After getting engaged, one of the first things you’ll want to do is to decide on a wedding date and venue. Saturday is the most popular day of the week to get married, but have you ever thought of a midweek wedding – they’re certainly on the rise. But why exactly are people moving away from traditional weekend weddings in favour of other days of the week?
It’s no secret that weddings are costly affairs, so it makes sense to save money where you can. With brides and grooms looking to cut costs, they’re turning to handmade decorations and a more economic wedding menu, but a midweek wedding is one of the most obvious ways to save a bit of dosh.
People within the wedding business are constantly inundated with requests for Saturday weddings, so you can often find yourself struggling to book the services you truly want. However, requests for a midweek wedding are less frequent, so you’re more likely to be able to secure exactly who and what you want and can possibly compromise on price.
Because midweek weddings are less popular, it’s a simple case of supply and demand. Wedding venues and suppliers will have more negotiable rates on midweek weddings than they will for Saturday weddings. They’ll often offer lower prices and discounts in order to fill the gaps in the calendar, meaning that you can save on the cost of your big day.
By being more flexible with your wedding date, you can save up to a third on the cost of your wedding, meaning you could have your dream day at a fraction of the cost. What you do with those savings is completely up to you.
As we touched on before, choosing a midweek wedding over a Saturday wedding will dramatically increase your chances of securing your dream venue, florist and wedding pianist for your big day.
With popular Saturday weddings, you may have to book years in advance for your dream wedding suppliers, however, with less popularity comes more availability. By planning a weekday wedding, you’re much more likely to secure the suppliers you want for the date that you want them, helping you to bring your dream wedding to life.
After all, with only 52 Saturdays per year, there are only so many weddings which can take place. However, by choosing any other day between Sunday and Friday, you’ll more than likely be able to avoid fighting off other couples for the same wedding vendors for your big day. This will hopefully make your wedding planning just a little less stressful.
If you’re after a little more flexibility for your big day, then a weekday wedding is the perfect solution for you. Not only does it increase the number of wedding dates available for you to choose from, but it also makes it much more likely that you’ll be able to book that wedding pianist that you’ve had your eye on.
A weekday wedding will also help you to think outside the box and make your wedding truly unique. How about a classy champagne brunch on a Sunday? Or continue your Thursday wedding celebrations into the weekend to truly make it an event to remember.
If you don’t want to venture too far from the traditional side of things, you might be reluctant to plan a weekday wedding. However, getting married on a weekday can actually make your traditional day of love just that little bit extra special.
Given the potential difficulty to take time off, your weekday wedding can provide a more intimate setting for your big day. As long as you ensure that you give your guests enough notice, you can guarantee that your closest friends and family will be there with you on your big day, making it a truly special occasion.
Speaking of making your big day an extra-special occasion, a weekday wedding increases the chances of your wedding being the only one on your wedding suppliers’ agendas. This means you’ll receive their undivided attention, from the venue’s manager to the florist – you’re sure to receive some extra-special touches.
As your supplier is less busy during the week, you’re sure to receive their undivided attention on the big day. This will help them to feel more relaxed and less rushed, boosting the quality and effort that they put into everything to make your day just as you envisioned it to be.
That’s not to say that your vendors won’t put their full effort into a Saturday wedding, but if they’ve got other clients to attend to on that day, then they might not have as much time to spend with you. A midweek wedding will take away this stress, making the whole day more relaxing and enjoyable for everyone.
The rise in weekday weddings can be compared to the increase in Christmas-time weddings as opposed to the more popular months in summer, as they share similar benefits.
Whether you decide on a weekday wedding, a Christmas-time wedding or otherwise, if you’re reasonably flexible with your wedding date, organising your big day will be much less stressful.
Written by: John Stuart