Benefits of a non-Saturday wedding
Saturday will always be the most popular day of the week to get married. In my parents’ and grandparents’ days, weddings were easy compared to today. Couples got married in the church, followed by a reception in the church hall or a parent’s home. They were simple affairs. “Simple” is rarely a word used to describe a wedding today. Now we have a ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, toasts, and dancing with an average of 150 guests. Even the entrances and exits have to be grand. Thus was born the concept of the wedding venue, a place designed with all of your wedding dreams in mind. Ta-da! It was a fantastic idea. It was an idea we very much appreciate. But, there was one flaw…
There are only so many Saturdays in a wedding season. We had 27 Saturdays available for 2015, because outdoor venues have a short season. Our site is allowed a maximum of 60 events, which leaves us 33 weddings that are either held on Friday or Sunday. Currently, the average engagement period is 9-16 months. But, when is the most popular time to pop the question? Christmas and New Years. Do you see the dilemma? There is a good chance that as the ring is being slipped onto a bride’s finger, all of the Saturdays at her soon-to-be favorite venues are already gone for the upcoming wedding season. What is a newly engaged couple to do? For a couple who is thinking of an outdoor wedding they have a few options. Get a jump on the following season and grab the Saturday of your choice, find a venue with an indoor option, or consider a Friday or Sunday.
Fridays and Sundays are not a new idea. Still, the majority of inquires I get this time of the year are from couples looking for a Saturday. In fact, The New York Times covered this topic in an article back in 2006. Fridays and Sundays worked then, and they still work today. There are quite a few advantages to a non-Saturday wedding.
Friday weddings rock because…
- There is a greater availability of dates.
- Fridays costs less than Saturdays. Not just venues, but often vendors discount non-Saturdays too.
- Venues often have a lower guest count minimum.
- You are giving your guests a 3-day weekend. They can enjoy the wedding day, recover from it the next day, and still have a day off before Monday rolls around.
- Fridays are easier to take off than Mondays. After all, who feels like going to work on a Monday morning after a wedding?
- Friday is the perfect date night or night out to celebrate the end of the week. Your family and friends will be in a great mood to celebrate with you.
Sunday weddings rock because…
- Sundays are laid back and easy. Guests can let the worries of life slip away and focus on enjoying the wedding day.
- Guests who do have to travel to your wedding have time to decompress from their drive or flight.
- The wedding can end earlier, allowing guests who do want to go to work the next day head home at a decent hour. After parties are awesome for those want to keep the party going.
- And of course, the first two points from above.
Ultimately, what I notice time and again is this… The couple getting married is important and well-loved by those who make the guest list. No matter what day of the week the wedding is on, there is effort involved in attending a wedding. Adjusting a wedding that is not on a Saturday may take a little effort, but certainly not a huge one. In the end, the couple is worthy of any inconvenience. On that day, guests are in a beautiful setting, being plied with delicious beverages and bites, taking in the romance of the vows, laughing at toasts, chatting up friends, and dancing with joyful abandon. With all of that to enjoy, who cares what day of the week it is?