You probably won’t be surprised to hear that here in the UK, the majority of couples choose a Saturday to get married. The reasons for this can be varied, but high on the list is the probability that not only will most guests have the day off work, but equally as important, they’re likely to have the following day off too, enabling them to fully enjoy the evening reception. And even with 52 Saturdays to choose from, a summer wedding is still the most popular with people crossing their fingers and toes and hoping for a bright, sunny day. But what about all the other days of the year that are so often overlooked?
Weekday & Sunday Weddings
Choosing to get married on a weekday or a Sunday is becoming increasingly popular, and although it can have its drawbacks (people having to take time off work to attend and perhaps having to leave earlier in order to be at work the following day) it certainly has its benefits. Popular venues can get booked up extremely quickly – sometimes up to two years in advance – so avoiding a Saturday may mean you have a far greater choice. More importantly, many venues and vendors are willing to offer substantial discounts for these less popular days.
Here’s a little tip…if you choose to marry on a Sunday, why not arrange your wedding for the day before a bank holiday? This will, in effect, turn your Sunday into a Saturday and practically guarantee the majority of your guests won’t have to work either on the day itself or on the following day.
There’s been a rising trend in couples wanting to tie the knot on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, both of which can make for a truly wonderful and memorable event. A Christmas wedding will bring an added touch of sparkle and magic to your day, but be prepared for a few ‘with regret’ cards to adorn your doorstep, especially from guests who have children. New Year’s Eve, on the other hand, can be a fantastic day to get married and will ensure your guests are all in the party mood and are likely to stay at your reception until the very end, wanting to hear those midnight chimes. If you choose the right location and look to the skies, you may even be lucky enough to get yourselves a free firework display, too!
Your wedding decorations can play an important part in visually creating the ambience you are looking for, but it doesn’t stop there. Flowers, food and drinks are all seasonal, and a wedding in the springtime can look (and taste) very different to a wedding in the autumn. If you’d rather have cocktails and canapés on the lawn, a spring or summer wedding would be ideal. But if it’s a warm cider punch in front of the fire you’re looking for, opt for an autumn or winter wedding. As mentioned previously, you may find that venues and vendors charge less in January than they do in July.
Whichever day of the year you choose to get married, timing is everything. If you get married too early in the day, you risk having tired guests who are ready to leave halfway through your evening reception. On the other hand, get married too late and things can feel terribly rushed, leaving you little time to chat to all of your guests and truly enjoy your day. As a general rule of thumb, a ceremony that takes place between midday and two in the afternoon should be fine if you’re having both a wedding breakfast and an evening reception. Any earlier or later, and you may be running into problems.