The Pros and Cons of 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 that Saturdays take the cake for the most popular day of the week to get married. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, 7 in 10 weddings take place on a Saturday. Saturday weddings remain popular for obvious reasons: They give out-of-town guests enough buffer time to travel to and from the wedding location, and provide 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, during which nearly 80 percent of couples say "I do"). Here are a few pros and cons of getting married on Friday, Sunday or really any non-Saturday wedding date.

Pro: 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 could be the right alternative for you, especially if you’re planning within a tight timeline.

Con: More Guests Than Expected Might Have to RSVP "No"

There's no getting around the fact that weeknights and Sundays are hard to plan for. Whether it's work, school, religious obligations or travel logistics, any number of factors could prevent your nearest and dearest from being able to make the trek for your nuptials. With a Friday or Sunday event, be prepared to receive a few more "regrets" than you would for a Saturday wedding.

Pro: 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.

Con: You'll Have Some Late Arrivals and/or Early Departures

All of that said, a few guests might not be able to make the ceremony—either on time or at all. On the other end, some may have to skip out right after the meal and toasts to head home (unless you consider a Sunday brunch wedding). You'll just need to be a little more flexible, which is totally doable.

Pro: You’ll Celebrate With Your Biggest Fans

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 trip for you, making your wedding that much more intimate and special. And remember, even for a Saturday wedding, if you give faraway guests enough advanced notice, they'll probably plan to take a day off (either Friday or Monday, for example) to travel anyway.

Con: Religion Could Be a Conflict

While a Sunday wedding might work beautifully in some religions, non-Saturday wedding dates can possibly conflict with other religions. If you're having a Christian ceremony, for instance, the priest or church venue you're hoping for could be off the table due to normal scheduled services. This shouldn't be the end of the world, but it's just something you'll need to do a little homework on. If you run into a dilemma like this, sit down with your partner and think deeply about your priorities. Would you rather save some money on a reception venue by celebrating on a Sunday, or be married by a certain person (or in a certain house of worship)?

Pro: 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.

Pro: Airfare Costs Less

Many couples marry midweek to take advantage of lower airfare for out-of-town guests and their own honeymoon flights. Friday and Sunday weddings can seem especially appealing to brides and grooms who've been married before and 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.

Pro: Your Religion May Require It 

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. Most rabbis won't officiate until after sundown on Saturday, so during spring and summer the sun sets so late a Saturday evening wedding becomes impractical.

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