Thursdays are the new Saturday
True story: Your wedding doesn’t have to take place on a Friday or Saturday. Having a weekday wedding is a real option and a trend folks in the wedding industry are seeing more and more in light of the coronavirus pandemic. When COVID-19 brought group gatherings to a halt this spring, the fallout surrounding 2020 weddings was truly unprecedented.
With so many weddings being rescheduled in 2020, desired dates are filling up and fast. Any remaining dates for weekend weddings in the fall and into spring 2021 are at risk of being scooped up by other couples equally navigating this tricky scenario. But if you want to marry sooner than later, this is where having a weekday wedding can come into play — without sacrificing the fun!
What to Consider When Changing Your Date
According to The Knot, about 21% of couples with weddings in 2020 already plan to move their receptions to a different day of the week. Believe it or not, between the months of May to December 2020, over 63,000 couples have now set ceremony dates for Mondays according to their data. If you still need to make a change, you need to prioritize what’s important. Here are some crucial questions to discuss with your spouse that may help you narrow down the perfect, new wedding date:
- Is a specific date, month, time of year important to you?
- Is a specific venue important?
- Is having the wedding the same size a priority?
- Do you need to trim your guest list?
- Are your vendors available?
Weekday Weddings Does Not Mean Sacrificing FUN!
There is no ‘rule’ that says love can only be celebrated on the weekends. We’re here to tell you (from experience) that is NOT the case. Your guests will attend your Thursday wedding for the same reason they would attend your Saturday wedding… because they LOVE YOU. That means they will want to celebrate your love story any day of the week.
Let’s be realistic, people may have school and work obligations but the key to making sure your weekday wedding still rocks is advance notice. Whether it’s sending out new save-the-date cards, emailing out the link to your wedding website or simply calling/texting your guests about the date – give them plenty of time to make arrangements they needed to attend. (Hint, hint: people have to do that for weekend weddings, too!)
- Your friends & family will still come
- Your guests will still party and have fun (we can help!)
- You will still have a great wedding
- You won’t have to wait until 2021 to have your wedding, because weekday dates are available right now!
With everything that’s occurred in 2020, many will crave socializing and reconnecting at your wedding… regardless of the day of the week. Of course, it’s important to prioritize your safety and continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing and group gatherings. But remember: Your love remains the same whether you get married on a Friday or Wednesday.
Availability & Budget Friendly Bonus
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, you’ll still be able to document the day the same way because wedding vendors are likely very much available on your weekday wedding. If you have your heart on working with a specific wedding DJ, photographer or videographer, your chances of making that happen skyrocket by planning a weekday wedding. The very best vendors and venues book out far in advance for those coveted Saturday wedding dates – so save yourself the disappointment.
Lastly, it goes without saying – booking your wedding on a weekday means you can expect some pretty sizable savings on everything from venues to catering to transportation and more.
Real Couples, Real Weekday Weddings
Jenna and Mike
For Jenna and Mike, getting married on a weekday was a prime option.
“2020 was supposed to be our wedding year. It’s what we dreamt about, planned for and we thought those dreams were crushed due to the pandemic until we realized getting married on a weekday was a real option,” said Jenna Edmonds.
Jenna and her fiance were supposed to get married in April of 2020. Like so many, they had to rethink everything they planned for months. One of their priorities was to keep the vendor team they choose intact. With weekend dates filling up incredibly fast, they decided to go with a Thursday wedding.
“We felt so connected to the photographer and DJ that we knew we didn’t want to lose them. After discussing our options, we went with July 2nd 2020. Our friends and family still working would likely have a long weekend due to the holiday and they would be in party mode… so we went with it,” Jenna said.
Marissa and Jason
The couple was able to send a ‘change the date’ announcement to their guests with plenty of notice and won’t have to sacrifice their 2020 wedding date by getting married on a Thursday.
Another couple, Marissa and Jason, planned their wedding on a Monday before the coronavirus pandemic broke out.
“Planning on a weekday was easier and cheaper,” said Marissa Garrett. “We didn’t have to start planning as early because weekdays do not fill up as quickly.”
While their July 20th wedding ceremony is still on, they did cancel their BBQ style reception due to the pandemic.
“I do feel relieved that we picked a weekday wedding to begin with because I feel we can still get married and not have to worry about rescheduling our ceremony,” said Garrett.
Marissa says she’s looking forward to a slower paced, less busy wedding day that allows for more wedding photographer options with all of her guests.
“I believe a wedding should be about us and we know our loved ones will want to attend regardless of the day of the week.”
Brendon and Barbara
For Brendon and Barbara, they selected a weekday wedding for in 2019 for sentimental reasons.
“For us, our wedding had to be on a Monday because we wanted to keep the same anniversary we had been celebrating, July 1st.” said Brendon Waters. “We met and went on our first date exactly 8 years before the day we got married.”
Brendon says their Monday wedding on Wolverine Lake in July, worked out perfectly because a lot of their guests had time to travel due to Independence Day.
“We were always looking for a special, memorable day with immediate family and close friends, so planning a weekday wedding wasn’t a problem for us.”
Let’s Plan Your Weekday Wedding
Trust & care are two things that should be non-negotiable between us and our clients. We are here to help guide you through this uncharted territory. Call or email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you have about potentially rescheduling your wedding.
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- The Benefits of Having a Small Wedding
For information on staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19, we recommend following up with:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO).
- Stay informed and avoid misinformation by checking in with WHO’s COVID-19 myth buster page.