Top Tips for Friday Weddings

Saturday weddings may be the norm, but it isn’t your only option. Whether your dream venue is booked every Saturday (thank you Covid-19 postponements!) until next year or your lifestyle just suits a Friday night better, there are tons of reasons to have a wedding on a weekday. So what should we do differently? We’ll walk you through our top tips for Friday weddings.

Price.

Friday weddings can save you some money, but it’s important to go through all the numbers. Your venue may offer you a reduced fee, but this is only a pro if it is in your favour. Venues are likely to be more flexible with setup times which can be huge. especially if you are considering renting a marquee or tent.

And even though you’ll be saving some money, it won’t come at the cost of the vibe! Friday weddings still have the same celebratory feel as Saturday weddings.

Couple holding hands

Preferred Vendors.

As Friday weddings are less common, it is more likely your preferred vendor may be available on your date. While your venue may be willing to negotiate in order to host multiple events over one weekend, some other vendors may not take on a second client if they are already booked. So plan accordingly.

Nearest and Dearest. 

Another pro of Friday weddings, need I say long weekend, baby!! Whether you are taking advantage of an existing long weekend or creating your own, your celebration on a Friday night ensures all your guests are able to de-stress and even mini-moon following your special day. Overall, you can expect a more cheerful mood, because your guests will be in vacay mode!

Pro Tip: Host a post-wedding brunch to allow yourself more time to spend with those guests that traveled far to be with you and those you might not get to see as often. It’ll give you a chance to really celebrate and enjoy the venue.

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Hire a wedding planner.

Friday weddings can be complex to navigate and plan, so consider hiring a wedding planner to help you figure out the best date and the best pricing to make the most of your day. Sure it might add a bit onto your budget, but you deserve the expert help of someone who knows the ins and outs of the wedding industry to give you a stress-free day.

Couple cutting bottle green cake

Be uniquely you. 

By choosing the non-traditional day, you get the opportunity to break the mould. Be creative! Embrace your location, opt for the cocktail party and fill your weekend with activities you both love. Your wedding is yours and it should reflect you and your partner in every possible way.

Who knows, Friday may just be the new Saturday when it comes to getting married! So, don’t hold back to achieve your vision. It all goes by so fast. Soak it in and enjoy the journey.

Happy planning!

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