Our event planners are sharing secrets of a few new wedding trends we love… and that actually save money! In recent years, there has been a growing number of couples opting out of traditional Saturday weddings. After all, there are only so many Saturdays in a year and they go pretty quickly at top dollar pricing. Although Saturday weddings are the popular option, there are many reasons to consider having a Friday or Sunday wedding.
Friday and Sunday weddings are usually offered at a discounted rate. You’ll also have a much better chance of locking in your date, and securing your dream destination wedding venue along with the best wedding vendors in the area. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to make a weekend of it and spend more time with your friends and family. You can plan more activities with guests if your wedding isn't smack dab in the middle of the weekend.
Say “I do” on Sunday
From experience we have talked with many destination brides and grooms who really enjoyed having their wedding on a Sunday because it allowed plenty of time for travel and they didn't feel rushed. Having an extra day in between allowed them to settle in before all the activities began.
With your wedding on a Sunday, you can extend the celebration by hosting bridal brunches on Saturday morning or your rehearsal dinner on Saturday night. Guests can enjoy the city on Saturday, and join the wedding party after their rehearsal dinner.
Guests get the chance to meet each other before the wedding and everyone seems to form a quick bond. When the wedding arrives on Sunday, its like they have all been friends forever, even if they just met. Guests feel more included on all the fun, creating an even more memorable wedding for everyone involved.
Guests may want to explore the city themselves, too. Sunday's are especially great for destination weddings. It allows your family and friends to travel on Friday and squeeze in some activities of their own before Sunday.
With a Sunday wedding, your ceremony and reception are the big finale at the end of a memorable weekend getaway for guests.
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For Friday night weddings, guests get to kick off the weekend with your wedding celebration first. This gives everyone a chance to meet all the family and friends right away. They have the next day or two to continue the fun and still get home for work on Monday.
Many couples who have a Friday night wedding also plan a Saturday afternoon brunch and invite their guests to join them.
Guests seem to enjoy the Friday night option because it is usually easier to take a Friday off work to travel, rather than a Monday.
Let’s face it, even if it isn’t a “destination” wedding, chances are you will still have a lot of traveling guests. With the wedding on a Friday or Sunday, you’ll get a chance to show off your city to all the out of town guests, and spend quality time with your loved ones that you don’t see often enough. The real question is why would you want to limit yourself to one day when you can have a WHOLE WEEKEND scheduled around your wedding!?