Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! Booking a wedding venue can be really tough these days. It seems like everyone is getting married or having an event and therefore venues are getting booked up so quickly. On trend recently has been the concept of weekday weddings; but what are our thoughts on this?
Weekday weddings, particularly from Monday to Thursday can attract discounted rates with venues. This means that you can still use your dream venue for much less than you would at the weekend.This would suit the couple who are determined to have their dream venue for a little less money.
Weekday weddings may cause working guests to take annual leave or request a day off. Often you will find that mainly guests that are very close to the couple will go to the length of taking the day off to attend their wedding. This could potentially reduce the couples guest list as people may be unavailable due to work or other commitments.
This could also mean that those that are closest to the couple or to the couples family will form a large part of the guest list as they may be more inclined to make arrangements to take a day off than others.
We have had some very successful and beautiful weekday weddings that actually felt like weekend weddings due to the number of guests that turned up. As it is becoming more common and accepted to have a weekday wedding, couples just need to ensure they give their guests plenty of notice so that they can make the necessary arrangements to attend.
More traditional voices would argue that weekday weddings are inconvenient for the guests and would urge couples to stay away from this option. You could say that weekday weddings make the guests more time conscious because they may have work the following day. This could lead to less time partying on the dance floor or could even make guests less likely to drink as to avoid any hangovers the following day at work.
For the couple, these factors could equate be positive points such as, less money spent on the venue in terms of hours, less money spent on bar staff and drinks and less money spent on vendors such as DJs. On the other hand, one could argue that the guest who is constantly thinking about their early start at work tomorrow would be unable to enjoy the wedding day as much as others, therefore lessening the pleasantry of the wedding experience.
Is the glass half full or half empty? It depends how you look at things..
We are all for the couple and believe that they should do what suits their style, their needs and most importantly their budget.
If you have nagging voices telling you what to do or what not to do for your wedding day, make sure these nagging voices are nagging wallets to! i.e. they have got to put their money where their mouth is if they want to tell you how to do it all!
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you are doing it for you because pleasing others is a never ending and never satisfying spiral that you do not want to enter!