But I know what you're saying, "I really want a Saturday evening wedding so my guests are able to eat, drink, and dance the night away without having to be worried about school or work the next morning (read: nurse their hangovers)." Or here's another one, "All my guests are coming from out of town, so I need to provide a travel cushion the day after the wedding." Have no fear, there are several ways to make your non-Saturday evening wedding feel like one:
1. Have a Friday evening wedding. Your guests can party the night away without any obligations the next day.
2. Have a Sunday wedding that precedes a national holiday. This covers both the late-night partying guests and the guests traveling from out of town. Below are the federal holidays that fall on Monday each calendar year:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday - 3rd Monday in January
Presidents' Day - 3rd Monday in February
Memorial Day - Last Monday in May
Labor Day - 1st Monday in September
Columbus Day - 2nd Monday in October
3. Have your wedding on the day or eve of a national holiday that falls on a weekday. This will allow you to take advantage of weekday pricing which is usually significantly reduced compared to weekend pricing.
New Year's Day - January 1
Independence Day - July 4
Veterans Day - November 11
Thanksgiving Day - 4th Thursday in November
Christmas Day - December 25
While I know you might not think it ideal to share your wedding with a national holiday, it isn't as unappealing as you might think. If your friends and family all typically gather for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays anyway, throwing a wedding in the mix can be a great celebration for everyone. Also, usually the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is a very light week. Many people are off or have very light working schedules. Thus, a mid-week wedding during this time can be a great idea and huge money-saver.