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If you have a limited wedding budget, you have a variety of options that can save you money, many of which won't cost you any money. But some, like having your wedding on a day other than Saturday (which is the most expensive wedding day of the week), may come at the cost of guests' convenience. Is it inconsiderate to do so? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your questions in our our daily post.
Is it rude to host our wedding on a Friday night to save money, since it's less convenient for guests?
Not rude at all. While it's true that a Friday-night wedding may not be as easy for some guests as Saturdays, any date you choose will inconvenience someone. However, before you book the venue, check with your wedding VIPs (your immediate family, close friends) to make sure they're able to attend. Then go ahead and send your invites, and be extra-understanding of anyone who decides not to come because of the timing.
Many venues offer cheaper rental rates for a Friday night event, so this is a great option if you're on a tight budget. Also, since you'll probably have to start the wedding on the later side (say, 7:00 p.m.) to give guests enough time to get to the wedding, you may be able to get away with holding a cocktail-style reception with free-flowing drinks and hors d'oeuvres, instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, which will also save you some serious cash. Plus, getting married on a Friday night means you're extending the wedding-weekend celebration: Schedule a day-after brunch on Saturday, and then guests can depart on Sunday at their own leisure.