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The straightforward guide to planning your wedding
While the vast majority of brides still prefer the weekend, many are now opting to get married on different days of the week to suit varying needs and budgets.
Below is a guide to the pros and cons of weekend vs weekday weddings, essential things to consider before selecting a weekday wedding and top tips to make planning your day stress-free.
The popularity of weekday weddings is increasing as these will offer discounted rates and increase the availability of venue/suppliers.
However, it is wise to consider your guests before opting for a cheaper option: While no one will moan to your face, weekday weddings can often be more difficult for guests to attend and deduct from previous holiday time.
If you decide to opt for a weekday wedding, follow the below tips to ease any stress:
Budget allowing try to select a Saturday wedding as it is easiest for guests to attend: No one is concerned about work, everyone has time for a drink and can recover on Sunday. You can also limit annual leave taken. For couples with children, it will be easier to find childcare, and there is no rush hour to delay evening guests.
Friday is the last day of the working week, and most people are starting to switch off. If you want to pick a weekday wedding, this option allows guests to have their normal weekend with the bonus of your lovely wedding to kick-start it all off with. This option also means that guests will not be dashing off or clock watching. Everyone will have that Friday feeling. If needed you can also limit day guests without seeming cheap and invite more evening wedding guests.
Sunday weddings can be cheaper than a Saturday and often have more late availability. However, do expect that post-dinner drinks will be lighter. While some guests will party on and stay in accommodation, those limited on holiday will have to leave early. Do consider if a quieter reception is worth the savings made.
Thursday weddings have a similar vibe to Fridays and again allow day guest numbers to be slimmed down. Do expect that some guests will only make the evening and that there will be a fall away at 10-11pm. If you can cope with this, then you will make significant savings on this choice.
Except for bank holidays, do expect that this choice will cause some inconvenience to your guests. As such, do think twice about these days if a large number of guests will have to travel as this can eat away at wedding guests' holiday allowances.
If selecting these options, it is wise to put some of the savings back into niceties for your guests, so they feel valued and appreciated for making the extra effort.
Bank holidays are a smart way to beat seasonal price increases.
Do look at the bank holiday dates for your wedding year and consider the Sunday prices as a viable alternative to the traditional Saturday.
If you have a lot of guests visiting from abroad, it is wise to factor in foreign bank holidays so guests can take a long weekend without using more annual leave.
It is essential to decide what your priorities are and this will guide your "day of the week" decision. Below are recommended options depending on your priority wants and needs:
Let availability and budget guide your choice, and use this rationale to explain your choice to guests.
If your budget is small and the venue, suppliers you like cannot discount on the weekend, then a Friday or Sunday option should be considered.
If you want an easier choice with less resistance from guests and other logistics, then Saturday weddings are a perfect choice.
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