Wedding Etiquette: Friday or Sunday Wedding?


The wedding venue we have our heart set on is already booked on Saturday nights for the next two years, so if we want to get married before then (and we do!), we're faced with either doing it on a Friday or Sunday night. Which day would be preferable to the majority of wedding guests, and will it save us any money?


First of all, try not to stress too much about what other people prefer. Of course you want your guests to be happy, but you need to rest assured that since you're inviting them to witness the most monumental event of your life (and be your guest at a killer party), they'll be honored to be included no matter what day of the week you choose. So if you have strong feelings on the Friday versus Sunday debate, go with your gut. But if you're pretty neutral on the subject, consider whether or not the majority of your guests will be traveling from out of town. If that's the case (or if you're having a destination wedding which requires everybody to travel), then choosing the Sunday will probably be the most convenient for your guests. That way they can spend Friday night or Saturday traveling and still have plenty of time to unwind in your chosen location before the wedding. But if the majority of your guests live close to where the wedding will be held, then a Friday night might be a better call, since they'd likely rather skip out of work a little early on a Friday afternoon to get ready than have to worry about being tired for work on Monday after a late-night Sunday wedding.

As for the cost, you're in luck. Having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday (as well as on any other midweek day) can make a big dollar difference for your budget. Just make sure that the day doesn't coincide with holiday weekends like Labor Day and Memorial Day or other big holidays like Fourth of July or New Year's Eve, as those are seen as premium dates. Ready to book? Look to Venue Concierge by The Knot, our free service made up of wedding professionals who will listen to all of your needs, to help you find the perfect venue and set up tours in your area. Bonus: They'll throw in free wedding insurance in case anything unforeseeable should happen.