I wouldn't recommend it if the following Friday is not a holiday. You should expect a lot of declines, unless you make it a quick cocktail affair that will not take up more than 3 hours in total, not too late in the evening. If you want a full swing wedding, you should rather keep looking for a venue that fits your budget for a Saturday or Friday.
One of my close friends had her wedding on a Thursday and she had alot of people come to her wedding. Everyone had a blase. I would suggest sending save the date cards within a good amount of time so that people can make their arrangements. You shouldn't have a problem.. Let us know what you choose.
I have mixed feelings on this. How many out of town guests do you have? I would recommend before booking anything, float the idea past some of your "key players" (wedding party, closest friends, parents) and see how they feel about it. I am having a Friday night wedding for the same reason you are considering Thursday (good deals, better availability, etc). I was worried it would be a huge inconvenience for our guests but almost everyone we wanted to come is coming. Of our guests who have declined, only 2 have been due to not being able to get off work/school. (About 3 of our friends' SO's haven't been able to come due to work but we are not very close to those people and don't care.) In the end I think the people who are closest to you will come no matter what, but you should decide if you care if less-close friends aren't able to come due to the date. If not, then go for it!
If your family and closest friends are mostly local, go for it! No reason they can't party on a Thursday night!.
If you're planning to invite a lot of people who'd be traveling from out of town, you might try informally floating the idea by some of those out-of-town people (the ones you care most about) and get their reaction.
Yes, you will get a price break from the venue and your other wedding vendors for a Thursday wedding.
Many venues and other wedding vendors also offer a price break for a Friday or a Sunday, as well.
Thanks everyone! If we decide to do Thursday, we'd do at least a year and a half notice and the Thursday before Labor Day, so we hope that helps. But we'll definitely have to check with key people to hear their thoughts.
I just recently did the makeup for a bride who married on a Wednesday. She had a good turn out and enjoyed herself very much. This is the way that I look at it. The people who want to be there, will be there. Especially since you are giving plenty of time's notice. If it's the place that you love, then go for it!
To be honest with you, I believe that weekday weddings are becoming much more popular, and we'll see more of them in years to come.
It depends on how important it is to you to save money. We are getting a 'double whammy' as far as savings. We saved money by having our wedding off-season (the week of Christmas) and we are having a small ceremony on a Monday.
Honestly, if your thinking of doing a Thursday night wedding I wouldn't do it before labor day weekend. Most kids go back to school eaither the week before or day or two after labor day. Its a really tough time of year for teachers, students or people with childern to travel to a wedding. My venue gave us a price break for getting married on a saturday in July. A saturday in July was the same price as a Friday in May or June Maybe they can work something out for you in an off "out of season" month
As long as you give your out-of-town guests plenty of advance notice with save the date magnets or the like, I don't see why you couldn't have your wedding reception on a Thursday night. IMO the people who really want to be at your wedding will make an attempt to work out the logistics regardless of the date.
Hello. My wife and I have done a few week night weddings and do not see much of a difference at all in attendance, so I would go for it. We are also told that many vendors give discounts for week nights since they try to book more during the week. So I would honestly go for it!
I THINK A THURSDAY WEDDING IS GREAT!1 IM ALSO LOOKING INTO IT IM LOCATED IN JERSEY BUT HAVE FAM..FROM NY,CT,NC AS WELL AS TEXAS!... AND I BELIEVE IF THE HAVE ENOUGH TIME AS I WILL BE MARRYING AUG-SEPT OF 2012 THAT WILL BE PLEANTY OF TIME... GO FOR IT!!!! CONGRADS!!!