Weddings are traditionally held on Saturdays, or occasionally Fridays. However, there’s been a recent uptick in weekday weddings. According the Office of National Statistics, the number of couples choosing to marry on a Saturday has declined since 2013. In 1995, nearly 70% of weddings were on a Saturday; that figure has dropped by more than half.
Why Choose a Weekday Wedding?
There are many reasons why couples are leaning towards a weekday wedding. Weekend weddings need to be planned far in advance to ensure that you can book your perfect venue and vendors, as they are more in demand. By opting for a weekday wedding, you are more likely to be able to bag your dream venue, even at short notice.
There are massive savings to be had at venues if you’re willing to try a weekday. It will make it easier to stick to your budget, leaving you more to use on other aspects of the big day. Additionally, vendors are also more likely to be available, and may charge less for a weekday wedding.
Choosing a day in the week to get married is great if you are wanting a more low-key affair. For couples planning an intimate wedding with only their nearest and dearest in attendance, the day of the week may not be an issue. A small guest list can be more flexible as you are working around the schedule of fewer people.
What You Should Consider
There are a few things to think about if you are contemplating getting hitched on a weekday. Firstly, guests that will have to travel may find it difficult to attend. Most people have weekday commitments, so the sooner you get those save the date cards or invitations out, the more chance your guests will be able to attend. As a guide, save-the-dates can be sent 8 months to year before the wedding and invitations sent three months before your wedding day. This will give guests enough time to book time off work, get babysitters, make travel and accommodation arrangements.
Brides Magazine says:
“Out-of-town guests may need to take a day or more off work to attend your wedding — and some may simply not be able to do that. If you are asking people to go out of their way to travel during the week, make sure you’re considerate of them.”
Your weekday reception will probably be quieter than if it were to be held over the weekend. Guest will likely have to get home because of work and school commitments, so will not be wanting to be partying into the small hours and nursing an epic hangover the next morning. You could choose a Friday for your wedding, so that guests get to enjoy a long weekend, and it also give them a couple of days to recover after the celebrations.