Hi all - we’re going to have a Sunday wedding in 2022 (rescheduling from this year). There were literally no Saturdays in the spring/summer available at our venue even over a year out. My FH and I have no issue with a Sunday wedding and are doing a welcome party on Saturday evening for all guests.
MIL mentioned that a Sunday was making people go out of their way to take off Monday (most people have to travel for our wedding). Our thought is that people would’ve needed to likely take off Friday for travel even for a Saturday wedding? We’ve never even second guessed ourselves having to take off a day or two from work to attend a loved ones wedding. If people can’t take Monday off, then they don’t need to come. Anyone who had a Sunday wedding? How’d it work out?
From a guest's perspective, if I have to travel out of town for a wedding that's not on a Saturday, Sunday wins over Friday hands down. For a Friday wedding with a Thursday rehearsal dinner/welcome party, that's 2 days having to take off of work. For a Sunday wedding with a Saturday rehearsal dinner/welcome party, that's just one day off of work. I've been to countless Sunday evening weddings with no issues at all
My husband and I both work jobs where it can be very difficult to get time off. I only get 2 days off paid and if he takes off that’s not vacation he doesn’t get paid. Husband’s cousin got married last year and we were going to go (cross country) and we booked a flight for when he got off (last flight out). We were going to fly back easily Sunday day morning. The wild fires prevented our trip. That said, Taking time off is not easy for everyone, so please keep that in mind and dont assume people will jump at the chance to take off if needed. I hope the date works for all of your guests.
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Yes! Which is why I mentioned if folks can’t take time off, they don’t need to go! There is no pressure for anyone to attend; there will never be one date that works perfectly for over 150 people (even on a Saturday). We feel very fortunate to have flexible jobs. Sorry about the wedding you metioned above! Sounds stressful. Stay healthy ❤️
I've attended a Sunday weddings and they tend to be very short midday events. Those who are traveling will have to take off either a Friday or Monday regardless, and many hotels have 2 night minimums so keep that in mind.
I’m having a Sunday wedding and was worried about this, but reminded myself that I’ve gone to weddings in different states, on Fridays, and Sundays. I think having advance notice with save the dates can give guests a heads up on what will work best with them in terms of taking off, leaving after wedding, etc. I also know someone who had a Wednesday wedding and a lot of people at work took off two days to attend.
Typically Sunday weddings are earlier in the day and end pretty early so guests can travel home if needed. I would probably only travel for a Sunday wedding, and take off of work the following Monday, if I was very close with the couple. Otherwise, I would see it as more of an inconvenience and not attend.
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Yeesh, I guess we are unique in the fact we’re very willing to skip out on a day of work to attend a friends wedding (and realize not everyone has PTO). Thanks for the feedback - unfortunately, we don’t have a choice and must pick a Sunday due to availability at our venue. I hope people don’t think our wedding is an inconvenience for them, but oh well!
I’m also planning a Sunday wedding and intend to have a Saturday welcome reception for all guests. If we did a Saturday, people traveling would have to take off Friday anyway. Plus it’s going to be a fun weekend vacation. I’ve had to fly to other states for Friday weddings which aren’t all that convenient. Ultimately, it’s YOUR wedding. If people are inconvenienced then they won’t come.
I'm having a Sunday wedding, and with people coming from several hours drive, so we scheduled our ceremony for 11am (I walk at 11:30) and our original reception was scheduled to end by 4pm (We had to cancel the reception due to covid now).
My opinion is people who want to be there will be there. The wedding is a celebration of your happiness and people who want to be part of that will do what they need to in order to share in it with you. Don't let someone rain on your parade. Not all weddings happen on a weekend, but people will take a couple days off to be at a Wednesday evening event if they want to be there