Fridays and Saturdays are the best days for a wedding, right? Actually, there might be another option: Sunday. If you are interested in something different (and less expensive), here are 10 undeniable benefits of a Sunday wedding:
1. Sundays can be more informal. If you aren't big on the black tie affair, a Sunday afternoon wedding might be a great option. This works perfectly if bride and groom have a more casual style, and the whole tone of the wedding ceremony and reception is informal as well.
2. More availability. Since most weddings are on Fridays and Saturdays, those are the dates that book up the fastest. If you have your heart set on one special venue for the big day, a Sunday wedding leaves the door open for flexibility on the date and venue.
3. Helps avoid lengthy delays. Choosing a Saturday wedding with a specific venue or vendors could push the wedding date out further and further to get availability. Getting married on Sunday could mean saying “I do” sooner.
4. Cheap, cheap, cheaper. Most venues and vendors offer discounts for Sunday weddings, since that's a day that’s usually open. Add up the savings from a number of vendors, and there’s an opportunity to save thousands of dollars on the overall wedding budget simply by choosing a Sunday wedding date.
5. Bring on the brunch. Sunday weddings can be more informal, light and fun, if that’s what the couple chooses. Serving brunch might be a fun option that you don’t see at other weddings. A hearty brunch is often less costly than dinner.
6. Better photo options. A Sunday afternoon wedding offers the chance to be more relaxed with photos, plus you can take them outside throughout the reception as well – since it won’t be dark yet.
7. Sunday weddings could boost the guest list. During the peak of wedding season, sometimes people are invited to multiple weddings, some on the same day. The odds are much more favorable that there would not be a conflict with a Sunday wedding.
8. It’s helpful for out-of-town guests. For those that will need to travel, that usually involves taking some time off work. With a Sunday wedding, they might not have to. Guests can travel on Saturday (or Friday evening), and head back home on Sunday night, without missing any work.
9. More time to mingle with guests, before and after. A Sunday wedding gives you a chance to spend more time with their close family and friends (usually out-of-town guests) throughout the weekend before the wedding.
10. The reception can be a smaller affair – and it’s okay. Because the wedding will be on a Sunday, there’s a lower expectation to provide a large evening meal and wedding dance. Consider serving light appetizers and dessert for the reception and then have a nice, private dinner with just close family and friends.
Add it all up, and the opportunity to get the venue you want, with a style that fits your personality and a price that fits your budget, and it’s easy to see the benefits of a Sunday afternoon wedding.
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