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When considering your wedding date, consider the following pros and cons for the best day of the week to host your day to save!
Some vendors offer discounted rates to host a Monday wedding as it is a weekday.
- Possibly no change in vendor rates:
Discounted rates are not always granted on Monday’s as some vendors use the day to recover from busy wedding weekend schedules.
- Vendor choices at discounted rates:
Vendors that are booked on popular dates, such as Saturday, may have clear schedules for weekdays, such as Tuesday. Vendors that only work with weddings may offer lower rates during the week as an incentive to fill up their calendar with more than just weekend dates. Hotels and flights may also be available at discounted rates.
- Vendors may have non-wedding events scheduled:
Vendors that book non-wedding events may have filled calendars during the week. For instance, during the week hotels may host business conferences, hair stylists may work in a salon and photographers may shoot family portraits.
Hosting a wedding on a weekday, such as Tuesday, may pose scheduling conflicts for guests. Weekday weddings may require guests traveling from out of town to take time off from work. If children are taking part of the wedding, parents may have to keep kids out of school to prepare for the wedding. Guests that work evenings may have to take time off to get ready for the wedding and even beat rush hour commutes.
If hosting during the week, consider if the time of day and location may cause conflict for guests. If there are special attire requests, such as formal attire, keep in mind this may pose a challenge for guests to easily change into wedding attire after work.
- Vendor Discounts and Availability:
Wednesday weddings may come at a discounted rate as they are weekdays. Vendors may have additional dates on the calendar that are not available on weekends. Hotels and flights may also be available at discounted rates.
Hosting on a Wednesday may also pose scheduling conflicts for guests. Guests traveling from out of town may have to take off Tuesday to fly in for the day and fly out Thursday, meaning they would need to take 3 days from work. Be sure to consider your out of town guests when hosting mid week.
- Convenient For Destination Weddings:
Weddings hosted on Thursdays allow guests attending destination weddings an opportunity to have an extended weekend. Guests can enjoy a few days at the destination before heading home without having to use time from work if they have traditional Monday-Friday work hours.
Thursday’s are often the last weekday that offers discounted rates for vendors, hotels and even flights.
Thursdays can also pose potential scheduling conflicts for guests traveling in for the day, as they would potentially have to fly in on Wednesday. Flying out on Friday, Saturday or even Sunday may pose higher weekend rates. Hotel booking rates may also reflect higher rates as their stay may extend into the weekend.
- Extended Weekend For Guests:
Guests traveling in for your wedding can enjoy the weekend in the city of the wedding, allowing for an extended vacation. This is most ideal for destination weddings where guests can enjoy the full weekend.
- The Couple Can Spend More Time With Guests:
Hosting on a Friday allows the couple to spend the full weekend with guests. This is incredibly beneficial when a large number of guests are traveling in for the day.
Friday weddings are not always priced at lower rates than Monday-Thursday weekdays. The reason is that many vendors utilize Fridays to prepare for weekend weddings.
- Higher Airfare and Lodging Expenses:
Guests traveling in for your wedding may experience pricey weekend airfare rates if they have to depart on Saturday or Sunday. Prices can be even higher if your wedding location is in the midst of peak season.
Saturday’s are typically the most convenient day of the week for guests. Guests with traditional work schedules do not have to take time from work to attend your day. For instance, guests traveling in from out of town for your day can arrive Friday after work or even Saturday morning and depart on Sunday.
Saturday is the most popular day of the week to host a wedding and traditionally the most convenient day of the week for guests. Due to it’s popularity, Saturday’s are also the most expensive day of the week to host your day. This means that venue’s and vendors may be less likely to lower their rates as Saturday’s are generally not difficult to book.
Sunday weddings have become a popular alternative to Saturday weddings. Prices are often lower than Saturday’s, allowing for a more budget friendly rate to host a weekend wedding. Departing flights for guests leaving on Monday may also be less for guests traveling in for your day as well.
- Caution Over Time Of Wedding:
Late weddings may be a challenge for guests that intend to go to work the next day or that have family obligations. You risk guests heading out early to prepare for the next day opposed to staying until the end. Be mindful of the time that your day will end to ensure guests are likely to stay the full duration of your wedding.
When considering the best time of the week to host your day:
- Research average prices for your preferred wedding date before locking it in:
Before setting your wedding date, research the average cost for flights, lodging, and vendors to determine if your wedding day will work for not only your price point but guests. Take a glance at your guest list and search the average price of flights from destinations of guests to gauge if there are lower rates during specific times of the year or days of the week. Use tools such as Google Flights that allow an overview of average flight rates throughout the year.