What exactly is a weekend wedding you might be asking? A weekend wedding, in plain English, is a wedding that lasts two days, or for a whole weekend. This could be a combination of having a reception on Saturday and the actual wedding on Sunday or vice versa. They may even have other activities throughout the weekend for their guests to participate in. But is this crazy trend worth it? We have the pros and cons you’ll want to consider before saying I do to a weekend wedding.
1. Perfect For Big Families
I had a friend who decided to have a weekend wedding because her family is from different parts of the country and couldn’t travel that far to only stay for one day. For her, it was the perfect opportunity to spend more intentional time with her friends and family
2. More Face-Time
If you’re someone who enjoys the limelight, why not extend your special day for two? This is your big time to celebrate, so make sure you maximize it.
3. Helpful For Those Traveling
If you have family or friends who live very far away, it might be beneficial to have a two-day affair. That way, they can choose what day they would want to attend, and not have to worry about missing all of your nuptials.
4. You Can Invite More People
If you have a tighter guest list for the wedding day, it can be great to have a separate reception where you could include some of your closest friends who couldn’t get an invite to the big day. That way, people can celebrate with you a little bit, even if they can’t witness the ceremony.
Obviously, the first thing that should come to your mind when thinking about having a weekend wedding would be to ask yourself if you can realistically afford it. Renting a venue for one day can break the bank, but two days can give you a heart attack. And it’s not just the cost of booking a venue for two days that you have to consider. You will most likely want to purchase two dresses, one for the reception and one for the ceremony. You will need to ensure that you have enough food to feed people for both days. And, you’ll also want to make sure that you purchase or make enough decorations for both days. The list can go on and on, so if you are trying to have a weekend wedding, make sure that your budget can take the hit.
Though I have never been a bride myself, I can only imagine how exhausted you would be after being the center of attention at a wedding all day. Not to mention all the stress and anticipation you were feeling throughout the day to make sure that everything went according to plan. All you’re going to want to do is jet off on your honeymoon with your new husband and not be around any other people. So, if you or your husband-to-be are not very extroverted people, then a two-day wedding might not be the best idea.
3. Is It Asking Too Much?
Because weekend weddings are just starting to become more popular, some people might not be aware of how they should act at your two-day affair. When should they bring a gift? Do they have to bring a gift both days? What is their role in the two ceremonies? When are they going to eat? You want to make sure that your guests can understand what is being asked of them for this weekend wedding. Also, many guests who are traveling might not want or have the money to spend on two nights in a hotel, which causes them to pick and choose between the ceremony and the reception.
4. Bad Weather
If you have an outdoor wedding or reception, this is just doubling your chances that the weather could be less than favorable. It can be hard enough to think of a backup plan if your outdoor ceremony gets rained out, but what if the whole weekend is not weather friendly? Now you have a serious dilemma on your hands.
As you can see, there are plenty of pros and cons to having a weekend wedding. The most important part of anyone’s wedding( one day or two), is that you have the time of your life. Had a weekend wedding before? Comment your thoughts about it below!