It used to be a faux pas, but with event dates backlogged from the great pause of 2020, couples eager to get married are looking beyond the sought-after Saturday to lock in a date. The weekday wedding is having a major moment and venues are responding with over-the-top perks to cater to the midweek crowd.
Casa de Campo, a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic, is one of many destinations responding to the increase in weekday demand with perk-packed offers adding to the allure of a wedding date shakeup. "We have seen a major boom in re-booking 2020 wedding groups and for those couples who are scrambling to find another date to celebrate their dream event; we felt as if this weekday wedding package would serve them beautifully!" says Theresa Calcos, director of sales for weddings and celebrations at Casa de Campo Resorts & Villas. "Our weddings team has been curating unique experiences for so many couples’ special days, and the weekday weddings package really illustrated that we can tailor a full itinerary of events surrounding a Casa de Campo wedding no matter the size, length, or even the day of the week."
With many venues following suit, the overwhelming selection of incentives surrounding weekday events makes choosing where to book the hardest choice for couples planning a midweek soirée. So, what makes a good weekday wedding destination? We asked wedding planners across the country to weigh in on what to consider when selecting your off-peak venue.
Make a Vacation Out of It
"I find that destination weddings make better mid-week plans. Consider asking your friends and family to make a vacation out of it instead of just coming for a Wednesday night wedding in the city," offers Laura Maddox, owner of Magnolia Celebrates. "This requires more effort from your guests, sure, but it also means that they will focus on the wedding as they would if it were a weekend...instead of just coming for a bit and leaving early as they have to get up for work the next morning."
Avoid Big Cities
"When making weekday wedding plans, try to avoid large cities where you will be battling against the heavy work-week traffic," Sarah Blessinger, owner of Kindred Weddings and Events, advises. "Instead, consider the towns and cities around larger metropolis areas. A place that is a smidge more remote that can offer the feeling of a weekend getaway may also help get your guests in the mood to disconnect from it being the workweek and celebrate. Consider outdoor auto camps, glamping, cabins, or nature retreats as potential host locations for your wedding."
Plan Extended Events
"There is a much better chance of booking your dream venue on a Wednesday than on a Saturday...plus, there's something so Euro-chic about having a wedding in the middle of the week! Destination resorts are great venues for mid-week celebrations. You can plan an extended series of events if you are married on a Thursday; dinner on Friday, a picnic on Saturday, and a farewell brunch on Sunday!" notes Syrie Roman, owner of Social Maven.
Consider Your Guests
"Venues that make better weekday wedding plans are those that are easy to get to for most guests. Ideally, it’s not a far drive and not a venue that guests will have to fight a lot of traffic to get to...particularly for hometown weddings. Destinations that make better weekday wedding plans are those that are cheaper and quieter during the week," shares Jamie Chang, owner and destination wedding planner at Mango Muse Events. "While almost all destinations are busier on weekends, some are almost purely weekend destinations. So having your wedding on a weekday in those types of destinations can really benefit not only your wallet but your wedding as well."
With the experts’ insight in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best off-peak packages below to inspire your weekday wedding plans.
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Book your wedding ceremony on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at this luxury Caribbean destination, and in addition to reduced pricing, Casa de Campo is offering one extra hour each for your reception party, your open bar package, and the DJ service. Plus, two complimentary all-inclusive nights for a pre-wedding site inspection (mini engagement-moon, anyone?). Perks at this premier resort extend to your guests as well, who will receive 20 percent off golf at Links and Dye Fore and 20 percent off all spa services.
The Unlimited Ceremony at The Shore Club in Turks & Caicos is perfect for couples looking for an over-the-top wedding experience on island time. In addition to all of the included wedding planning services, booking this package on a weekday in tandem with a one-bedroom suite will earn you your own personal butler—available to assist with any and all needs to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch.
The new Saranac Waterfront Lodge in upstate New York will pick up the tab for a private boat on which couples can take their first look photos. Departing from the hotel’s on-site marina and cruising Lake Flower for 45 minutes, this private experience will deliver an intimate (and romantic) moment before ceremonies that take place Monday through Thursday.
On top of significantly reduced site fees for Monday to Thursday weddings at The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa (reception fees start at $1,000 compared to $6,500 on weekends), couples who say "I do" during the week will also enjoy a few food-focused freebies. A complimentary s’mores reception is included during the rehearsal dinner and the wedding party receives 40 percent off a private cooking class at the resort’s on-site Cook Academy.
Bellwether Beach Resort—a new addition to St. Pete Beach, Fla.–is wooing weekday wedding groups of 50 or more with complimentary "getting ready" snacks and mimosas for up to 10 guests to enjoy in the bridal suite, plus a complimentary butler passed signature drink during the cocktail hour.
Tucked away in a quiet hamlet of the Catskills, Seminary Hill offers a generous 30 percent discount on weekday weddings. In addition to the full Seminary Hill Wedding Experience, you’ll receive five bottles of their estate cider to enjoy as well as a complimentary tour of the orchard and cidery for your wedding party. With no weekend crowds from the city, your guests can fully embrace the quiet charm of Callicoon, and as newlyweds, you can stay at The Mountain House through the weekend for a magical minimoon.
Shelborne South Beach is an art deco Miami Beach destination offering lots of extras to Monday through Thursday weddings of up to 100 guests. Couples can choose their adventure with any three of the following: a complimentary one night stay in a Townhouse or the Penthouse, a 20 percent discount off the ceremony fee, upgraded chairs for the ceremony, two extra hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail reception, one signature welcome drink, and a discounted group rate for a hotel block.
As New Orleans bounces back, couples can once again have an authentic NOLA celebration experience with second lines and parades. Couples who book from Sunday to Thursday at the newly renovated New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District earn up to 100,000 Bonvoy Bonus Points to use towards their dream honeymoon that can be redeemed at any Marriott property.
At the all-inclusive, all-adults, and all-suite Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Maarten, all you need to do is say "I do." For added value, weekday couples booking the Diamond Reception Dinner Package will receive 45 percent off their room rate with a minimum four-night stay in a Rooftop Suite—inclusive of your own private butler service!
In response to the rise in demand for intimate wedding ceremonies due to the pandemic, Grand Residences Riviera Cancun has introduced a weeknight micro wedding package (for up to 10 guests) that is included as part of a couple’s weeknight stay. The package includes an all-inclusive stay and experience for every pair, a three-course meal after vows have been exchanged, a customized special wedding cake decorated with the couple’s initials, a celebratory bottle of Champagne, and chocolate-dipped strawberries waiting within their suite to end the day.