The pros and cons of a weekday wedding
Saturday may be the most popular day for a wedding, but with only 52 weekends in a year it’s easy to see how quickly these dates can get booked up – especially during the busy summer period. Now, more than ever, couples are starting to move away from tradition and look at other ways of celebrating their big day. Weekday weddings are growing in popularity every year, and at Prestwold Hall, we host exclusive-use weddings throughout the week, right through from Monday to Sunday. But is a mid-week wedding right for you? Here we look at the pros and cons of a weekday wedding…
By far the biggest bonus of booking a weekday wedding is the cost. Saturday celebrations come at a premium, due to their popularity and limited dates, but most venues will offer reduced prices for other days of the week. If you have your heart set on a specific venue, like our luxurious, exclusive-use Leicestershire country house wedding venue, but your budget can’t stretch to the weekend price, a weekday wedding could be the perfect solution. Want to know how much your wedding at Prestwold Hall could cost? Click here to use our online quote builder
More chance of getting the venue you want
As well as cost, a weekday wedding means you have a much better chance of booking the venue of your dreams. Saturdays in summer are so limited and get booked up very far in advance, but with six other days of the week to consider, you’re far more likely to get the perfect venue at the right time of year. When it comes to dream venues, Prestwold Hall is hard to beat. Our stunning, Grade I stately home wedding venue, surrounded by the most glorious Leicestershire countryside, has everything you need for a luxurious, stylish and unforgettable big day.
Your dream suppliers will be less busy
While your venue is key, it’s also all the wonderful suppliers that come together to make your dream wedding a reality. When it comes to the pros and cons of a weekday wedding, a plus is that you should be able to book your favourite vendors without any issues. The very best florists, make-up artists, car hire and bands can get booked up months or even years in advance for Saturday weddings, so going mid-week really makes sense.
Cheaper for your guests
If you have guests who will need to travel for your wedding, they may well thank you for opting for a weekday celebration. While Prestwold Hall has 10 beautiful bedrooms available to book for you and your guests on the big day, additional guests may need to find alternative accommodation. Mid-week hotels are far cheaper than busy Saturday nights, plus they are less likely to be booked up during the week than on the weekend.
Great for an intimate day
A weekday wedding is a fantastic choice for couples who prefer a more a more relaxed celebration. Many venues, like Prestwold Hall, have a lower minimum guest requirement for weekday weddings, so if an intimate yet elegant wedding day is what you have in mind it really makes sense to give Saturdays a miss. Small, sophisticated and luxurious – sounds good to us.
Fewer guests will come
This one is unavoidable. By throwing a weekday wedding you have to accept that a lot of guests won’t be able to attend. Work and childcare will always make it tricky for guests during the week, but there are ways to make it a bit more do-able. Give plenty of notice with early Save the Dates and talk to friends about your choice of a weekday wedding in advance. For some it will be impossible to come along and join your day, but as long as you have those most important to you there to celebrate that’s all that matters.
Guests might not stay late
For those guests who do make it, chances are they won’t be staying to party late into the night like they would during the weekend. Many will have to travel home for work the next day or get back for family commitments, so a late one won’t be on the cards. If you have your heart set on a big party and dancing into the early hours, you may be better off sticking with a Saturday celebration.
Some suppliers may not work during the week
While a weekday wedding often gives you more options when it comes to booking your dream suppliers, be aware that not all wedding vendors work all week. Some DJs or entertainers, for example might only be able to accept Friday to Sunday bookings, so do check before you commit to anything.
Should I have a weekday wedding?
Now you know the pros and cons of a weekday wedding, is it right for you? It’s a big question and one that only you as a couple can decide. The pros are vast, but a weekday wedding also does come with its cons, so you need to weigh up what is most important to you for your wedding. Prestwold Hall is a spectacular setting for both grand weekend celebrations and smaller, intimate weekday weddings. We’d love to show you around our unique stately home venue. Just click here to arrange a viewing at Prestwold Hall or to ask our Wedding and Events team a question.
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