Sunday Weddings | All the benefits
We are here to share why Sunday weddings are underrated and should be considered! Sure, Saturday is the most popular day to get married. After all, you get Friday for rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, Saturday to celebrate and Sunday to unwind, travel or clean up but you really can have it all on a Sunday too!
In most popular months, there are only so many Saturdays and they fill up fast so if you have your heart set on a wedding in a particular month, you should seriously consider a Sunday. There are more pros to a Sunday wedding than you might think.
Flexibility of schedule
Sunday weddings lend themselves well to an earlier ceremony, which means more menu options and more potential to save on your catering bill.
Sunday brunch weddings are super fun, an 11am ceremony followed by mimosas, Eggs Benedict, quiche and Bloody Marys add a different menu and a big savings on your part.
If you opt for a 2pm ceremony, you could do lunch fare (think soup and salad or gourmet sandwiches) or heavy apps, with more of a cocktail hour feel. Add some cocktails and dancing and your guests have a great time and could be on the road by 7or 8pm.
If you want to stay to the traditional evening affair, have your ceremony at 4pm, start dinner by 5pm and you can dance the night away with your sparkler exit at 9pm, you still get a full day of fun and celebration.
Savings in so many ways.
Most venues offer Sunday rates. Hours are a little shorter so you save some money. Other vendors may offer Sunday rates too. Never hesitate to ask your venue about Sunday discounts! At Pepper Sprout Barn, we offer a Thursday rehearsal time for all our Sunday couples.
There can be savings beyond the venue. Since Sunday weddings run a little shorter than Saturday weddings, you can often opt for smaller packages for other vendors. You may only need a 5-6 hour package for a DJ or a 6-8 hour package for a photographer. Every little bit helps you save!
Sunday weddings go lighter on alcohol, saving you money that way too! If your guests are local and going to work the next day, they tend to drink less. Same for those with a big travel day ahead of them. Going to work or getting on a plane with a massive hangover is no fun. All that being said, you can buy less alcohol!
Guests really don’t mind a Sunday wedding.
Guests tend stay the whole reception because they know it will end earlier. People sneak out on Saturdays for many reasons, they are double booked, stopping into the reception before dinner plans or they are just not night-owls. Sunday weddings usually start a little earlier therefore guests know it will end earlier and they’ll stay for a majority of the reception. Most are fine with heading home at 8pm or 9pm on a rare Sunday—especially when it’s to celebrate those they love.
Don't stress about Monday travel! With invites going out 4-6 weeks in advance, your guests can plan ahead, even more so if you send out Save The Dates and who doesn’t want to skip a Monday at work?! A wedding is a great excuse to take off a Monday. Plus for a Sunday wedding, they can get whole day in on Friday, so they are taking off the same amount of time, just different days.
Already dressed in their Sunday best! If your ceremony is immediately following traditional church hours, many guests come straight from church and are dressed the part. It’s another way we see higher RSVP rates for Sunday weddings, they are already out and about and early church services are often a reason guests leave early on Saturday nights.
When shopping for venues, ask what their Sunday rates and hours are. You may find that the hours are still plenty generous for a full wedding day but the savings makes a difference and the bonus is, you still get your preferred month.
While it may have been YEARS ago, I actually got married on a Sunday and my venue was three hours away from where most of my guests lived. We danced the night away until 10pm and my large Italian family (and a few friends that jumped on board) rode a charter bus home to the Boston area. To this day when my wedding comes up, my family shares so many of their favorite moments but never once have said anything negative about it being on a Sunday. I bet most don’t even remember that. We had a blast, just like it was a Saturday night!
Tell us, to get your preferred weekend would you consider a Sunday wedding?