, it's becoming popular.

I also thought about 'well, would guests come on a Friday?' Let me just say that the people who really care about you will take the time off for your wedding. Heck, you're giving them a half day off from work!

Fridays are better if you're expecting a crowd that likes to dance and party. Sundays are better for daytime weddings but if your crowd doesn't party then a Sunday late afternoon/evening wedding would work.

If Sunday or Friday falls on a 3 day weekend, I think guests are more likely to come. The Friday starting Labor Day weekend has become popular.
Posted on April 20, 2007 at 4:13 pm
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We don't like going to Sunday evening weddings because we have to worry about getting up early the next day to go to work. I'd much prefer Friday nights.
Posted on April 30, 2007 at 6:37 pm
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I agree w/ MrsBabySalute - it's much, much harder to enjoy a Sunday wedding knowing that you have work the next day.
Posted on May 2, 2007 at 5:33 pm
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We're having a Sunday wedding because our venue's minimums were too high for a Saturday and we wouldnt be able to reach it with only 80 guests. Its working out wonderfully. We'll have it end at 10pm the latest and its only half an hour away from most guests. Plus its soo discounted! i love it!

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 10:55 am
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we're having ours on a Friday nite...6pm....mins were lower than Sat, but we still would have made it with our list....but they were only available for a day wedding on Sat, and we wanted an evening wedding...plus we figure it gives people who haven't ever been, a chance to tour around SF the rest of the weekend...

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 10:59 am
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i love friday weddings actually - gives you the rest of the weekend to sleep off the hangover.. or visit the surrounding area...

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 11:06 am
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we seriously seriously considered a Friday but in the end we decided there was no way we wanted to have our guests take time off work and sit through rush hour traffic to make it in time for our 4pm wedding. ideally it would have been Saturday. but oh well Sunday will do.

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 11:09 am
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I'm having a Sunday wedding, I have a lot of family members who work on Fridays and Saturdays, so it worked out great. Since I didn't have a year to plan the wedding, it was a lot easier booking the vendors I wanted on a Sunday also, since a lot of vendors are booked a year in advance.

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 11:55 am
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what about a saturday brunch? I moved my wedding from saturday night to saturday mid-morning and went from $90 a plate down to $40!

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 11:56 am
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oh yeah, friday in LA - nightmare in traffic!!


i'd probably be all "saucy" as jackie says, by the time i got to the church!

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 11:56 am
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Were doing Sunday- but the next day is labor day so its working out fine so far!  I hear at Friday ones guests can be late much easier- b/c of leaving work, traffic, etc.


Now that I have been throughthe wedding process- I could care less what day- those who want to go WILL go- even if they have to take off work, travel, etc!


- HMM :)

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 11:59 am
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If your guests are going to drive in traffic on Friday then be aware of late guests. If the wedding is during the day on Sunday it might be the better possibility, but if you want to party late, then do it Friday. Also keep in mind if the venue is a drive for some people in the wedding party, they have to come to the rehearsal on thursday when they have to work as well. Just some things I thought about when I was thinking of a Friday vs. Sunday.

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 12:02 pm
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We recently had a Friday wedding. I was really reluctant to do it on Friday but had no choice b/c the venue was booked. We just had our wedding two weeks ago and I'm SO glad we did it on Friday! I'm sure there were some who felt inconvenienced by the date but for most, it wasn't a big deal. We started everything later (6:30) to make it as easy as possible for guests to arrive. And we've heard from a lot of friends/family that they enjoyed having two days to recover (our wedding was pretty wild!). And the best part is that it made the wedding seem like an event b/c for the next few days after, we had post-wedding events...it made everything last longer. I agree w/ PPs re: Sundays though.

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm
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We had our wedding Friday evening because we saved $4K for the reception hall alone. The building required a buy out on Saturday and Sunday and we only had 80 guests. It worked fine and nobody had an issue with it. People stayed until the 11 pm closing time.

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm
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We're having a Friday wedding. That was the only day available .We had to do it with in the last 2 weeks of September for my FI's grandmother from Arkansas to attend since she's visiting during those weeks. I hope it run's smoothly it starts at 6pm. For get's out of town which is like 10% the drive is about 45-60 mins with traffic. I'm crossing my fingers... 

Posted on August 5, 2008 at 3:01 am

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