Weekends are, by far, the most popular days of the week to get married. In fact, about 80% of weddings take place over the weekend—and that jumps to 95% if you count Friday. Weekend weddings may be the most popular option, but they’re not the only option—and, depending on your budget, they may not be the best option for you either. Enter: the weekday wedding.
Getting married on a weekday is a smart way to achieve the wedding of your dreams—without dropping the kind of cash you’d need to spend on a Saturday soiree. But weekday weddings aren’t free of challenges—everyone would have them if they were! Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of weekday weddings. Find out if making it official in the middle of the week is the right fit for you.
The most common and most significant plus of weekday weddings is the savings. Weekday weddings can be much easier on your budget than a standard weekend affair. On average, the cost of a wedding is over $30K. For many couples, that price tag just isn’t within reach.
Getting married on a weekday can, in many cases, help to bring that budget down to a more manageable number. It all comes down to demand. Because wedding weekends are so popular, anything wedding-related is going to be in greater demand on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday—which will drive up prices.
It’s easier to negotiate deals on everything from your cake to your rentals to your venue fee for a weekday wedding. You want to save money and vendors still want to make money after all.
Many venues also offer extra incentives such as free rental upgrades to get people to book their weddings on less popular days. So, instead of paying an extra $5 per person to upgrade to Chiavari chairs for your ceremony, your venue might throw in those upgrades for free if you book a weekday wedding—which could end up saving hundreds of dollars off your budget.
That said, when it comes to booking vendors, weekday weddings can be a double-edged sword.
On the positive side, wedding vendors are less likely to be booked on a weekday, which can potentially help you score a better deal on everything from hair and makeup to catering to cakes.
The key word in that statement is potentially. Even though there’s a lower demand for wedding vendors during the week, that doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get a discount—or that the vendors you want to work with will even be available.
Because wedding vendors typically work weekends, they might choose to take off a few days during the week. And if your wedding day lines up with one of those off days, they might be less inclined to take the job. Some wedding vendors also keep day jobs that they work during the week—which means even if they wanted to work your weekday wedding, their 9-to-5 might not allow it.
Popular wedding venues can book months (or, in some cases, years) in advance—and the first dates to get booked on the calendar are almost always weekends.
If your dream venue is scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from now until 2021 (or beyond!), hosting a weekday wedding can help you book a much earlier date instead of waiting years to walk down the aisle.
Saving money on your wedding is great, but you can’t put a price tag on having the people you love there to celebrate it with you. Which leads us to the biggest challenge of weekday weddings: scheduling for your wedding guests.
There’s no way around it. For most guests, attending a wedding on a Monday or Wednesday is more difficult and inconvenient than attending a weekend wedding. Even Friday weddings pose challenges for many guests.
People typically have obligations during the week: jobs, school, etc. It’s much harder to commit to an event on a weekday (especially an event like a wedding, that can last well into the evening hours) than it is on a Saturday or Sunday. Inviting your guests to a weekday wedding can put them in a position where they have to rearrange their schedules and take time off from school or work—which, ultimately, not all of your guests will be willing to do.
If your guests have to travel for your nuptials, there is a silver lining to weekday weddings: cheaper travel costs.
Again, it all boils down to demand. Because many people don’t have to work or go to school on the weekends, Fridays through Sundays are prime travel times—which can drive up prices for flights and hotels. There’s less demand during the week which means, with a little digging, your guests will likely be able to find better deals on their airfare and hotel costs—which can make traveling to your wedding more affordable.
Just like any other scenario, there are pros and cons to hosting a weekday wedding. Only you and your SO can decide if the pros outweigh the cons. If they do, though, weekday weddings are a great way to make the wedding process easier and more affordable.