In the last few years, more and more young couples have decided to forego tradition and have their wedding on a Thursday night. There are of course, some downsides to this. It may be difficult for your guests to go to a wedding on a weeknight, especially if they have work the next day, for example. However, for the budget conscious couple, a Thursday wedding may fit perfectly into their budget.
If you are a bride (or groom) who has their heart set on a lavish affair, but are finding the price tags to be a bit too high, having your wedding on a Thursday may be the solution. You’ll still get the same high quality of service as you would on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday wedding, you just won’t have to pay as much to get it.
A Thursday wedding isn’t for everyone though, and there are some things you should consider before making this decision.
The biggest pro of course, is the money you will save on the wedding reception venue. However, what may come as a welcome surprise is that you will likely also be able to save on vendors like the photographer, DJ and florist. Speaking of vendors – having you been eyeing the work of a photographer that tends to book up years in advance? They likely have your Thursday wedding date free.
If you are more of a spontaneous person than a planner, another perk to having your wedding on a Thursday is that everyone from the reception venue to the vendors will likely have your date available even if it’s only a few months away. This is great for couples who want to have a full wedding celebration, but not a long engagement.
Now to discuss some potential cons of having a Thursday night wedding. While they aren’t plentiful, they should be considered carefully. Take a look at your guest list and think about who you are inviting. How many of your guests are close enough to the both of you that they’ll be willing to attend a weeknight wedding? Do you have a lot of out of town guests that will need to take even more time off of work? Are you okay with the possibility that your guests may have to miss the ceremony or leave the reception early due to work? Are you okay with the possibility of getting more no’s than you would for a weekend wedding? Most of the cons center around your guests’ ability to stay and celebrate, but if you’re confident in their ability to come, then go for it!
In regards to your guests, yes there are some who will leave early or won’t be able to make it at all, but this shouldn’t deter you from booking a Thursday wedding. One great perk is that instead of trimming the guest list to save money, you can invite more people and still save. If you have out of town guests coming in, you can delay your honeymoon a couple of a day and create a wedding weekend of fun kicking it off with your Thursday wedding celebration.
The Knot reported that 6% of couples get married on a Thursday. So while, this is still not the most popular choice of day, couples shouldn’t eliminate it completely. There is a lot of consider in regards to a Thursday (or any weeknight) wedding. Each couple will need to weigh their own pros and cons and see what works best for them. For the budget conscious couple though – a Thursday evening may be the key to their dream wedding.