Coming from a large family, I remember attending weddings pretty regularly while I was growing up. With the recent increase in the cost of weddings and venues, we’ve noticed a newer trend that has really only seen rise in popularity in the past year or so.
When I was younger, weddings were on Saturdays. Morning, afternoon, or evening, it didn’t matter, the day was always Saturday. But, as I’ve been making my rounds to weddings this season, I’ve noticed that the Saturday rule is no longer the case. In fact, I’ve been to two weddings in the past two weeks, and neither was on a Saturday. Rather, the first was Friday evening and the second on Sunday in the early afternoon.
At Shenandoah Valley Bride, we see this craze as both a positive and negative shift for the wedding industry. It’s great because it allows venues more business! Rather than couples only searching for one day a week on which to get married, this craze provides both venues and the newlyweds more opportunity to find an available date at their perfect venue. This takes an industry focused around one day a week and allows it to expand to three days a week, making it even more profitable. Additionally, venues typically have a discounted rate for Fridays and Sundays, because of the lesser demand.
Still, though, we need to look at the negatives of this craze. Friday weddings require a rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on Thursday, which means that couples would be asking participating friends and family to take off not only Friday, but Thursday as well. On the other hand, Sunday weddings are great because there is no need to take time off work for the rehearsal or wedding itself. The drawback for these weddings lies in the travel. If you have friends and family coming from a far, or even as close as a 3 hour drive, having a wedding beginning at 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon may make it impossible for them to get home the same day and be ready for work the next morning. Think about timing when you start to plan, it’s not just the start time that counts, the end time will also matter to your guests if they have to travel. Additionally, taking days off for your wedding may be asking a lot for some people, so make sure to keep that in mind when you are setting your date and selecting your wedding party.
Don’t misunderstand us, we see both the positives and negatives of the Friday and Sunday options! If it’s what you want and what makes you happy, then go for it! Just be prepared if some of your guests can’t come and/or stay the full time.
In the end though, if your friends and family are willing to travel and take off work to be a part of your special day, that’s really all that matters. After all, at the end of the day, what counts is that you two got married!