With all of the benefits of a Friday or Sunday wedding, who says you have to get married on a Saturday?! Exchanging vows on another day of the week definitely has its advantages. Whether it’s saving some money or being able to score those super popular wedding vendors whose Saturdays book up over a year in advance, these reasons to consider a non-Saturday wedding just might be enough to convince you!
You can party all weekend!
One of the biggest benefits of a non-Saturday wedding is the chance to extend the celebration! Friday weddings can be just the beginning of a weekend-long series of events. After the reception, invite guests to a casual afternoon picnic the next day before following up with a farewell party on Sunday. Or host the nuptials in reverse, starting with a fun welcome get-together for out-of-town guests, following with a cocktail reception the night before the wedding, and concluding the weekend with the grand event – your wedding reception!
There are opportunities to be creative.
Love cheese and wine? Throw a Friday night charcuterie and wine tasting-style soiree. Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? Sundays just call for waffles, donuts, and brunch weddings, don’t you think? If you’re already thinking outside the box with a non-Saturday date, why stop there? The opportunities to be creative with your Friday or Sunday wedding are endless and we encourage you to take advantage of all of them!
They can be less expensive.
Weddings cost money. Like A LOT of money. If you’re looking to save some dough, luckily some venues and vendors offer discounted packages for non-Saturday weddings. Of course, this isn’t the case with every wedding professional. After all, they are providing the same service, expertise, talent, and time no matter what day of the week they are working. However, it can never hurt to politely ask!
Your guests might save money too.
While weddings cost a pretty penny to host, they aren’t cheap to attend either. Between travel costs, hotel rooms, eating out, a gift, new attire, and after-party drinks – just to name a few expenses – guests can easily drop several hundred dollars just to be a part of your celebration. Out-of-town guests just might rejoice at a Friday or Sunday wedding. Airfare and overnight accommodations are notoriously cheaper on weekdays, when many of them would either be arriving or departing.
Your favorite vendors might have more availability.
Saturdays are the most popular days for weddings, and – with only 52 Saturdays in a year – vendors’ schedules fill up fast. Most wedding professionals book up a year or more in advance. However, if you open yourself up to a Friday or Sunday wedding, your chances of securing your favorite photographer, venue, florist, wedding planner, etc. just multiplied! If you’ve been dying to work with someone who is already booked every Saturday for the next year, ask about Friday and Sunday availability!
You’ll have more time to spend with family and friends.
While it might feel like it’s taking for.ev.er for the big day to arrive, once it’s here, it’s going to FLY by. You’ll spend a few hours getting ready, time taking photos, and, of course, actually GETTING MARRIED. By the time you finally get to socialize with your guests, it’ll be well into the evening. A four or five hour party might seem like a long one but in reality, you’ll likely only spend a few precious moments with each family member or friend. By extending the weekend, you give yourself another day or two to gather and mingle with those you love the most. After all, there may never be another time in your life when every person you hold near and dear to your heart is in the same room at the same time. Why not milk that for all it’s worth?!
Did you opt for a Friday or Sunday wedding? Tell us why in the comments, or upload a photo to social media and tag @burghbrides or use #burghbrides so we can see how you celebrated non-Saturday style!