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Saturday has been thought of as the “preferred” wedding day for a number of reasons, but does that mean other days don’t have their benefits?
Of course not!
With all the focus on Saturdays, many brides find themselves choosing venues that don’t meet their needs, let alone make their heart skip. They settle for their second, third or even fourth choice. Instead of a spring wedding in 12 months, suddenly it’s a fall wedding in 18 months. And the venue date is just the beginning – what about the church, the band/DJ, the photographer, even the honeymoon location?
There is a definite upside to considering Friday or Sunday for your wedding – and a financial savings is just the beginning.
TOP REASONS TO PICK AN “OFF DAY” FOR YOUR WEDDING
1) FOR YOUR GUESTS
One of the most common reasons for picking Saturday is for guests – the locals and the travelers. But many guests are more than willing to take a long weekend, if they have enough time to plan. Traveling guests often look forward to the extended time with family or the chance to sight see, especially when Chicago is so nearby. If you have lots of travelers, arrange a special tour activity for Saturday. Spend some more time with the people you care enough about to have them at your wedding.
2) FOR THE VENUE
Not only is there a great chance your dream venue is available, but there’s also a higher chance of booking the DJ/band you want, as well as photographers and videographers. Let’s face it – after the wedding dress, the venue is the most important thing on your mind. You want it to feel special. You want to know the staff understands you. You want to have people talking for months afterwards about how special your wedding and reception were.
3) FOR THE COST
You can get everything you want (and a bit more) for a better price just because you chose a Friday or Sunday. Having a Friday/Sunday wedding can help you save thousands and not just on the venue. The band/DJs, bakeries and florists may also provide discounts if your wedding is on a Friday/Sunday because you’re bringing them business on a day that could have been lost revenue.
4) FOR YOU TO ENJOY THE DAY
If you have an evening ceremony, then you have the entire day to get ready and really soak in the experience – make real memories with family and your wedding party. Your wedding day is naturally a busy day and it flies by so quickly, but with having the whole day to spread everything out can be a huge help. The last thing you want is to have your day speed by in a blur that you can only remember because of video and pictures. Picking Sunday means you have Saturday to get all those last-minute things done or time to spend with the people who came into town just to see you!
5) FOR THE CHANCE TO BE UNIQUE
By choosing a non-traditional day for your wedding, you’re giving yourselves the opportunity to break out of the “ceremony, dinner, dancing, after-party” mold. Have a Sunday brunch wedding, with Bloody Marys, mimosas, and spiked coffee alongside an indulgent brunch spread. Have an early-afternoon ceremony, followed by a dinner-party-style reception. Friday night has a much more flexible feel. Certainly formal is fine any time, but Friday can also be a let loose, be casual, have a spectacular theme kind of night. Start with a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres prior to the service, and let your guests unwind after a busy work week. Then follow that up with a cut-loose reception! You can even extend the party with a full weekend of activities for your guests before you leave on your honeymoon.
Saturday wedding dates fill very quickly. Chevy Chase is almost fully booked for 2020. If you are looking for an earlier date, talk with our Chevy Chase Event Sales team about alternative choices for 2020 that are sure to please you and your guests.