Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate a Friday or Sunday Wedding Date

Trying to save a little money? Avoiding a Saturday wedding could make all the difference.
by The Knot

It’s no secret Saturdays take the cake for most popular day of the week to get married—according to The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, 7 in 10 weddings take place on Saturday. Saturday weddings give out-of-town guests enough buffer time to travel to and from the wedding location, and provides everyone a chance to recuperate on Sunday. But being a highly sought after day of the week does have its downsides. The easiest way to guarantee higher wedding vendor rates is to choose a Saturday during peak wedding season (typically between May and October). Here’s why it could be worth it to stay flexible about your date and get married on a Friday or Sunday.

There Are More Options

At many wedding ceremony and reception sites, Saturdays are booked a year or more in advance. If you have your heart set on one of these popular venues, an off-day wedding can be the right alternative for you, especially if you’re planning with a tight timeline.

You’ll Save Money on Vendors

The more popular the wedding day, the more expensive pros and services will be. So in an effort to book their space that would otherwise remain empty, some reception venues may offer the same sit-down dinner on Sunday for a lot less money than it does on a Saturday. It's a simple case of supply and demand: You'll have better luck negotiating lower rates with vendors if there aren't five other couples lined up behind you, ready to take your spot.

Airfare Costs Less

Many couples marry midweek to take advantage of lower airfare for out-of-town guests and their own honeymoon flights. Off-day weddings seem especially appealing to brides and grooms who’ve been married before and have learned two things: First, all the extra wedding expenses can really add up for them and their guests, and second, a wedding is a special celebration of love any day of the week.

Religion Might Come Into Play

Officiants of many denominations will be readily available for an off-day wedding. Many Jewish weddings, for example, take place on Sundays in deference to the Jewish Sabbath, which lasts from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday.

You’ll Celebrate With Your Biggest Fans

With a Friday or Sunday event, be prepared to receive a few more “regrets” than you would for a Saturday wedding, since many guests won’t be able to take a day off work or school to travel. While this might be a downside on the one hand, there’s always an upside: You’ll end up celebrating with your absolute closest loved ones willing to make the trek for you, making your wedding that much more intimate and special.

You Can Start Early or Party Late

Going off the beaten path lets you get creative with your wedding events. In an effort to be considerate of your traveling guests, you’ll want to start a Friday wedding later in the evening to give everyone a chance to get there. On the flip side, you should make a Sunday wedding earlier so your guests can get home with time to spare. Serve an elegant champagne brunch reception on Sunday that wraps up no later than 5 p.m. Or you’re free to party later into the night on Friday with two whole days to recover (yes, please). And your morning-after brunch on Saturday won’t feel quite so rushed without the Sunday scaries to dampen the mood.

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