How To Choose The Right Wedding Date For You!

"Have you chosen a wedding date?" is one of the most common questions a couple is asked when they get engaged. When faced with this question, you'll have 1 of 2 responses: "We're getting married on..." or "We haven't picked a date yet..."

If you haven't picked a wedding date yet, then you're in luck. The purpose of this article is to help inform and educate you on the pros and cons of your wedding date and what you can likely expect to happen with your guests. However, if you've already chosen your wedding date already, then congratulations! Identify your day and read up on what to look out for and anticipate moving forward.
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Saturday Evening Wedding

Pros
  • Most friends and family don't work on the weekends and are likely off the next day
  • Reception can go later in the evening
  • More elegant and relaxed in nature

Cons
  • Large gaps between church ceremonies and the reception could cause a dilemma with your guests
  • These dates book up early and fast during peak season

NOTE: It's always best to schedule the reception to start within an hour or less following the ceremony. If this is not possible, then offering your guests entertainment options to pass the time is highly recommended (i.e. site-seeing, local shops, movie theaters, etc.). Otherwise, appetizers and background music should be plenty!

Saturday Afternoon Wedding

Pros
  • Gaps between the ceremony and reception are usually no longer an issue
  • Vendors and reception locations may offer a daytime reception discount
  • Guests are able to enjoy a Saturday evening around the town or back home

Cons
  • Daylight may affect your guests ability to "let loose"
  • Time restrictions are common as reception locations tend to book rooms for Saturday evening receptions during peak season
  • Guests may be tempted to leave early if they've made Saturday evening plans

NOTE: With the right entertainer, the daylight factor won't be much of a factor at all. If you hire a professional wedding entertainer, they will be able to motivate and prompt your guests into having a great afternoon. Another way to eliminate the daylight factor is if the room can be darkened with shades and blinds. Maybe your reception location has no windows?

Sunday Afternoon / Evening Wedding

Pros
  • Many vendors and reception locations offer a Sunday discount
  • Many high-end vendors and reception locations are more available on these days

Cons
  • Many guests work the next day and this could impact how late your reception goes
  • The intensity of your dance floor may be impacted depending on guest accommodations (i.e. out-of-town guests driving home vs. staying in a hotel)

NOTE: It's best to end a Sunday reception by 9:00 PM.

Friday Evening Wedding

Pros
  • Guests will most likely have the next day off and can stay for a later reception
  • Can be more elegant and relaxed in nature
  • Many high-end vendors and reception locations are more available on these days
  • Many vendors and reception locations offer a Friday discount

Cons
  • Guests may need to take a full or half-day off from work
  • Rush hour traffic may delay guests from arriving on time and getting the reception started on schedule
  • A long day of work might affect your guests energy level and lower the intensity of your dance floor
  • Some guests may opt to leave early due to low energy

NOTE: Having guests meet at a central location and ride a shuttle may help keep the reception on schedule.

Weekday Evening Wedding

Pros
  • Many high-end vendors and reception locations are more available on these days
  • Many vendors and reception locations offer a weekday discount

Cons
  • Guests may need to take a full or half-day off from work
  • Rush hour traffic may delay guests from arriving on time and getting the reception started on schedule
  • A long day of work might affect your guests energy level and lower the intensity of your dance floor
  • Some guests may opt to leave early due to low energy

NOTE: Having guests meet at a central location and ride a shuttle may help keep the reception on schedule.

Holiday Weddings

Pros
  • Tend to be part of extended weekends and more friends and family can attend
  • Same benefits of Saturday evening receptions

Cons
  • Tend to cost the same or more than a Saturday evening reception
  • Many guests may not want to give up their holiday
  • Save The Dates must be mailed much earlier in the process to account for possible vacation conflict
  • Local traffic and events may impact travel and keeping the reception on schedule

NOTE: Popular holidays to hold your wedding reception around are Memorial Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, New Years, and Fourth of July.

Consider These...

Be sure to check the local event calendar as well as the sporting event schedules. Nothing can kill the mood at a reception faster than a bunch of your guests wanting to pay more attention to a televised sporting event that your wedding formalities.

If there is no way around this, then it's recommended to work with your entertainment provider to come up with a solution that will make everyone happy!

As you go forward and select your wedding day, keep in mind all of the above mentioned pros and cons, and plan accordingly. It's recommended that you find the right entertainment team that can partner with you and give you ideas and suggestions on how to make the most of your wedding day. Trust me, you'll be happy that you did!
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Jonathan Paduano

I am the owner of Paduano Studios - an award winning wedding and event production company. As an open-format DJ, I love performing at weddings and marquee private events. In my spare time, you can find me watching the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, spending time with my beautiful fiancée Sarah and our cat - Princess - and rat - Stewart.

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