Prime wedding dates book up very quickly these days, thanks to all of the weddings rescheduled because of the pandemic. This means that more and more couples are considering weekday weddings. If you’re one of them, here are some important factors to consider.
The Bright Side:
You can save money. Saturdays are still the gold standard for weddings, so choosing any other day of the week offers significant savings. Not only will you save money, but your guests may save money, too. Getting married on a weekday allows guests who are traveling from out of town to take advantage of cheaper hotel dates. They can also often find better deals on flights with midweek travel.
You can book your special date without worrying. If you have a specific date in mind – like the anniversary of your first date or Mom and Dad’s wedding anniversary – often it can mean waiting years for that date to fall on a weekend. But if you open yourself up to a weekday wedding, you might be able to celebrate that special date right away! It also allows you to get married on a numerically-significant date, like 4/24/24, that doesn’t fall on a weekend.
You’ll have greater choice in vendors. With so many weddings postponed from 2020 through 2022, more couples than usual are planning their wedding for 2024. That means landing your first choice vendors may not be easy — but choosing a weekday wedding reduces the competition. Couples who get married on a weekday can get the best-of-the-best, since most venues and vendors are usually available outside of the weekend. For a smaller wedding, choosing a weekday may make it easier to reach a venue’s minimum guest requirements. Weekends are always in demand. Having a Wednesday wedding not only means your preferred vendors are probably available but also that they may be more willing to be flexible with minimums and restrictions.
You’ll have extra party days. Turn your wedding into an all-weekend affair! Kick off with the main event on Friday. A Friday wedding also adds a second day to gather with guests and continue the celebration, and opens up Sunday for travel for out-of-town guests. If you’re planning a destination wedding, your guests may have been planning on making a bigger trip out of your wedding anyway, so hosting the main event during the week gives them extra time to enjoy the location as tourists.
You’ll probably have a smaller guest count. This may be positive or negative, depending upon who you ask, but if you are trying to reduce your guest list, a weekday wedding is a natural way to provide a more intimate experience.
The Not-so-Bright Side:
You may get some surprising no-shows. If you’re considering a weekday wedding, you’ll want to make sure before locking in the date that everyone who absolutely has to participate can make it work.
You may have to start later in the day. It’s likely most of your guests will be coming straight from work, so consider having the ceremony start at sunset or later in the evening to allow time for getting ready and smooth travel to the venue.
Guests may have to leave the festivities early. Don’t expect guests to party all night long; most will have to work the next day. Schedule your most important reception events first, like the meal, the toasts, the first dance, and the cake cutting. That way, your guests can experience as much as possible before they have to leave for an early-morning wake-up call.
You should be prepared for last-minute cancellations. Weekdays can be more unpredictable; work meetings can come up unexpectedly or run late, short-notice business trips can happen, commutes can be brutal with almost no warning, or kids’ events end up taking priority. Plan for last-minute drop-offs if unavoidable complications land on your guests at the last-minute.
Some vendors may not have their A-teams available. You may find that some venues may not be set up for weekday event as large or complex as a wedding, since most of their wedding and banquet staff are usually only available on the weekends. This is even more common if you choose a seasonal destination, because local businesses and restaurants may be closed or have earlier hours on weekdays (usually Mondays and Tuesdays). Be sure to ask whether your venue is prepared to host events throughout the week before you lock in your location.
The Bottom Line:
All things considered, the up side for a weekday wedding probably outweighs the down side. Saving money, picking the date you want, having a wider choice of venues and vendors are all outstanding benefits. Sure, your guest list may be shorter than you expected and the party might end a bit earlier, but does a wedding with just your closest family and friends actually sound so bad?