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Savvy October 2020

Sunday Wedding

Summer, on March 13, 2020 at 11:41 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 21
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Who else is having a Sunday wedding? Are you doing a brunch reception, or regular evening reception with dinner, drinks, and dancing?


My wedding is October 18th 2020, and I’m a bit nervous it being on a Sunday, but the venue we wanted had all Saturday’s booked for 2020 and we want to get married this year. Plus it’s an all inclusive venue it includes all the vendors, cake and open bar! The Sunday price you just can’t beat!

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  • Margaret
    Expert October 2020
    Margaret ·
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    Not a Sunday wedding, but we are having a Sunrise wedding followed by a brunch reception. I love the idea of a brunch reception to allow for the afternoon to be spent anyway we want.

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I went to a Sunday wedding (3/8) and the turn out was fine but it’s more so people leave early or are tired the next day but I think you can expect a decent amount of people
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    Our wedding was on a Saturday, but we've been to two Sunday weddings. Both started at 3 and ended at 8. A lot of guests left after dinner/speeches/cake cutting around 6:30 or 7 if they had a decent drive home to make. There wasn't as much drinking or dancing as Fridays or Saturdays.

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  • Summer
    Savvy October 2020
    Summer ·
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    Most of our guests are from out of town, so they’ll have off that Monday thankfully! I hope it turns out alright!
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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    We had a Sunday wedding and loved it! Ceremony 12-12:30, cocktail hour 1:30-2:30, reception 2:30-5. (We didn’t make any set plans for after the reception in case we were exhausted, but we ended up going out to dinner with a group of friends from like 7-10 and then hung out with a few of them in our hotel suite until midnight.)


    Most people I see having a Sunday wedding is for cost or venue availability but we chose it because we actually preferred the timeline! We knew I wanted an afternoon wedding because we wanted something more laidback and I’m not a huge “party” person so I preferred the vibe of a nice afternoon lunch rather than a late night party. Also I know many brides spend a huge part of the day getting ready/doing a first look but I knew I wanted neither of those things. I just wanted to get ready relatively quickly and then get to the wedding... I wanted to spend the majority of the day actually enjoying the wedding with my husband, not just getting ready for it! Serving lunch instead of dinner is also cheaper lol, but honestly that was just a bonus for us, not the reason we chose to do it.

    So for all those reasons, we knew we wanted an afternoon wedding, and Sunday afternoon was preferable to our out of town guests over Saturday! Let me explain why... my friend had a Saturday afternoon wedding, and a mutual friend of ours was flying in from across the country (wedding was on the east coast and mutual friend was from the west coast). She didn’t have any time off from work, so she flew in Friday after she got off. Took a red eye. So she left around 7pm pacific time, arrived around 4am eastern time. She slept horribly on the plane. Had to check into a hotel feeling like death, didn’t get to the hotel until around 6 or 7am. By that time, the wedding was in a few hours and she hadn’t slept yet. So like, trying to get there in time for a Saturday afternoon wedding when you live far and have no time off work is hard, especially given time differences and everything!

    For our Sunday wedding, people from across the country could fly in on Saturday and take their time getting there. Or fly in Friday night like she did, but they would be able to sleep and relax and recover from the trip on Saturday rather than rushing straight to the wedding. And then since our wedding ended at 5, they could still fly home in the evening and be back at work on Monday!

    Also it was nice to be able to have our rehearsal dinner on a Saturday so our whole bridal party didn’t have to take off or leave work early on a Friday.

    Long-winded response lol, but I think you get it! Sunday weddings are awesome idk why more people don’t choose to do it Smiley smile
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  • D
    Devoted November 2020
    Danica ·
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    We're doing a Sunday wedding....in 2 weeks and 2 days!

    11:30am Ceremony

    1:30pm Brunch following to allow for travel time to the restaurant

    :-)

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  • Summer
    Savvy October 2020
    Summer ·
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    Ours is in the evening 5pm ceremony and reception immediately after,, they’re at the same place,,,and I’m nervous about it, but most everyone is coming from out of town so hopefully it works out since most likely they’ll have that Monday off.
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  • Summer
    Savvy October 2020
    Summer ·
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    Ours has to be in the evening I’m praying for a good turnout!
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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    I’m sure it’ll be fine! Realistically if you had a Saturday wedding most of your out of town guests probably would’ve taken off Friday anyway for the extra day of travel, so I doubt it’ll make much of a difference.
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  • A
    Dedicated September 2020
    Amanda ·
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    We are doing a 4pm ceremony, and finishing up by 9pm. Beer and wine only. Everyone coming is local though, so no issues with anyone getting home too late for work. So far nobody has had any issues with the plan.
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  • Alejandra
    Super March 2019
    Alejandra ·
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    I had a Sunday wedding, March, 2019 and it was an evening wedding. I actually had the ceremony at 6pm and cocktail hour immediately after which was when hubby and I sneaked away to get some solo pictures and when cocktail hour was ending which was a party in its own we made our grand entrance, first dance and sat down for dinner. At the end of dinner my sister and sil gave speeches, hubby and I danced with our moms only , we cut the cake and were ready to party the rest of the night. Our closest friends and of course most family stayed until close to midnight when the event ended. We gave people a heads up as soon as we booked our venue so no one had the " I didn't know it was on a Sunday" excuse, we also had an adult only wedding so parents needed to know asap to plan ahead. At around 10pm a chunk of people left, it was the older crowd that worked the next day (my hubby invited a few of his co workers and I invited 2 of mine, they were pretty much the 10 pm crowd that left). Around 11 the ballroom got a little emptier but the dance floor was still packed and around 11:50 when they started closing the bar my remaining friend and family said their good byes. A Sunday wedding is absolutely possible and can be so much fun and save a ton of money I'd just recommend letting your guests know ahead of time so that they enough time to make necessary arrangements.

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  • Krys
    Dedicated October 2020
    Krys ·
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    We are getting married a week before you, on Sunday. All guests I've talked to have said they're not worried about it being on a sunday at all. It's within a half hour of *most* of the guests and we're going to make our exit at 9pm, so everyone will have plenty of time to get home after. Fortunately for us, the next day is a federal holiday, but even if it wasn't, I think it'll be totally fine as long as you're not starting too late.
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  • Kristen
    Rockstar November 2020
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    I'm eloping on a Sunday but I guess that's a little bit different but basically I plan on doing a Before Sunset ceremony and then some pictures and then taking our two friends out for dinner and drinks. A friend of mine also had a Sunday wedding and she just a hole. I had a great time and I still think a great amount of people showed up. Some of us may not have stayed late because we have to work the next day but we went.
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  • Summer
    Savvy October 2020
    Summer ·
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    Thank you so much! Everyone knows it’s on Sunday, and they said no problem! Ceremony is at 5 same place as reception and it’s immediately after the ceremony. I’m expecting it to end at around 10/11pm
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  • Alejandra
    Super March 2019
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    Oh yeah, you should be good then, just keep an eye on your getting ready time because I had one make up artists and one hair artist and I got ready along with my mother and sister. We began at 11am and finished at about 5:30 with the 3 of us, my aunt and three cousins were int he bridal suite too but they did their own hair and make up; but we were all laughing and talking and having a great time. We were good on time but it definitely was a bit of a rush when I was putting my dress on because I needed help and everyone was trying to get ready too. Also you'll want a few moments of just quiet before you make that walk because its such a big moment. My ceremony was outdoors and began with a long stair case that I had to go down, my mom has rheumatoid arthritis so she was waiting for me at the bottom as the stairs were to difficult for her to go down and hold my hand at the same time. I was walked down by my two young male cousins (18 & 20 y/o); right before we left the bridal suite I was alone with the two guys and all of my female relatives were down at the ceremony site, I was so nervous I forgot my bouquet. Halfway down the stairs I look up and see my florist taking photos of me and felt so horrible when I noticed my bouquet was not in my hands, take a moment make sure you have what you need and then start your walk. I had no bridal party so maybe that would have helped but just food for thought.

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  • Julia
    Dedicated October 2020
    Julia ·
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    We are having a Sunday wedding 10/4/20, Ceremony start time of 1030. We are having a brunch reception with food stations. We will have a DJ and dancing but know it will be more low key then a evening reception. We are so excited for the vibe we hope to have and the ability to spend time with our guest. We have 170 people invites
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  • Kimberly
    Dedicated July 2020
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    We're having a Sunday wedding as well because our venue was completely sold-out on Saturdays for the whole year! We're getting married out of state (in California) and all of our guests will travelling in from out of town. Since everyone will have that Monday off for travel anyways, we're not super worried about it - we'll be having a 5:00pm ceremony and full reception following.

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  • Summer
    Savvy October 2020
    Summer ·
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    My venue was sold out every Saturday and Sunday for 2020 as well! We’re doing a 5pm ceremony and reception right after at the same place. Over half our guests are from out of town as well so I’m hoping it’ll be okay. I have hope now haha thank you!
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  • C
    Savvy November 2020
    Crystal ·
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    I’m having a Sunday wedding in November! We chose the date more so because of work. I’m a teacher and that’s during the week of Thanksgiving Break. I’ll have the ceremony at 10:30 and a breakfast reception immediately after with dancing, music, and cake still. My officiant just had his wedding also on a Sunday, but his took place from 3-8. Due to location, many of his guests left a couple hours early because of work the following day, but it was a blast! Your day will be fabulous!
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  • Jeanelle
    Super September 2018
    Jeanelle ·
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    Basically everything you said!
    we had a sunday brunch wedding that began at 11:30 am and we partied hard until 6:00.
    ours was on sept 23, 2018 and we only had the choice of a sunday or a tuesday for our venue. we had a mixed guest list, half local, about a quarter from all over the globe, and the other quarter regionally. we had dinner at my husbands family restaurant for those in town on friday evening.saturday at noon was our rehearsal lunch, and we got everyone on the same schedule and 80% of our guests attended, so everyone for the most part was acquainted by the time the main event rolled around.sunday began early since we had all our photos done before the actual wedding itself. we had truly the best time and wouldn’t have changed it for the world. we only had one or two declines out of 100 guests.
    enjoy!
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