Our top venue that we’re in love with is a hotel, and we'll be having about 120 people invited. All of the family and friends we're inviting are people we are closer with (so-- no one feels like we're reluctantly inviting them, and we know everyone well. It took a little bit to convince my dad that we couldn't afford to invite every member of his very large Italian family, so cutting it down to 30 family members so that I can have 30 friends on my side was no easy task! 😅)
The place is also within 30-40 minutes of the majority of our guests. Because of this, I'm assuming most of our guests will NOT be staying overnight, with the exception of our out of town guests, which includes us.
In my experience, unless someone is IN the wedding or is super duper close with the couple, they don’t seem to take off work on a Monday after a Sunday wedding. My concern is people would be leaving 9-10pm for a wedding on a Sunday, and I’d really want the evening to feel loose and go until about 11.
Would you prefer a Friday wedding starting at 6:30 or so to give everyone time to get there from work, and going until 11:30-12? Cons: you’d probably have to leave work early. BUT you don’t have to worry about waking up the next day and can let loose all night.
Or, would you rather a wedding be on a Sunday going until 11? Cons: you have work to worry about getting up for work the next day, or you have to use a vacation day / take off Monday. BUT you don’t have to worry about leaving work early or taking off Friday.
Does this mean you’d probably leave earlier? Also in your experience, have you noticed guests taking off work the next day after a Sunday wedding? Or have you noticed anybody annoyed by either a Friday or Sunday wedding? Have you ever experienced anyone showing up late to a Friday ceremony? (This is one my parents are insisting on happening.) What day did you wind up choosing?
Thank you in advance for your help!!!