Samantha
Savvy September 2020

Sunday Brides Help Me Out

Samantha, on October 15, 2019 at 5:41 PM Posted in Planning 3 29
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My wedding is on a Sunday and I'm worried people won't attend or will leave early!

Did any of your guests not attend due to conflict with church schedules???
Did guests leave early due to work the next day???
What time was your ceremony and reception???

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  • Alyssa
    Expert June 2020
    Alyssa ·
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    It will largely depend on your timeline/location. Mine is a Sunday but it’s a destination wedding so guests will be very unlikely to be flying out the next morning. Yours may be different if your guests are in town.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    Not a Sunday bride, but we have been to a few Sunday weddings:

    Did any of your guests not attend due to conflict with church schedules??? This didn't happen at any of the sunday weddings we attended, but they started at 2 PM or 3 PM.
    Did guests leave early due to work the next day??? The weddings ended at 8 or 9 PM so if guests left early, it was like 7 so during the later part of the reception anyway.
    What time was your ceremony and reception??? 2 or 3 for start time. Typically 30 minute ceremony.

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  • Jo
    Dedicated November 2020
    Jo ·
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    I am not having a Sunday wedding, but I just attended one! everyone had a Blast and about half of the people stayed the entire time. When planning my wedding we were discussing Friday and Sundays and everyone in my family preferred Sunday weddings!
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  • Jo
    Dedicated November 2020
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    I forgot to add, the wedding ended at midnight!
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  • L
    Dedicated August 2019
    Leaves232 ·
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    Everyone left early from our Sunday wedding which really bummed me out! We had a traditional Jewish wedding, so the fact that it was on a Sunday was an expectation, not an inconvenience. It was supposed to go 5pm-11pm but everyone peaced out by 10pm. I wish I made an "order of events" sign indicating dancing until 11pm. Because once one group leaves it has a domino effect - others assume the party is dying down, so they head out too. My advice is to schedule a Sunday timeline no later than 4pm-10pm.
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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I went to a Sunday wedding this year and I don't think a lot of people left that early but I gotta tell you I was super tired for work the next day aha. However I do agree that there's a fear in them not coming to the ceremony or leaving the reception early.
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  • E
    Beginner September 2020
    Ela_S ·
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    My wedding is not until next September but I plan to have the ceremony start at 4:30 and everything end by 10 pm (10:30 the latest).
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  • Krista
    Just Said Yes December 2019
    Krista ·
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    No but I'm getting married December 20 and I know for a fact my mama isn't going to be there..
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  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·
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    My first wedding was on a Sunday and I had 69 out of 70 guests attend, with one even coming from Spain. It was from 5-11 p.m. A lot of my guests still went to church that morning. I would say the majority of the guests left around 10 p.m.

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  • Chelsea
    Beginner September 2020
    Chelsea ·
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    Our wedding is on a Sunday, although it is next year. We are having our ceremony at 2.30 and the reception is from 3pm-8pm.
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  • Alejandra
    Expert March 2019
    Alejandra ·
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    I had a Sunday wedding with 101 guests, it was about an average of 1 hr - 1 1/2 hr from where everyone lived and we had our ceremony at 6 pm and our reception ended at midnight, honestly our guestlist was mainly close family and really good friends so only about 4 people didn't rsvp from our original number. The first group of people left around 10 pm and by then the party was well underway, my closest were around me and when I realized it was time to leave. I had a blast and so did everyone else.

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  • Hera💙
    Savvy October 2019
    Hera💙 ·
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    My wedding was this past Sunday. My reception was scheduled to end at 10 PM with a bubble send off. By 9PM, I had maybe 15 people left from 70. I had to ask the DJ to stop the music early.

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  • Kelecia
    Savvy January 2020
    Kelecia ·
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    I’m having a Sunday wedding from 3:30 to 9. I’m doing it over a holiday weekend so hopefully everyone stays.
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  • Rebecca
    Devoted June 2020
    Rebecca ·
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    We chose between a Friday and a Sunday and ended up going with the Friday. We were told that Sunday weddings end up being more relaxed and we were concerned about attendance-we talked with our families and the Friday date was hands down the top choice.
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  • Jennifer
    Super September 2020
    Jennifer ·
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    My wedding will be on a Sunday next year. We wanted a more relaxed vibe. Everything is from 3pm to 9pm. We polled our closest guests first and Sunday won over Friday. Plus, it saved us a ton of money.
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  • V
    VIP July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    My friend is getting on a Sunday next year and we might have to leave early, but we haven't decided for sure. The wedding is about 2.5 hours from where we live and is from 3-9 PM and my husband and I have work the next day. I would like to stay for the whole the thing, but with work the next day and not really having the option to take off that might be difficult.
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  • Krystina
    Beginner June 2020
    Krystina ·
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    Our wedding is next June and it will be on a Sunday! About 60% of the guests are traveling from out of town. Our wedding will be 4-10 with an after party at a local bar! We figure people would have taken off Friday to fly in for a Saturday wedding, so now instead they can take off Monday to fly home. The rates were amaaaaazingly less money and we are very excited!
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  • L
    Dedicated August 2019
    Leaves232 ·
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    That's so disappointing! I hope you still had a great night.
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  • Sherry
    VIP September 2019
    Sherry Online ·
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    Ours was on a Sunday and as soon as certain guests found out, they brought up the church issue. My husband and I are both atheist so it was obviously never a concern of ours. We did however schedule it to begin at 2 pm but because of people having to work the next day, most left by 6 pm and all were gone by 730 pm.

    Our ceremony started at 2 pm and our reception was at the same location so it started directly after. We scheduled family and group photos right after the ceremony but had the food delivered and set up at 3 pm so by the time everyone was done with photos, they could start eating. We had a buffet so it was easier to schedule than a plated dinner.

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  • Eyonna
    Dedicated May 2021
    Eyonna ·
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    I'm going to a wedding in 2 weeks and its on a Sunday (found that out about a week ago after I really looked at the date). Never been to a Sunday wedding this will be my first. It starts at 4 and ends around 10. The ceremony and reception are at the same venue which is about a 40 minute drive from my house. Will see how it goes, but I think it will be a great time, I'll just be tired for work Monday. I guess it may depend on your crowd as well and if they will stay the entire time or leave early. Trying to have an earlier start may help with the time frame and having more people in attendance. FH and I have opted for a Friday wedding; we've been to Friday weddings and they seem to go over very well. Good luck with the timing.

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