Pros & Cons List for Friday, Saturday, & Sunday Weddings
You just got engaged… So what next? It’s time to find a wedding venue and choose your wedding date. I’m sure you have already received texts from friends and family asking “When is the big day?”, “Have you chosen a date yet?”
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As you begin to reach out to venues about availability, you may find that the date you listed & idealized for your wedding is not open. Don’t write off a venue just for that reason. Keep an open mind. We suggest you go in with your ideal “season” in mind, but remain open to months & dates in that season.
You may also be thinking that Saturday is the only day of the week to hold your wedding. Maybe you have only been a guest at weddings on a Saturday. Maybe you think because all of your guests are traveling that Saturday is the only choice.
Good news, you have more options!
We are not here to tell you what is right for you, but based on what we have seen over many years, here is a pros & cons list on Friday, Saturday & Sunday weddings.
PROS & CONS LIST:
F R I D A Y
Do you have many guests traveling in from out of state? Some may say that is a reason to host your wedding on a Saturday, but if your guests are paying for a plane ticket to come to your wedding, most will want to make a weekend trip out of it. Kick off the weekend with the wedding and spend Saturday/Sunday with your family and friends who have traveled to celebrate with you! You could plan a Saturday brunch, maybe a night out in Austin, or even a wine tour in the hill country. The possibilities are endless. Knowing you will be spending the whole weekend with the people you love can also take the pressure off of you feeling like you have to speak and thank every single person at your wedding. After all, that’s what “thank you” cards are for, right? Feeling that obligation can sometimes prevent you from really enjoying every moment your reception offers! You should have fun and dance. You should catch up with your friends.
Although it can be cheaper for your out-of-town guests to travel in on a Thursday, you can sometimes be convinced it will be inconvenient for others and their work schedules. However, choosing your date months in advance and letting your guests know with a “save the date” can help alleviate this issue. If given enough notice, most of your guests should have plenty of time to put in requests off from work and make travel plans to attend your Friday wedding.
Hosting your wedding on a Friday also means your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner would be on Thursday evening, which again could be hard for your family and bridal party coming in from out of town. The advantage you do have on Thursday is the less likelihood of your venue having another event that evening, which allows you to do your ceremony walk through at your venue that evening prior to your rehearsal dinner.
At The Union, if we do not have an event the day before your wedding, we not only allow you to come in as late as 6pm for your one-hour rehearsal, but we also allow you to drop off any decor, furniture, alcohol, etc. that you wish to get unloaded ahead of time. This allows you to take advantage of all of the help you have at the rehearsal to get everything unloaded in a timely manner and saves time on the day of the wedding. The Union venue rental fee is also $1,000 less on a Friday than a Saturday, as many venues do, so if you are looking to save where you can or the Saturday rate is slightly out of your budget, a Friday wedding could be a great way to still book the venue you love most. If you are not necessarily worried about saving an extra $1,000, you could look at it as $1,000 you can allocate to another vendor. Maybe that secures that extra floral install you want on the dance floor, maybe it’s a neon sign you have had your eye on, or maybe it is those two extra appetizers you couldn’t decide between so you just add both.
S A T U R D A Y
Duh! This is the obvious choice for a wedding day and it does have its perks. A Saturday wedding allows your guests coming from out of town to arrive on Friday evening or even Saturday morning, just in time for your big day while not having to miss much work. It also allows them to leave on Sunday if they need to get back, or one more day of the weekend to spend exploring Austin!
Get ready to pay the premium price though. Venues charge more for a Saturday than any other day, so be prepared when creating your budget that a Saturday wedding will cost more. Open Saturday dates are also going to be harder to find. These dates are generally the first to book, especially during peak times like spring and fall, so if you are not flexible on your day, you will want to be sure you are searching at least 12-18 months before your ideal wedding date/season.
Just as open Saturday dates are the first to book up for venues, the same applies to other vendors as well, i.e. photographers, wedding coordinators, florists, etc. If you are set on booking a Saturday and have a favorite photographer or coordinator in mind, you will have a much higher chance of landing those vendors the farther in advance you book them.
At The Union, the rental fee for a Saturday costs more than any other day of the week. Saturdays in peak season, which for Texas is the Spring & Fall (March, April, October, November), are going to be the dates that book the fastest. Our Saturday rental rate remains the same for any month of the year, so if you are flexible, you will have more date options.
S U N D A Y
Although Sunday can seem like the least obvious choice to some, there are definitely pros to a Sunday wedding. If you have guests coming in from out of town, having your wedding on a Sunday puts your rehearsal dinner on Saturday evening. This could be very convenient for folks who have their entire immediate family and/or bridal party traveling in from out of town.
We have also seen an increase in “brunch weddings” that also coincide with Sunday really well. Maybe you love brunch or you aren’t a big “night owl” and prefer the wedding end earlier than 11pm. Come on, I know I am not the only one that loves to be in bed by 10pm. We still see many evening weddings on Sunday; you do not have to do a brunch wedding, but we do typically see these weddings end earlier than on Saturday night, which could be something you are looking for.
If you don’t want to wait another year or longer to get that Saturday in April you were originally wanting, booking your wedding on a Sunday could be a great way to still get the season and even month that you were looking for. Not only will venues most likely have more Sunday dates for you to choose from, but other vendors should have more availability then too. If you book your wedding 6 months out, a lot of vendors will already be booked out on those prime Saturday dates, but may still have openings on Sunday. Some may offer lower rates for that Sunday as well.
When booking your wedding on a Sunday, there is a high chance that your venue will be booked with another event the day before your wedding, and if that is the case, you may not be able to run an onsite rehearsal, however, there are options with that. Your coordinator could meet you at your rehearsal dinner location and still run a rehearsal for you. You do not have to practice the processional/recessional at your ceremony location to get some practice in. You could also do a quick rehearsal the morning of the wedding when you first arrive at your venue.
At The Union, if you book your wedding on a Sunday and we have a wedding the day before, we allow you to still come in for a rehearsal that Saturday morning from 10am-11am if that works for you and your bridal party. If you choose not to do a rehearsal onsite because Saturday morning does not work for you, we graciously add one hour to your wedding day, allowing you access one hour earlier. The venue rental fee on a Sunday is the same price as a Friday, however, it is $1,000 less than a Saturday.
No matter what day you choose to host your wedding on, your family and friends will come to celebrate you! We certainly understand you wanting to weigh in their opinions and make it convenient for them, but at the end of the day, choose the time of year you want, the date and venue that is best for you, your budget and your schedules, and the people you love will do everything they can to be there.