The Weekday Wedding

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As a Wedding DJ & Master of Ceremonies based in Phoenix, Arizona, I can tell you from experience that the weekday wedding is severely underrated. Everyone seems to be aiming for the weekend.

I understand why, but there are so many benefits to having your wedding during the week, and I feel like not many people have considered them. So, I’ve decided to compile a list of the pros and cons of weekday weddings.

Who knows? Maybe this article will change your mind? A weekday wedding may just be the perfect option for you.

Weekday Wedding Pros

  1. Weekday Weddings Are More Budget Friendly

Just about everything is cheaper on the weekday: transportation, catering, venues, and most vendors. When there’s less demand, prices get more competitive. In fact, many venues offer discounts on the weekdays. So, if there’s a golf course or vineyard you never thought you could afford, this is your chance.

The truth is, weekday weddings leave extra room in your budget for more exclusive vendors and venues, as well as fun things you knew weren’t going to make the cut. I’m looking at you, chocolate fountain.

  1. Vendors Are More Available

There are only so many weekends in the year, and just about all of them get booked for weddings. The better vendors get booked out almost a year in advance, and you’re left settling on something you didn’t really want.

Because fewer couples go for the weekday wedding, these dates are not only cheaper, but more likely to be available. If you have a dream venue, this may be your only chance to snag it—especially if you’ve procrastinated on the booking.

  1. Travel Prices Are Lower During the Week

This may go under the “budget-friendly” heading, but I felt it was important enough to mention on its own. If you’re going anywhere outside of town, it may be especially beneficial for you to plan a weekday wedding. Flights and hotels are always cheaper Monday‑Thursday. In fact, Wednesday is supposed to be one of the cheapest days to fly!

  1. Some Vendors Offer Extra Incentives for Weekday Weddings 

Many vendors like to incentivize weekday weddings by offering discounts and special “extras.” A photographer’s wedding package may be cheaper, or include extra perks that you would ordinarily have had to pay an arm and a leg for. Hoping to keep the photographer for longer? Or want any special editing done? Monday-Thursday are the days to look for it.

Weekday Wedding Cons 

  1. Not Everyone Can Go

Unfortunate, but true. Some of your guests may have prior commitments on your wedding day and not be able to attend. If your guests have kids, it’s easier to find a babysitter on the weekday, but this is something they may not want to pay for. And if they want to bring their children, they may be more reluctant to do so on a school night.

  1. Traffic

While long-distance travel is cheaper during weekdays, driving around in the city can be a pain. There’s nothing worse than speeding towards your destination, only to suddenly hit the brakes because you’ve hit rush hour. If you think you can avoid the traffic, then you’re probably forgetting about school traffic, and everyday city traffic. It’s hard to get around it.

So, unless you’re having your wedding in the country, you may have to be patient with latecomers. Odds are they just spent 30 minutes in back-to-back traffic, trying the rein in their road rage. Nothing a quick trip to the bar won’t solve.

  1. Weekday Weddings Are Quieter (Unless It’s on Friday)

People aren’t as willing to drink and dance the night away on a Tuesday—they just aren’t. Unless everyone takes Wednesday off, you may have a quieter wedding on your hands. While some people may not make it to the wedding due to school and work commitments, others will come but take it easy.

Because of this, I recommend a Friday wedding. It’s the sweet spot. Fridays are still cheaper than the weekends, but you also get a crowd willing to party and celebrate your big day with you properly. When people have the whole weekend to recover, they’re more likely to enjoy themselves.

  1. Relatives WILL Talk

There’s always that group of hypercritical, traditional family members who think weddings should only be on the weekends. Don’t ask me why. I don’t get it. Yes, the weekday wedding is slightly more inconvenient, but the day is about the bride and groom. If they want a weekday wedding, they get one—and no one should have any say in it. Find a polite way to let any critical wedding guests know this.

Some people have strong opinions about the weekday wedding, but the only one that matters is yours.

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Getting Engaged During the Holidays

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I know it’s not exactly holiday season yet, but we’re close enough that if you’re thinking about popping the question, you’ll probably be making that decision soon. According to surveys, a lot of people are thinking about a holiday proposal right about now.

A Wedding Wire article “Top 10 Most Popular Days to Get Engaged”, shows that Christmas day is the most popular day of the year for proposals. Some of the runner-ups include, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, December 23rd, and two Saturdays before Christmas Eve. So, six of the ten days mentioned in the article take place during this special time of year.

You see the trend?

As a Wedding DJ & MC based in Phoenix, Arizona, a lot of my couples have told me about their amazing holiday proposals. They’ve also mentioned some things you should keep in mind if you’re going to propose in front of your entire family.

I’m here to tell you why you should get engaged over the holidays…and what you need to consider before doing so.

Why People are Getting Engaged During the Holidays

 

  1. Your family will be there

Your friends and family will be able to share in the excitement with you. If you have a big and close family, the holidays may be a great time for a proposal. Instead of spreading the news via phone, everyone important to you will be right there. What’s better than having your own group of personal cheerleaders?

Also, if you’re planning an elaborate proposal, you’ll have a lot of people there to help you pull it off. If needed, they can keep your significant other distracted, set up the proposal site, or be in charge of film and photography.

  1. You get time off work to enjoy the bliss

Yes, you’re technically getting time off for the holidays, but why not pretend you’re vacationing in beautiful engagement bliss? Not only will you get the chance to go on a mini-getaway, but you’ll also have more time to plan an engagement party, or start talking logistics about the wedding. It’s kind of a bummer to get engaged and then go to work the next day, but getting engaged during the holidays really lets you soak in the feeling.

  1. You’ll never forget your anniversary

As time goes on, the anniversary is the first big date you forget. If you propose on Christmas or New Year’s, you’ll never forget it. Not only will it make these days that much more important to you, but they serve as a great reminder to get your significant other that gift they’ve been (not so subtly) hinting at.

  1. It’s romantic

The holidays aren’t just the happiest time of the year, they’re the most romantic. Imagine the twinkling lights, the smell of pine and cinnamon, or bending down on one knee just as clock reaches midnight. It’s the perfect atmosphere for a proposal.

Things to Keep in Mind if Getting Engaged During the Holidays

 

  1. Your family will be there

The presence of your family is both a pro and a con when it comes to getting engaged during the holidays. They’ll be there to cheer you on and help you out, but it may be a very cringe-worthy event if your partner says no. So, if you decided to propose during the holidays, you better be reasonably certain that they’re going to say yes. Any other outcome would definitely bring down the festivities. On the bright side, at least you’d have your family there to console you.

  1. Everyone might not be 100% happy for you

This one is hard to think about, but it’s also true. It’s not that a family member would resent you. They might have a lot of things on their mind at this time. You can’t expect to propose at the Christmas party and then have it be all about you. You have to be willing to be the happy side-note of the party. Your family will be thrilled for you, but everyone has their own plans on Christmas. Your proposal may not be as important to everyone else as it is to you.

You may also have to tone down the cheer. Especially if you have a recently-divorced relative, or a sibling desperately waiting for their own proposal. If you decide to propose in front of the family, their feelings will have to be taken into account as well. While most proposals are solely between two people, choosing such a public forum changes things.

I hope this post has been helpful! Especially if there’s anyone out there debating whether or not a holiday proposal is a good idea. I thinks it’s one of the most romantic proposals, but be sure you know what you’re doing!

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