Choosing a wedding date is hard. There are so many schedules to contend with, plus the availability of your favorite venues—and your budget. If you’re aiming for peak wedding season, those Saturday nights may already be full, and the ones that are free could come at a budget-busting fee. So can you skip the most popular night and opt for a wedding on a Sunday night instead? Our experts have a few tips to make it work for you.
Saturday nights are the most common choices for weddings because they’re super convenient. Guests can travel on Friday evening or Saturday morning, then head home on Sunday, all without having to take time off of work just to celebrate with you. With that, though, comes a higher fee and limited availability. It’s the law of supply and demand at work: There are only so many Saturdays a year (and even fewer during prime wedding season!), so venues can charge a premium. That means you might have a tough time finding a Saturday that fits your schedule and your budget, which is where off nights come in. Not only will you have better luck finding an available Sunday at your venue of choice, you just might save a little cash while you’re at it!
So what’s the best way to get married on a Sunday? Here are some tips to make it work for you—and your guests.
You know Saturday night is the most convenient time to have a wedding, so if you’re planning for Sunday instead, keep that in mind. Instead of an all-night rager, opt for a brunch or early afternoon wedding. This will either give guests time to travel when your wedding is over or get them to bed early enough that they can make the trip at the crack of dawn on Monday.
Your bottom line might be lower if you get married on a Sunday, and your guest count might be, too. Even if you do plan to host your wedding earlier in the day, there’s a chance some guests (especially those who would have to travel farther or have kids in school) simply won’t be able to make it. Don’t be discouraged, though! You’ll still have a core group of guests who are thrilled to celebrate with you. On the other hand, though, if most of your guests are local, you might end up with more guests than you anticipated. It’s actually not too disruptive or inconvenient, and if your loved ones have jam-packed social calendars, they may be more likely to have a free Sunday afternoon or evening than they would a Saturday night.
Weekends like Memorial Day and Labor Day seem like great choices, since almost everyone has Monday off (turning Sunday into another Saturday night). However, travel during these holidays (as well as hotel rooms!) can jump in price, making attending your wedding a major investment. Venues like hotels are also in high demand, meaning you probably won’t save much money yourselves! Before you book, ask your venue to provide weekend pricing so you can make an educated decision about just how much it will cost.
Hosting a Sunday wedding does mean you won’t be able to have a morning-after brunch (unless you’ve chosen a long weekend date), so instead shift the festivities to Saturday night with a welcome party. Or, if you’re having a morning ceremony and brunch or luncheon reception, have an “after party” later in the evening. Serve wine and hors d’oeuvres or your favorite cocktails, and really enjoy your full wedding day, all before your usual Sunday night bedtime.
Just because your wedding is on Sunday, doesn’t mean you have to cut back on the good times. You can still serve fabulous cocktails, hire that band you love, and decorate your venue to the nines—even if last call is closer to 9pm than midnight. And remember, if the two of you are having a blast, your guests will, too!