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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.