Weekday Weddings

I kinda wanted to hear opinions on weekday weddings, have you ever been to one?  Would you go if invited?  Would you welcome the excuse to take time off work, or would you have to decline?  And what if it were after work so that your day isn't affected?  Any other thoughts?

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:05 pm
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Uhlease
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 I think it depends! I've been to a friend's wedding on a Friday night before. I think there's always the chance that some people will decline because of that, but if they're good enough friends and/or family, it shouldn't make a huge difference. Or some people might be a little late because sometimes it's hard to get off work at a certain time, but overall the day shouldn't matter. If people have to wake up early the next day for work, they're definitley less likely to stay late or to drink much, so it all depends on what you're going for! What day are you thinking? :)

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:04 pm
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 i have been to a fri pm wedding.  not everyone in my family could attend because of the day.  most of the friends and family were there though.  in the jewish culture, tue is a special day, so there are some jewish people who choose to marry on that day.  i know of weddings on tue.  they were like lunchtime weddings, so i guess you could take a couple hours off of work and go to the wedding.  if you were gonna have a wedding during the week, not on fri pm, then i would say lunch would be the best time.  a lot of people get an hr for lunch already, so they only need to take a couple extra hours.  if they needed to return to work they could.  most of the receptions i have seen that took place that early in the day didnt have a ton of dancing, so the wedding reception didnt take as long.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:14 am
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 Thanks ladies, I have a Friday wedding picked out. My fiance works odd hours and since Friday works best for him it was kind of a no brainer. We're also on a budget and catering places around here charge half price for weekdays so that certainly doesn't hurt!  My only quandary now it's whether to have a lunch wedding or a late afternoon one.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 6:17 am
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Hi Kuppy13! I am planning to get married on a Friday also. We decided on a Friday mostly due to cost. Almost every vendor that I spoke to said that they would offer a discount for a Friday wedding during the day. Since we are paying for the wedding ourselves we figured that this would be the best way to go for us. Friday evening weddings are just as expensive as Saturday or Sunday weddings when I am so we're going with a daytime wedding.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:08 am
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 MrsL, a daytime wedding is an excellent idea. But have you received any flack from your guests about the time of day?

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:25 am
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If it's during the day, just be prepared for some people to decline. But hey, if cost is a big motivator, then having less guests will save $ too, so you're golden! lol. 

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:00 am
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I may be leaning more towards late afternoon, as our venue is outdoors and I don't want my guests to be stuck in the heat.
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:11 am
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 late afternoon is good, because then people who want to work can just ask off for a few hours at the end of their work day.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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I agree with Uhlease - I think you will have some people who can't make it because of work, even on a Friday night, especially if they have to travel any kind of distance - but that would be the only drawback that I could see. IMO any other "week" day except Friday would be weird, but I know Fridays get discounts at a lot of venues so if it's an option for you it's definitely something to consider!

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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@Kuppy13- We've only told our families and close friends about the date but no one has even batted an eye about the fact that it's a Friday.  I figure that the people who truly want to be there will be no matter what and the people who don't want to be there won't.  As long as our families are there that's all that matters to me. 

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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Well put, MrsL!
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm
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Posted on April 17, 2014 at 2:11 am
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I'm pretty much on the same page as everyone. I've gone to Friday evening weddings before and had to skip lunch and leave work early because I didn't want to have to use PTO. It's a little hectic--trying to get ready in the car and I probably looked all frazzled--but it worked out in the end and plenty of people made it. I can imagine a day time wedding would be more difficult. I would have to take PTO and we don't get much time. But of course if this was my brother or someone close to me I would take it off, no question. However if it were a distant cousin, or relative I don't see often, I would have to think it through. I agree late afternoon is better than early, then guests could take a half day! 

Either way this is your day and the only people who NEED to be there are you and your FI! Whether is a monday morning, or a Saturday night, you'll be Mr. and Mrs. forever!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

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