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Friday Night Wedding?

LoveShown414, on September 3, 2009 at 3:23 PM Posted in Planning 0 46
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So I have not set my exact date for the wedding yet. I am looking into a Friday night wedding... for those of you who had/is going to have their wedding on a Friday night, how was the turn out as far as guests? Did most of them come? A lot of people offer discounts for a Friday night wedding, that's why i'm looking into this. But my only concern is my wedding party and my guests not being able to get off work or what not. No one lives too far away so that's not really an issue. I just really want a big extravagant wedding with LOTS of people there! Smiley smile What do you all think?

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Latest activity by DualyBride, on September 17, 2009 at 2:50 PM
  • Lisa & Brian
    Dedicated November 2009
    Lisa & Brian ·
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    I'm having mine on a Friday...November 6th actually. I haven't received my RSVP's yet because I just sent out my invites but from what people told me, they all sound like they're coming. And that's over 250 guests.

    I'd go for it. Plus, I've received many discounts for it being a Friday. Smiley smile

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  • C
    Master October 2009
    CelticChick831 ·
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    If you can do a later wedding (3:30 or later) its a lot easier for people to take off work a bit early if they cant have the entire day. I am doing the typical saturday but most of my family and bridal party are taking friday off anyway for the rehearsal, decorating and general help. I dont think anyone will have much trouble. also, many out of town guest will most likely come out for a few days anyway and would have been in by friday anyway. I say go for it. Plus you have 2 days of recoup time after. LOL

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  • Konichiwa
    Master January 2010
    Konichiwa ·
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    Having the wedding on a Friday is a great way to save some money. (I'm having mine on a Sunday for the same reason!). The bottom line is that if people want to go to your wedding then they'll make sure they get the time off work to be there! I say go for it!

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  • mrs2B
    Dedicated March 2010
    mrs2B ·
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    I think it's a great way to save some $$$ so you can spend more on making it nicer and more beautiful! I say plan ahead so as soon as you have your date set sent SAVE THE DATE cards. That way even everyone will know in advance and by the time they get the invitation they RSVP sooner.

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  • Michelle Powell
    Michelle Powell ·
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    Here in Utah, Fridays and Saturdays are the biggest days/nights for weddings. I keep hearing on this board about people getting discounts for Friday weddings, and that is NOT the case here! Haha! Smiley smile I guess it depends on the area!

    We had ours on a Friday night, and it was GREAT! We had a huge turnout, and guests were more willing to stay later and party because they didn't have to get up the next day!

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  • gettnmarried
    Beginner July 2010
    gettnmarried ·
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    My BFF had her wedding on a Friday night a few years ago (I was her MOH). Since most of the guests were local it didn't seem to impact her turnout at all. As a guest, and member of the bridal party I did have to take off of work, but I was happy to do so. I say go for it!

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  • C
    Beginner October 2009
    Copalolo ·
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    I'm having my wedding on a Friday night, and I'm so excited about it. Most of the people that I thought would come, are coming. I'm having it at 6:30pm and reception at 8Pm. That way it's after major Houston traffic and I can have an adults only reception (great excuse- it's too late for kids). It's been working out for us. Smiley smile

    Yes, it did save money, however, wedding vendors are catching on to this and starting to raise Friday prices.

    What great is that you can still leave on your honeymoon on Sunday. That gives you a full day on Saturday to pack, relax and visit with out of town guests.

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  • dr
    Dedicated December 2010
    dr ·
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    I attended a wedding this last friday couple expected 140 pp all 140 showed up. The ceremony was outside at 6:30 118 degrees (Arizona record breaking heat day)the reception followed immediately. It was very beautiful. All of the grooms family was from oot and so were his friends, some came in on thursday others as early as tuesday! Like pp have said those who want to come to your wedding will.

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  • Laura Kaschak
    Laura Kaschak ·
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    My wedding was a Friday night and no one seemed bothered. Everyone showed up that I thought would. Almost everyone was traveling to get to the wedding so I figured they'd probably take of Friday anyway. I also figured if it really mattered to them they'd be there no matter what, and why would I want someone at my wedding that didn't care enough to take a day off form work? Just be sure to send a save the date early so they have plenty of notice to make arrangements.

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  • Cheleigh
    Devoted April 2010
    Cheleigh ·
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    I've been to or help plan Thursday, Friday, AND Sunday weddings with no problems. I've asked my venue locations for Friday-Sunday dates, although I have a feeling my DF would prefer to do Saturday only (he's more traditional than I). I think most/all your guests will show up, especially if you don't have a lot flying in from out of town.

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  • FMS, the barefoot wife!
    Master August 2010
    FMS, the barefoot wife! ·
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    I've never been to a friday wedding, they have always been on saturdays, I like the idea though, more time in the weekend to spend with your new hubby! My only concern would be people having to take time off of work

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  • ~~Bride to Be~~
    Expert May 2010
    ~~Bride to Be~~ ·
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    I say go for it. Anyone thats in your bridal party will more than likely be taking off from work the Friday before anyhow so it shouldnt be that much more of a difference. Even though I did the traditional Saturday wedding,I did consider doing a Sunday because of the difference in price. Anyhow, anyone that sees you and your FH as important parts of thier lives will be more than happy to come party with you on a Friday night.

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  • Pamela Brehm
    Pamela Brehm ·
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    As an Officiant, I have found Friday wedding attendances to be on par with a Saturday wedding. One of your greatest advantages is the venue discount that comes with an off-prime day. Our daughter got married over a holiday weekend and her guest list did not diminish--and the reception bill was greatly discounted. I even had a couple get married on a Thursday night because of the discount offered. Their thinking, the bar bill will be less too since people have to get up for work the next day. Hope this helps!

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  • Catherine Black-Ward
    Catherine Black-Ward ·
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    Today is the beginning of a long holiday weekend and I just returned from performing a small Friday afternoon wedding. Everyone that was supposed to be there, was. A lovely scenic mountain church was the ceremony venue for the out of town couple. They were on their way to a distant little town that boasts hot springs for therapeutic relaxation. None of the BP or guests were even from the community the ceremony was held at. Yes, if someone wants to be there, they will be. By the way, the church accepted a small donation for the use of their building, since it was not previously booked for a larger event as they might have been on a Saturday. Imagine a ceremony in a small church with large windows with a panoramic view of snow covered-mountain peaks. I always feel so good after a great wedding!

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  • grlbtful
    Dedicated October 2009
    grlbtful ·
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    I am having a wedding on a friday evening at 530. that way people can leave half day. only 3 guest declined so friday seem to be a good day to me also flying on thursday is cheaper for out of town guests

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  • Carla Stehman-Kasera
    Carla Stehman-Kasera ·
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    Kendra, Go for it! Friday night is a great night for a wedding. I am finding more and more brides getting married on Friday nights. As many others have mentioned, on top of the discounts offered by vendors, people are more likely to stay and party the night away. Best of luck!

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  • Mrs Knight
    Super September 2009
    Mrs Knight ·
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    The only problem I have run into is that my niece and MOH is missing a football game (she is a cheerleader) and her first high school dance and its hosted by the cheerleaders Smiley sad I feel so bad about that but she is ok with it and might just leave the reception early so she doesn't miss it all as she will be all dressed up anyway Smiley smile

    I guess I have had another one with my fiance's friend (who isn't exactly happy we are getting married) complaining about getting time off work but was able to and it was no big deal. Also my friend has an asshole boss who hasn't given her any of the days off she has requested so as of this morning she didn't have our wedding off but she will quit before she misses it.

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    Super December 2010
    icart ·
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    Friday sound good for travel reason and coast. For me we had to plan around my graduation, and my parents being out of town and the starting of the PBR. (My husband to be, supplies the bulls to the PBR, and that is an everyweekend thing from around the April 17). So Friday is a great idea.

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  • dancefrog1
    Dedicated February 2010
    dancefrog1 ·
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    I'd say go for a Friday. I'm planning one during the Presidents Day weekend and have had no problem notifying my family and friends so they can plan their vacation. Feb is a busy month for us with a TON of birthdays. It's my nephew and cousins birthday that day, but it isn't a milestone birthday and things like that happen every year. Your wedding only happens once, so they had no problem sharing that day. The ones that are important to you will take the time off to attend your wedding. You may have a small turn out for the ceremony, but I'm sure you're reception will be packed. They'll most likely come after work and I'm sure at that time they are ready to party. If you plan right and give people a heads up, Friday weddings aren't bad. It's getting more popular and think of it, your guest have 2 days to recover Smiley winking Happy planning!

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  • Mrs.Tomlin
    Savvy April 2010
    Mrs.Tomlin ·
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    Well I'm getting married next year on Friday . It happens to be a Good Friday. This is like a Holiday weekend because it is the Friday before Easter. However rates where not affected and my job is closed as well as other company's. You cant make everyone happy. If they want to be there and you give them enough time they will take the day. We decided on a late ceremony @ 5 and the reception 7-12am so . Some fowlkes who do work may only need to take a half day. For my family that is comming out of town this is their vacation for the year .What do you think about that?

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