As a newly engaged couple, you’re certain to have 101 things to do to get your ducks in a row before the real business of wedding planning commences.
But once family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances have seen your engagement ring and heard that proposal story, there’s one question that always comes next… When’s the big day?
Setting a wedding date is one of the most vital decisions you’ll make during the planning process.
Your choice could impact many aspects of your special day, including your venue choice, wedding vendors and even your guest list.
Whilst a wedding date at the weekend seems like the natural choice, it isn’t your only option.
According to the latest ONS survey on Marriages in England and Wales, Saturday may remain the most popular day to tie the knot, with half of all marriages taking place on this day. Yet, weekday weddings are on the rise.
Here we explore the benefits of getting married in the week.
The venue of your dreams is more likely to be available
Wedding venues get booked up well in advance, with couples giving themselves two years to plan their big days finding that their venues aren’t available on their chosen dates.
When this happens, something has to give, which means you’ll either have to forfeit your ideal venue or look at alternative, less suitable dates.
Whether you’re enjoying a short or long engagement, the wedding venue of your dreams is likely available if you choose to get married in the week.
You’ll enjoy better wedding vendor availability
The same theory applies when choosing your wedding vendors. Wedding vendors get booked up in advance and while the lead time is shorter than with wedding venues, they’re more likely to have less availability come the weekend. Give yourself the pick of the bunch by choosing a weekday wedding.
It’s more cost-effective to get married mid-week
By choosing to tie the knot in the week, you may just slash your wedding budget. This will leave you with more funds to spend on the ideas and elements that will help you realise the big day you’ve always dreamed of.
This is particularly true when choosing your wedding venue. Wedding venue hire is often more cost-effective on a weekday, so you can save money without compromising.
Because marrying during a holiday isn’t always the best idea
Tying the knot at Christmas or on Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Father’s Day or another holiday may sound great, but as many couples will tell you, the reality is very different.
We’ll let Bridal Guide talk you through why weddings on major holidays have their downsides:
“Although holiday weddings can be super fun and festive, your wedding date is something you want to celebrate for years to come because of the meaning behind it — not because it was also NYE.
Another thing to keep in mind is the significant costs that are associated with holiday weddings.
For example, the price of roses during Valentine’s Day is unbelievable, so having them on your big day could really put a dent in your overall budget.
Guests like weekday weddings too!
Contrary to popular belief, guest availability isn’t the problem it’s worked up to be when hosting a weekday wedding.
As weddings are booked so far in advance, your guests will have plenty of time to make arrangements.
In fact, some guests prefer to attend weddings held in the week as it gives them the perfect excuse to get away and take some much-needed time off work.
Double booked guests are also less likely if you’re planning to get married in the week, which is great news if you want to tie the knot sooner rather than later.
If you’re hosting your wedding in a venue far from home, a weekday slot can mean fewer expenses for your guests. Hotels are likely to be cheaper and have greater availability in the week.