Selecting your wedding date is perhaps the most important decision you will make in planning your celebration, followed closely by choosing the perfect venue, a beautiful gown, and a mouthwatering cake, of course. Weddings traditionally occur on weekend dates due to the flexibility of guests, but is a weekday wedding absolutely out of the question? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the pros and cons of hosting a weekday wedding.
Before you secure your wedding date, there are a handful of key questions you must ask yourself, regardless of whether or not that date falls on a weekday. First and foremost, check with your nearest and dearest to get a sense of when they might be available to attend your wedding. Weekend weddings are often favored because guests don't have to take time away from their jobs to attend and already have the time to spare for the celebration. Making sure your guests will be able to attend is crucial. You may also want to double check your own company's policy regarding vacation days to ensure a mid-week wedding suits your job requirements.
Second, review the date with your desired venue and vendors, including your caterer, florist, and bakery of choice. Clearing the date with these important parties is essential to creating the wedding of your dreams. The one true benefit of choosing an off-day for your wedding is that the prices will be substantially lower. So, if you're on a tight budget, and your guests could swing a mid-week ceremony and reception, you might want to think this option over extra carefully.
Finally, make sure that your officiant is willing and able to perform the service on you chosen date. As long as you have each of your bases covered, there is no reason you can't throw a weekday wedding.