Saturday wedding or extra 6k? Really debating whether to change the year of our wedding. We have agreed to get married on our anniversary as this is the day we also got engaged. We initially agreed to wait until 2020 as it falls on a Saturday but now looking at prices for our venue. A Monday-Friday wedding would save us 6k!! Is it really worth that much for a Saturday. It’s not like people can’t book a Thursday off work?
Those who want to attend your wedding will have no issue in booking it off. Booking ours on a Sunday in February has saved us £7000. Out of the 110 day guests we have invited only one has refused so far and I have most of them back
Hi a mid week wedding is much cheaper :)
Thanks, the more I think about it I just can’t justify paying that much more. May have to suggest bringing the wedding forward a year. It really does save so much money.
We had our wedding on a Wednesday for this exact reason. We only had 1 family who didn't attend. X
Depends how many of your nearest and dearest are teachers, if it's term time that is.
Some people can’t book time off for friends’ weddings. For example teachers can’t. If you don’t know many teachers or won’t take offence at them saying sorry they can’t make all day then that’s fine
We got married on a Wednesday as it saved us almost the same amount and meant we could have everything else we wanted without worrying about the cost. Everyone has about 10 months notice and only a couple of my friends couldn't make it due to them being teachers and couldn't get it off work. I'd say go for the mid week wedding and put the money towards something else
We are getting married on a Friday. Everyone we have invited except 3 people are able to come. Including my friend whose a teacher. She just gave her invite to head teacher and got the time off authorised.
We’ve chosen to get married on a Monday as it saves money and ours is in the summer holidays as my brother, bridesmaid and aunt all work in schools x
We've booked Maundy Thursday, falls in school holidays and day before a bank holiday saved us quite a bit of money. People who want to be there will be
I've missed two close family weddings this year and will miss another next year because they were/are in term time and I'm a teacher. My brother also missed them as he would have been fined for removing his children from school. If you don't know any teachers and don't want children at your wedding then you probably don't need to worry. You might also want to consider travel... a Thurs wedding for people who need to travel will be more likely 2 days of annual leave for them.
If getting married in the week isn't a problem for you then do it, it is absolutely ridiculous how much more some places charge for weekends and 6k is a lot of money that could be spent elsewhere or saved.
We contemplated this but went with a Saturday as It would possibly mean them booking the Friday off (or 2 days off) as well if your having an evening party where people can drink and have a good time, as a guest I wouldn’t want to go in work the next day. Good luck with your decision x
Having recently been to a wedding on a Thursday... remember it's highly likely it's 2 days you are asking people to take off work. I'm all for a Friday wedding. Teacher and children depending. Obvs it's your day you have to be happy and to save that much is huge but you won't get everyone coming and you just have to think how that effects you?
We got married on a Wednesday (also our anniversary) we only had 1 person who couldn’t come due to work, the other 70 all booked the day off x
We wanted to do this for the exact same reasons however we have moved ours to march instead of April for a Saturday wedding and we got a winter package deal. Saved us a lot of money. 🙂 I guess it depends what month you want to get married in. Personally we didn’t want to get married during the week because for us it just didnt feel the norm. You have to do what you feel is best for you 🙂 if people have notice there is no reason why they won’t be able to book it off 🙂 x
Being a teacher, I can’t just book time off. There are plenty of other jobs like that too. If you have it on a Thursday, it’s not just the Thursday they’ll need off but the Friday as well probably for the hangover. It would all depend on what your family and friends do for a living. My venue was less than 1k more for it being a Saturday.
We booked an autumn / winter wedding on a Sunday and it saved us nearly £4k. We have a tight budget so couldnt have afforded it otherwise. We are just going to give a bit more notice with save the dates x
Ours is on a Friday! The people who want to be there will be there. I mean 2020 is a LOT of notice! Xx
We’re getting married on a Saturday but we have family and friends coming to England from Scotland so thought it would be fair for them to book one day off work to travel down instead of two if we got married on the friday
We've booked ours on a Thursday in 2020 but it fits for half term and my job. It will depend on where people work and their policies on time away for things like weddings. It also depends on what you and your partner want to do, your budget and what the venue offer in terms of difference (extras for your money ect...) Hope you get things worked out. Xx
I would go for the weekday wedding. We got married on a thursday saved a fortune! Just give people plenty of notice to book time of work
What about a Sunday? We got married on a Sunday and as far as I'm await every one was fine with it. Also with a Sunday wedding (if It's not during the holidays) any teachers should be able to go too . X
We got married on a Friday which worked out great as people had a long weekend xx
We got married on our anniversary 26th April and was a Tuesday everyone we wanted to come came no dramas! Get married on the date YOU want, you can’t think about everyone else it’s your wedding your always have to remember that xx
We got married on a Friday and it saved us a fortune, all of our daytime guests made it - including a teacher friend. Pick your date for you, don't worry about everyone else x
We had a Thursday wedding. Those who want to be there will make the effort. As long as you give enough notice. Everyone loves a wedding!
We got engaged on our anniversary and want to get married on that date in either 2018 or 2019, so we’re doing a registry office on the day for immediate family then a reception on the Saturday after.
We are having a mid week wedding booked 18 months in advance
So plenty of notice for our family and friends. Save yourselves the money! Xx
Ours was a Friday no issue with teacher or kids getting time off school and it was a bank holiday weekend which was good
We're getting married on a Thursday but it is between Christmas and New year. Halfed our venue cost! It's mad they can charge so much for same service. But I guess the weekends are the most popular. Do what's right for you only thinks your situation and family and friends situations.. I would of had to go for a Saturday as I work with my dad and both of us having time off is a nightmare.
We're getting married on a Sunday afternoon with the reception late into the night. People who really want to celebrate with us have had enough time to plan and make arrangements ☺. It saved us a lot of money and we can get married at our dream venue just because of this change of week day.
We did exactly this... ! wanted to get married on a specific date... set on that date in 2019... then decided to move it forward a year , so we still have the same date that we wanted but are now getting married in August 2018 on a weekday Instead, get to do it a year earlier... save abit of money too as weekdays are cheaper for Venues... now next year and I can’t bloody wait !!! And who cares about the day! If you give people enough notice... the people that want to be there will be there!
In 10 years time... nobody will remember the day you got married on... just the date!!! Xxx we saved £5k !
We are having our wedding on a Sunday for that exact reason, £5k cheaper for a Sunday than a Saturday at our venue.
Be prepared that if you go for a weekday that some won’t be able to make it though, I’m a teacher and heads don’t even like you taking days off for a funeral during term time, never mind a wedding... and there are other jobs like it too (plus of course kids with school etc. And parents getting fined)
We are also a bit worried that even being a Sunday a lot of our guests will leave early because of work the next day, so that is a worry for me...
Depends really if you have friends who can only book days off at certain times such as teachers, nursery nurses but maybe you could do a holiday weekday perhaps if you do.
Why not go for that Friday before, then it will be the day before your anniversary and you will wake up married on your anniversary (and £6k in pocket!)
We did exactly the same. We got married last Thursday, which was on our 5th anniversary (we had gotten engaged on our 3rd). Fortunately, this date was during half term so not too many people had to book the day off as we know a lot of teachers/school workers. We were incredibly grateful to those who did book the time off work to be with us. It did mean the evening reception was wrapping up at 11 as people had work the next day but we were all danced out by that point anyway. We saved ourselves about 30% off the Saturday price by having it on the Thursday :)
We are getting married on a Monday and if people don’t want to come that’s there choice it’s our day those that wanna be there will come any day of the week xx
Our daughter got married on a Tuesday, it saved about £3000 , if the people you ask really want to be there they will arrange a day off as a holiday, her 2 children were taken out of school for 2 days without being fined and 98% of our family and friends who were invited attended the wedding.
With so many people working weekends nowadays it's no big deal! Timed right your next couple of anniversaries will be at the weekend though
That's what we've decided to do. Luckily our anniversary falls on a half term holiday in Feb and it's a Thursday. It's only costing 3,300 for everything.
Yes maybe they can and they also then can lose a days pay,which not everyone can afford. Well worth Googling venues and don't be shy to ask for a discount - says me who married 46 years ago and me mum paid for our wedding in a posh hotel :) - she did!
I'm getting married on a Thursday and it's over school Easter holidays so kids don't have to miss school and it's cheaper.
Ours is a Sunday but within the school holidays. Saved us a few grand
Our venue is no more expensive for weekends; you'd just have to decide if your happy with the possibility of those closest not being able to make it with work/childcare. Have you tried a Sunday?
Mine is booked for a Tuesday in 2020... Falls in half term ! Check the school dates then you're covered x
We've booked a February wedding saving us £10k on our venue.
Have it on the day that you want! If your family and friends really want to be there for you, they will do everything in their power to be there. With plenty of notice pretty much anyone can get time off work. Those who say they 'can't' either haven't tried hard enough or aren't too bothered about your wedding. And if some guests can't make it to the day, saves you some money on food and drink, and maybe they can still make it to the evening after work but ultimately, you and your h2b should choose the day that you want and fits within your budget
We're getting married on a Friday. It's surprising how much cheaper it can be on a week day
We thought about a week day but with us both wanting to invite work friends two business would of had to close for 2 days.
I’m having my wedding on a Sunday and it saved us money
My fiance and I also got engaged on our anniversary, and were looking to get married on the same date in August 2019, but we changed our date to a Thursday (still in August) and this has saved us about 3k. Anyone who you are close to shouldn't mind taking a couple of days off! And if some people don't want to take the day off they can just come to the evening (which will save you some more££!) Good luck xx
My daughter is getting married two weeks Friday all the people who want to be their will book time off from work,we have guest from London Scotland and Cornwall I wouldn't paye that much more just for a sat think of what you could spend that money on.
We had ours last Sunday - 5k less and was the weekend before half term so no problem with kids or teachers having school the next day. Everyone was able to attend, no problems, would recommend :-)
Save 6k xx
Im getting married on a friday in july. My brother is a teacher so we made sure it was in the holidays. Our venue was the same price but we wanted to make it bit easier to book other things (photographer, cake, cars, caterer, dj) as most weddings are saturdays so we wanted to be able to choose the ones we wanted and booking a year in advance xx
You have to do what you feel is right for you. As people have said if ppl
Want to be there they will but it will more than likely be 2 days off if they have to travel. And also a lot harder now for people with children in school as they have the problem of getting fined for taking them out of school x
Im getting married on a thurs as its half the price !
Do what's right for you and your budget. Plus if you do it mid week or the day before your anniversary, you'll wake up as man and wife in it anyway xx
We are getting married on Thursday 3rd May next year which will be my parents 38 wedding anniversary. It is also the Thursday before the May bank holiday weekend so we are hoping that people will book Thursday and Friday off work to attend our wedding and get a nice long weekend too! It is also saving my parents (who are paying for our wedding, we are very lucky!) about £3k. I think weekday weddings are getting more and more popular
As people have said, if people want to be there then they will book a day off work and be there. It's your day so do it your way. Wishing you all the best x
I'm having a Saturday wedding as almost everyone we want to invite would need to take time off. some are teachers and others are people we work with. My office only allows two people off on the same day so six won't be able to attend and it's the same for the OH.
I originally wanted a Saturday wedding but, an extra 8k on top was an absolute joke so we are getting married on a Sunday. The venue and food both on day and night is costing us just short of 6k. We get married 9 days after our anniversary
I originally wanted the 3rd Aug which falls on the day in 2019 as that's the date we got together but after checking out the prices it's almost 2K cheaper to do it the day before on the Friday do that's what we be gone for it's a no brainer really x
We have a Thursday wedding. It has literally saved us half the cost of the venue. I have also found a lot of providers offer discounts on weekday weddings. We are getting a great deal from our photographer etc because of this. I would do it, everyone who is important enough to you to be invited will book the time off. Would also say to send save the dates though so they have notice to book time off.
I'm having mine in just under 2 years time and I find the price a little bit less than I was expecting x
I think it all depends on who you really want there and if they could get it off for me a Saturday was a no brainer my best friend who was a bridesmaid is a teacher my mum is my father in law works in a school and I had a further 6-8 guests that I can think off the top of my head work in a schools all being close friends/family if you don't have any you know if I'm sure people would be happy to book a weekday off if they can x
The people who want to be there will make sure they're there whatever day it is!
We chose a late March wedding for the exact same reason! 6k is a honeymoon - a very very good honeymoon !!
I got married on a Thursday in Scotland (I'm from kent) with just close family. I then traveled back to kent on the Friday and had a reception party for everyone else on the Friday evening. All in all, the venue for the wedding and the reception cost around £1000. Sooo happy with the way we did it and I got to wear my dress twice x
I had a Thursday wedding and don't regret it at all, the people who want to be there will make the effort to attend regardless of what day it is, especially if you give them plenty of notice!
Def going for a Friday wedding - hoping most can manage one day off work and it extends the weekend for everyone! Plus our venue said they would give us a discount for a weekday
I would say save the money. I would have liked it on our anniversary to but can’t justify the extra 4-6k and don’t want to wait 4-5 yrs. so decided to have it 3days before our anniversary mon-wed was cheaper (next yr)
Look forward to ur day and planning. You could always do a photo with the engagement date.
I’ve noticed time go by so quickly already. Good luck
As long as you don’t have any teacher friends who you’d want there! As they couldn’t get a day off 🤦️
I got married last year on a Thursday purely because it was about 5k cheaper!!! And it was during October half term when the kids were all off school
My brother got married on a Thursday. I dont think anyone didn't show up because it was mid week. Including a teacher, so if people want to go they will have no issue booking time off xxx
We thought the same, was origionally going for a saturday but decided on a monday to save 3k. In my eyes if they are not willing to book a day or 2 off work then we dont want them at our wedding! As long aa they have more than enough notice 😊
I had a Monday wedding and was the best decision we made xx
It depends on your family/friends careers. I work in a hospital so any day of the week is bad for getting time off even weekends, a lot of my family are teachers so if what school holidays it would be ok.
We got married in a Thursday this year and no-one RSVP’d and said they couldn’t come because of the day, it saved us thousands and meant we could have the added extras that a Saturday wouldn’t have stretched too. Hair & make up were also cheaper as not a busy day x
I would rather pay the extra for the special day
We had our wedding on a Tuesday. We had it on 4th October. We had it on that date as it was sentimental value as my daddy is dead and that date was my mum and dads 49th wedding anniversary. We had people contact us asking the date as they had a holiday booked. They changed the date of their holiday which they had already booked just so they could come to ours. And yes people did take 2 days of work but they didn't mind
Done exactly the same wanted the 4th july but wouldve have to wait 3 yrs to get married on a sat so weve decided to just have it on a weekday and now saved us around 5k xx
We’re getting married on a Sunday... not only is hotel cheaper but we are tied into having to less bedrooms... 5 rooms for a Sunday but 12 on Friday and Saturday.x
Be mindful of school staff, they can't book time off like others can x
Sadly weekend weddings will cost more as they are more popular (many places include Friday in this too). You then have 'peak' & 'off peak' seasons through the year (December, February & April through to September are considered more popular so can be more costly than October, November, January, March...).
I didn't see the point getting married on a Saturday for the extra few thousand pounds for exactly the same wedding through the week it's a convenience thing on a Saturday those that want to be there will put a holiday in
We got married on a Thursday and didn’t have any issues with people not being able to make it. For the most part people were glad to get the extra day off work, as long as you give people enough advance notice there should be any reason they can’t come!
Choose the day which is special to you! My fiance chose valentines day for us we will both be 58 on our wedding day ! He is amazing! !
My wedding is booked for a Sunday as we are saving ourselves £2000 by not having it on a Friday/Saturday. If people really want to come they make sure they can. We are slightly worried that people will leave early on the evening but I just remind everyone to try and book it off the next day (obviously not possible for people who work in schools etc)
I'm having a Friday then ppl can still have weekend to recover lol
Also it's my 30th birthday the day after so can celebrate tht over weekend
There was hardly any price difference between a Thursday and Saturday for the venue we had our reception at so we got married on a Saturday
We married on Friday..those we wanted there were x
I got married on 12.12.12 it was a Wednesday, I got married in Kirkpatrick Fleming just outside of Gretna, the people who mattered came x
If Friday is the same cost as weekdays I would chose Friday! Then that's only one day people have to book off
We got married on a Thursday and saved so much! Even my sister who is a teacher managed to come! Everyone we wanted there came was defiantly worth it xxx
We are getting married on a sunday and it is 20% cheaper! People can then book the Monday off if they want.
We chose a Saturday and paid thousands more however all of our friends are getting married Thursdays and Fridays it’s time you have to book off to be there but also you make the effort if you want to attend, just give plenty notice
Make it clear to people it isn't a saturday if you do choose to have it on a weekday, many will assume. We had ours on a Friday and people were able to have a long weekend to recover
If you give people enough notice they will be able to get the time off work ect. My work you have to book holiday April to March (I know not everywhere is like that)
I have been to many weddings on a Friday. We are getting married on a Saturday but purely as it’s no extra cost. Xx
We went for Thursday as it is such a big difference, I was of the opinion if we are that important to people they will book the days off work a bond join us, we have everyone aboit 18 months notice, only had one which can't make it because he is a abroad on a work trip which got rearranged
Not everyone can book.a mid week.wedding. especially if they work in a mon to.Fri job.
You may get less people being able to attend if its not on a saturday.
We got married on a Weds as it was sooooo much cheaper. We gave plenty of notice so people could plan, the only ones we invited that couldn't make it, were people who had already booked their summer holidays abroad. We sent the invites at Xmas for the date in Aug. The ones who want to be there for you will make the effort to be there.
I'm waiting till the Saturday as I'm doing the same as you in the same year too xx
We got married on a Saturday. The only extra expense was the registrar - about £150 extra compared to a weekday. There was zero difference in the venue cost or anything else x
Most of the people I know work at the weekend in sales, retail or hospitality so a weekday wedding would be both more convenient AND cheaper!
We got married on a Sunday because it saved us a fortune! The people who want to be there will be there regardless of day.
Exactly or a Sunday wedding is cheaper too even better if falls on a bank holiday extra day off anywsy
Ours is a Thursday 2020 wedding!! We will send out the invites about a year before so people can give their employers enough notice. We are having a package deal as it's cheaper than separate, and although it's more set in terms of menu and running times we save quite a few pennies. Our date is special as it's fits a timeline (albeit a bit back to front). We offically got together on the 20th, engaged on the 10th and married on the 30th. Xx
I had my wedding on a Thursday. The friends and family that want to be there will make it no matter what. As a bonus they can book the Friday off and get a long weekend!
Remember that certain jobs (teachers) cannot take additional days off, or very rarely. If you have lots of close family and friends in that profession that might be something to consider x
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My stepsister is saving 2k as she is getting married on a Friday.
I was adamant I would only ever get married on a Saturday.. then after a five minute discussion we booked a Monday! It seemed stupid to spend so much extra money. Absolutely everything was cheaper for the Monday. I won our wedding venue but even just the cost of our food and everything else was £1500 cheaper for the monday. Alot of our guests work over 7 days anyway so technically it would be easier to get a weekday off work. And at the end of the day people will work around your plans if attending your wedding is important to them 😊
We’re getting married on a Saturday and our venue is only £2,500 with absolutely everything thrown in, table decs, drinks, food for day and night, DJ, plus a few extras we added on x
We get married on a Friday for same reason if they won't to be there they will make the effort
Me and OH have our wedding booked for a wednesday, on our 10th anniversary, would have cost alot more if it was a weekend xx
We could get married on a Saturday for the same price at our venue but we have gone for the Friday because it is our anniversary. If people want to be there they won't have any problems with taking the day off work! X
I think Friday weddings are great- you then have the whole weekend to relax and enjoy being married.
It also gives guest a day of work and a weekend to recover from the hangover
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