Updated: Apr 11
Wedding season has arrived and weekends are fully booked for a good while. For us wedding vendors, we are kissing our weekend party life goodbye and saying hello to weddings every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! (Side note: when I say party life, I mean sleeping in until noon on a Saturday. Haha!) Maybe for you non-wedding vendor readers, you are getting ready to get dressed up for a few weekends to attend your friends' weddings. Whichever is the case, you know that weekends in the Spring and Fall months are guarantied to be wedding filled! But maybe you are wanting to have your wedding in the spring or fall and don't want to clash with your friends' weddings or maybe you are just wondering the upside of having a weekday wedding. Let's talk about the pros and the cons of having a weekday wedding.
Let's start with the cons! We wouldn't want to end on a negative note that is for sure!
Taking off of work is almost a guarantee. If you are unlike me, you probably have a 9-5 job that you are working Monday through Friday. So you will definitely need to use some of your vacation time for your wedding day. If you are wanting to have your rehearsal during the day, you may need to use a vacation day for it as well. I often talk to brides who want to take the whole week before their wedding off just to have time to relax; however that is not necessary. Use your discretion!
With work brings me to my next con; fewer guests. Your guests must take off of work in order to attend your wedding depending on the time of day, if you are planning on having a weekday wedding. However, this could also be a pro! If you are trying to save money or are wanting to have a more intimate wedding, your guest count could be lower. You invited everyone that you wanted to be there and even invited the ones that you "had" to invite, but with a weekday wedding the ones that you actually want to be there will be there. The smaller the wedding the more fun it can be with your closest friends and family members! Having a wedding in the later afternoon may also allow for more to attend, but may also be dark depending on the time of year, so keep that in mind as well!
Now for the pros!
Venues and maybe even some vendors, are more affordable. The lower rates are available due to less popularity. It goes back to the whole "Supply and Demand" lesson that you learned in school. So, if you are looking to save money, but have a dream wedding venue in mind that you do not want to stray from, then a weekday wedding is for you.
Another positive here is that your favorite vendors may actually be available. The best vendors are typically booked very far in advance. It can be hard to actually book the vendors that you want if you are waiting too long. Having a weekday wedding allows for freedom in choosing your perfect vendors.
A pro that we cannot forget is being so intimate! You get the chance to be surrounded by your favorite people. The ones that would not miss your day for anything. This is perfect. As a wedding vendor that has attended/coordinated big and small weddings, those smaller weddings can always be a party and everyone seems so close!
And if you want to go all the way with a weekday wedding you can turn it into a vacation. Make it a destination wedding and have attendees come from all over. This gives you a longer time to spend together and enjoy everyone's company. You could have the wedding at the beginning of the week, middle of the week, or even the end of the week. Your guests are already there enjoying spending time with you, so having a wedding in the midst of it is a great celebration whenever you have in mind for it to happen.
Are you wanting to plan your dream weekday wedding? I can handle that for you! Just give me a date and a budget and I can handle it all! Give or take however much responsibility you feel is necessary. Send me an inquiry today!