Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, weekday weddings were growing in popularity. They're now expected to become even more prevalent after so many couples had to postpone their vows last year and are now vying for dates in 2021 and 2022. And there are significant advantages to getting married during the week. “Your dream venue that's well over budget on any given weekend date may actually be feasible if it is booked within the week, and food and beverage minimums may be quoted lower,” explains says Kristen Gosselin of KG Events & Design. “The same goes for any of your dream vendors who could actually become a feasible option during the week.” Like any time, however, there are some important planning details that need to be taken into consideration. Here are the most important ones to keep in mind.
Not everything is cheaper.
While Monday through Thursday is typically cheaper when it comes to venues and some vendors, not all elements are less expensive. And there are also some vendors who charge a fixed fee for their hours regardless. “We as planners charge the same amount for weekday and weekend because it’s the same amount of work,” explains Skylar Caitlin, the Houston, Texas planner for Chancey Charm (and a weekday bride herself).
Setup hours can be tricky.
Depending on the venue, there could be either more or less flexibility in the setup hours, notes Gosselin. For example, if a museum is open to the public on the weekdays until 4 p.m., that could pose a challenge for a 6 p.m. ceremony. Alternatively, a restaurant that's closed on a Monday could mean that the whole day is available for setup.
Noise ordinances could be different.
Keep in mind that there might be different rules and regulations for weekday events depending on your wedding locale. That means the end time may have to be earlier and will be more strictly enforced than on the weekend, which will of course impact the timeline of the entire event, says Gosselin.
The end time might need to be earlier.
Speaking of the end time, if you're staying local for your big day, consider an earlier end time to the night so people can go to bed early and recover for the next day, recommends Caitlin. While you may be jetting off to your honeymoon in the morning, many of your guests might have to get up for work—or get the kids up for school—bright and early.
Invites should be sent out sooner.
Weekday weddings may take more planning on behalf of the guests as many will most likely have to take a day (or more) off from work, arrange childcare, make travel plans, etc. With that in mind, you’ll want to send your invites out at least eight weeks before the event (if you can send out a save the date beforehand, even better).
Some people won’t be able to attend.
Couples need to be more considerate and understanding of the fact that some guests simply might not be able to pull off coming to a weekday wedding. As Caitlin reminds her clients, there are those with children in school who may not be able to attend because their kids can’t miss class or they don’t have safe childcare for weekday travel, while others aren’t able to take the time off from work. If this is the case, let these guests know they will be missed, but you understand why they can’t make it.
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