In today’s world, we seem to think that Saturday is THE day to get married, but why? An old folk song tells us that the superstition used to be that to get married on a Saturday was the least favourite day of the week! In fact, it actually suggests that a wedding should take place at the beginning of the week –
‘Marry on Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
On Wednesday the best day of all’
So if you opt for a weekday wedding, you’ll not only have luck on your side but you will likely also have more money in your pocket. As weekends are in higher demand, the charges of venues and suppliers are usually higher then. By holding your wedding during the week, you will probably find that you will get a great deal – all the same elements included, just at a lower cost! So if you’ve found your dream venue but their Saturday pricing is out of your budget, snap up the wedding of your dreams on a weekday instead.
Your guests will also find that your mid-week wedding will save them some money on travel and local accommodation. Hotel bedroom rates usually vary depending on the day of the week, with weekends being at a higher rate. No doubt they will thank you for keeping a bit more money in their pocket too, or they might even use that saved cash to buy you a few drinks at the reception!
As well as saving money, you will also likely find that there will be a greater range of date availability if you opt for a week day wedding – both with your venue and suppliers. They can get booked up years in advance on the popular weekend dates, but if you have your heart set on getting married that next year, you can make that a reality by getting married on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Why should you miss out on having the venue you’ve fallen in love with, or the photographer whose work you adore, just because they’re already booked on a Saturday – you shouldn’t have to and you don’t have to!
If you’re wanting to get married on a specific date; perhaps the anniversary of the day you met or got engaged, or the same date as your parents or grandparents wedding day, or even a special birthday, then sometimes you can’t be fussy with the day of the week. If your special date falls on a Tuesday, then why should you compromise – go ahead and book that Tuesday wedding!
Most people’s concern about a week day wedding is whether guests would be able to make it, with it not being a weekend. However, most people no longer work the traditional Monday to Friday hours so are therefore a lot more flexible with their working hours and getting time off. As long as you give people enough notice, you will generally find that they will make the arrangements to come. The other important thing to remember is that if they really wanted to be there, they would put in the effort and make the necessary arrangements no matter what day of the week it is! The ones who care the most, the ones who are the most important to you, will always be there. Besides, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to ditch work for a couple of days!? Your guests could use that time to extend their weekend, or even as the start of a holiday.
You could also make the most of having the weekend free and extend the celebrations. Use the days either before or after the wedding to spend more time with guests who are perhaps travelling particularly far and you don’t get to see very often. Having your wedding on a week day could also give you a couple of days at home to sort everything out before you jet off on your honeymoon at the weekend!
So really, you don’t need to get married on a Saturday – the old folk song can tell us that! There are 7 days in the week, take your pick and make your day your own.