The Etiquette of Throwing a Sunday Wedding

There are only so many Saturday nights.

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A Sunday wedding has a very different personality than a wedding on a Friday or Saturday night. While all three can be a lot of fun, a Sunday wedding has more of a low-key vibe, while a Friday or Saturday affair is all about the party. That's probably because most guests will have the next day off to relax and recuperate. Though a Friday or Saturday may be preferred by guests, sometimes the advantages of a Sunday wedding are too good to pass up: discounted rates, lower minimum head count, availability of your favorite venues and vendors. If you're marrying on a Sunday, here are some tips for making your day a good time for loved ones.


Get married earlier in the day.

A noon wedding means that guests will have enough time to get home after the party's over. They won't have to stay over and take off from work on Monday, either. (Even among your closest peeps, there'll be a reluctance to use a vacation day to attend a wedding.)

Don't be put off by a lower guest count.

If your wedding is on a Sunday night, some faraway guests may decline your invitation. As much as they'd like to attend, work commitments or a lack of vacation days may keep them away. And some local guests may leave as soon as dinner is over in anticipation of getting up early the next day for work.

Keep church services in mind.

Sunday morning is a busy day for religious services. Most Sunday afternoon weddings won't interfere with them, but it might be an inconvenience to some guests if you're considering a late-morning ceremony followed by brunch.

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