One of the most common misconceptions that we hear is that there is a “best” day to get married. Whether it’s a certain season – the June Bride tradition dates all the way back to the Roman times – a certain day of the week, or a specific date that is special or looks cool, a lot of our couples get fixated on a specific date being available. If you’re set on having your wedding during a specific season or on a specific day of the week, that’s totally fine, but we always talk to our couples about being open to other options.
The way we see it, your wedding day is going to be special regardless of the date or day you choose. There is no “best” day because whatever day it is will be YOUR day, and that’s what really matters. So, while Saturdays still seem to reign supreme, we’re also seeing that Fridays are growing in popularity and we love that. We’re all for a wedding any day of the week, and we’re not dissing Saturday-Thursday weddings, but today we’re talking all about why we LOVE Friday weddings. We’ll do that by comparing them to the traditional Saturday wedding, but believe us when we say that any day of the week is a good day for a wedding.
While Fridays are growing in popularity, they usually aren’t the first day to book.
This is a major benefit to you because it gives you more flexibility on which date works for you. While there is no best date, there are often other personal events or holidays you might be wanting to working around. I personally got married on my niece’s 18th birthday because it was the best date for us – we just sang her happy birthday to make up for it. Regardless of the date you choose, there’s probably not a perfect one but opting for a Friday wedding should give you a few more options to choose from if you’re booking around a year out or less. This also comes into play when hiring all of your vendors, not just your venue, so you may have a better chance at getting a vendor that you’d love to work with.
Fridays are normally cheaper than Saturdays.
We know weddings are expensive and we never push our couples to spend beyond their means. At The Chandelier, we have different rates based on what day of the week you’re getting married. Other vendors often have different rates for different days, too. Wedding savings can add up quickly when you consider the potentially more cost-effective vendor rates and travel rates (for flights and hotels if you’re not local).
If you get married on a Friday, you can make a weekend out of celebrating.
We have so many of our couples worried about getting married on Fridays because of guests having to travel in. But, we like to point out that most people who travel in are taking off of work on Friday to travel anyways. By getting married on a Friday, you’re giving your guests the opportunity to turn your wedding into a vacation and a celebration. If they’re already in town on Friday night, then they have all day Saturday to enjoy Gruene and New Braunfels before heading home on Sunday. As an added benefit, you can spend that extra time with them. One of my personal favorite recommendations is to plan a post-wedding brunch or outing for Saturday. That way you can enjoy even more time with all of your favorite people and soak in your newly-married bliss.
Friday weddings are becoming increasingly popular and more expected.
Let us preface this by saying it’s YOUR DAY. You do what you want to do and don’t make a decision just because it’s not the expected thing. Want to change up your timeline, offer appetizers all night instead of a sit down dinner, or do the grand exit first so everyone is there? GO FOR IT. With that said, a lot of people tend to shy away from Friday weddings because they think their guests expect a Saturday wedding or won’t like a Friday wedding as much. On the contrary, Fridays have grown in popularity so much in recent years that most people won’t take a second glance about it being on a Friday instead of a Saturday. It’s not a reason to do it, but it’s definitely not a reason to be against Friday weddings.
You get an extra day for your honeymoon.
We’re still big proponents for taking a delayed honeymoon and getting to spend the rest of the weekend with your friends and family, but if you want to jet off on your honeymoon the morning after your wedding, then a Friday wedding is the perfect way to take advantage of the extra day since you’re free on the day you’d otherwise be saying I Do. We’re always in support of more honeymoon time.
Weddings are special regardless of the day of the week.
When you celebrate your anniversary 5, 10, or 50 years from now, no one is going to be like “oh. You didn’t get married on a Saturday?” Nope. They’re going to say Happy Anniversary. Your date is your date and that makes it special in and of itself. I’ve had just as much fun at a Wednesday wedding as I have at a Friday wedding, and I’ve had just as much fun at a Friday wedding and I’ve had at a Saturday wedding. There is no one day that is inherently “best” to choose. It’s all about what is best for you.
When it comes down to it, the most important people in your life will find a way to be at your wedding and celebrate you regardless of when it is. & if a couple of people can’t be there for some reason? Then that’s okay too, because you’re still married and I promise you they will celebrate you just as much when they do get to see you next. Besides, they’re just as likely to have a conflict on a different day – you have to plan your wedding with your priorities in mind and if switching up the day of the week works for you as a couple then do it. We aren’t lying when we say that we love weddings on any day of the week, but Fridays definitely hold a special place for us because of all of the benefits that they offer.