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We all know weddings can be expensive, but one-way couples are cutting cost is by moving their ceremonies to Thursday.

Couples have been known to save least 20% on photography and around 40% on flowers by moving their wedding date.

Booking a venue for a Thursday is 17% cheaper on average than hosting a Saturday night affair, according to Tina Hoang-To, CEO and co-founder of Wedding Spot, a wedding venue marketplace.

The traditional weekend wedding is accommodating for guests to attend, but it’s not accommodating on your pockets.

According to The Knot, nearly 6% of couples got married on Thursday last year compared to 4.3% in 2014.

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Moving weddings to Thursdays now allows couples to keep some of their wedding wish-list intact without having to cut out things that they want.

Saturdays are still the most popular day to get married followed by Friday and Sunday, but depending on the city Thursdays are attracting more couples.

New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles are seeing a bump in couples get hitched on Thursdays and that’s due to the expenses involved with hosting a wedding in those cities. In Manhattan alone, the average wedding costs more than $82,000.

Not only can you cut costs, but the planning may be less stressful due to the availability of venues, catering and other vendors on your dream list.

Thursdays just might the next best thing!

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What is the best day of the week to get married

Below is a guide to the pros and cons of getting married on each day of the week so you can make the right choice for you.

do you have to get married on a Saturday?

You do not have to get married on a Saturday, but this is still widely favoured as it eases planning for both couple and guests.
On a Saturday, your wedding guests will have fewer time-constraints and will not need to rush off. Your wedding ceremony can start earlier and the reception run later into the night without guests having to leave.

If you are considering opting against this traditional wedding day, it is worth thoroughly comparing your options before making a decision. The below sections give an overview of the other days of the week to help guide your choice.

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Sunday wedding pros and cons

Sunday weddings are becoming more popular as venues can be cheaper than a Saturday and will often have more late availability.
Past the monetary savings, a Sunday wedding also benefit from being on the weekend, and this means your guests will be more likely to be free and able to attend. If opting for a Sunday wedding, it is recommended to get married earlier in the day to maximise time with your guests.

marrying on a Monday pros and cons

The choice of a Monday wedding is still a variety except for Bank Holidays for a good reason as it can cause significant inconvenience for guests.
For the marrying couple, a Monday wedding can be an absolute bargain day and is perfect for those wanting to get married in a short time frame. Even popular venues will often have Monday availability throughout peak season, and the difference in costs can enable those on a budget to have their dream day still.

Marrying on a Monday will mean that the majority of your wedding guests will need to take time off work which will detract from their holiday allowance. If a Monday is a must due to budget, timescales it is worth adding more finishing touches for your guests to make them feel worth it.

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Midweek wedding pros and cons

Midweek weddings are generally considered to be good for the bridal couple, but more difficult for their guests. You will be able to make significant savings or have more of a lavish day for the same price as a basic wedding package on the weekend.

Having a midweek wedding is also a good plan if you would prefer an intimate ceremony and more guests for the evening only. However, a midweek wedding will require that your ceremony guests will need to book time off work and reschedule any childcare commitments.

If opting for a mid-week wedding, it is worth pushing back your ceremony start time so that your guests can take a half-day off work. Choosing a venue close to where you live can also enable guests to make it a day trip rather than an overnight stay.

pros and cons of a Thursday wedding

A Thursday wedding is guaranteed to give savings on the venue and suppliers as it is often the same rate as mid-week. Availability at venues is usually much more significant, and the best suppliers will often be able to pencil you in, even on short notice.
Thursdays are also often perceived to be the day to be the start of winding down for the weekend and as such guests are less likely to be put off by your choice.

If opting a Thursday wedding, it is wise to start your wedding ceremony later n the day so that guests can take a half-day only. Where possible, also try to plan a brunch on Friday morning as an extra touch to thank guests. As with other weekday, weddings do expect wedding guest declines and natural attrition of guests who need to work on that Friday.

Friday weddings pros and cons

Friday is the last day of the working week, and most people are starting to wind down. If you want to pick a weekday wedding, this option allows guests to have their typical weekend with the bonus of your lovely wedding to kick-start it all off with.
This option also means that guests will not be dashing off or clock watching. Everyone will have that Friday feeling. If needed, you can also limit day guests without seeming cheap and invite more evening wedding guests.

If Opting for a Friday wedding, it is worth pushing back your running order so guests can potentially take a half-day off work and then have a long weekend. It is also recommended to check that your venue will have parking and room for extra luggage for guests coming straight from work.

should I have a Friday or Sunday wedding?

For those who cannot afford or book a Saturday wedding or who want a slightly different day, a Friday or Sunday can be a great alternative.

A Friday afternoon/evening wedding makes it easier to be selective about who you invite, invite adults-only and ensure that the wedding reception will have a party atmosphere. However, a Sunday wedding is a better option if you want a family-friendly wedding with more of a daytime/daylight celebration.

In terms of savings, venues will be marginally cheaper on a Friday as it is classed as a weekday and will also have more availability. Some suppliers also choose to take a Sunday/Monday weekend as these tend to be the quietest wedding days so Friday can ensure more choice.

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are weddings on holiday weekends a good option?

Bank holidays are a smart way to beat seasonal price increases. Do look at the bank holiday dates for your wedding year and consider the Sunday prices as a viable alternative to the traditional Saturday.

booking a wedding around foreign bank holidays for travelling guests

If you have a lot of guests visiting from abroad, it is wise to plan around foreign bank holidays. By booking on a bank holiday in their country, these guests can take a long weekend without using more annual leave.

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which day of the week is best to get married on

It is essential to decide what your priorities are, and this will guide your “day of the week” decision. Below are recommended options depending on your priority wants, and needs:

Best day to get married if a specific venue is a must: Let availability and budget guide your choice, and use this rationale to explain your decision to guests.

Best day to get married if a low-cost wedding is a must: If your budget is small, it is wise to look at a Thursday wedding. Weddings on Thursdays offer the most significant discounts while still accommodating your guests. Fridays and Sundays are also marginally cheaper if you can be more flexible on your venue and supplier choices.

Best day to get married to accommodate guests: If you want a wedding day that is easy to plan and ensures that most of your wedding guests can attend then a Saturday or Sunday wedding are the best choices.

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Ask people their favorite day of the week and 9 times out of 10 the response you’ll get is Saturday. As a kid, Saturdays were a day off from school and the morning to watch the best cartoons. As an adult, Saturdays are a day off work and the time to go out shopping and to lunch with friends.

In the wedding industry, Saturdays are still the favorite. They’re the most popular day to get married. But, more couples are considering a Sunday or Friday wedding—some even a weekday wedding.

There are pros and cons to getting married on a day besides Saturday. So as you’re deciding which day of the week is the right day for you to get married, keep the following wedding pros and cons in mind.

Pros

Book the vendors you want.
Since Saturday is the most popular day to get married, wedding venues and other vendors are often booked months, sometimes even a year, in advance. You have a greater chance of getting the venue, photographer, florist and other wedding vendors you want if you choose a day other than Saturday to say, “I do.”

Get discounts with vendors.
Along with vendors being more easily available, off-day weddings save you money with vendors. It’s simple—Saturdays are their busiest day and vendors know there’s a line of couples waiting to use their services so they can up their prices. Vendors aren’t as busy, they may not even be busy at all, during the week so you’re more likely to negotiate a lower price for that perfect venue or photographer you want.

Save money on airfare.
Another way you and those traveling to your wedding save money with a non-Saturday wedding is cheaper airfare. Weekday travel is less expensive than weekend travel, so your out-of-town guests can take advantage of the lower airfare costs, while you can too with your honeymoon flights.

Cons

Inconvenient for guests.
Weekday weddings are troublesome for your out-of-town and working guests. You can’t expect every person on your guest list to get off work for the day of your wedding or the day before. A weekday wedding means some of your guests just won’t be able to attend. Many couples want their wedding to be on the anniversary of the day they met or had their first date, which might be a Monday-Thursday weekday, but oftentimes they ultimately opt for a different date that falls on the weekend because having their friends and family there to celebrate is more important than a specific date.

Have to host evening festivities.
Another con is you can’t have that brunch between services or the afternoon outdoor fall wedding you’ve been hoping for. With working guests and rush hour traffic, your guests most likely won’t be able to attend your wedding or reception unless they’re after 6:00 p.m.

People will call your decision odd.
Some of your guests will call your choice for a Tuesday or Wednesday wedding odd. They’ll say weddings and accompanying events are supposed to be on a Saturday so everyone can more easily attend each event since they have weekends off. They’ll tell you to your face or tell your mother who will tell you, so just be prepared for these comments and know how you’re going to approach the situation and change their traditional thinking.

Whichever day you do end up choosing, remember that it’s your special day so you make the final decision of which day you’ll get married, and everyone else will have to accept it.

Deciding your wedding date is just one of the many decisions you’ll be making on the days leading up to your wedding. Use our 12 week wedding planning checklist to help ensure you don’t forget to make any important decisions.

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Of course, one of the primary reasons people get married on weekdays is to cut down on the cost of the event—which in many cases has been skyrocketing in recent years. As Maxwell Cooper points out, Saturday weddings are generally longer events than weddings that take place Monday through Thursday, since festivities often have to be curtailed in time for guests (and perhaps even the new spouses) to get to sleep and make it to work or school the next morning. Wedding-adjacent services that charge by the hour will naturally be cheaper if the event is shorter. Plus, wedding venues and vendors—photographers, DJs, caterers, florists, stylists—often charge less for their services on nonpeak wedding days. Cline, a florist, knew from experience as a wedding vendor herself that a Tuesday wedding would be cheaper than a weekend wedding. For many vendors, weekday work functions sort of like “bonus” work—extra money that can be made at off-peak times. (Sometimes, however, couples expect vendor services to be cheaper on weekdays only to find that the prices are the same. Nisi points out that since vendors’ primary workdays are weekends, they might have otherwise taken the day off.)

There are drawbacks to getting married on a weekday, to be sure. As Howard notes, despite the increasing commonality of weekday weddings, many guests who receive an invitation to one are bewildered, or even annoyed. “Wouldn’t weekday weddings create a hardship for wedding guests who would have to either get time off work or stay up late to attend?” she wrote. “I suppose many people don’t work , but still … the marrying couple would have to expect smaller guest lists.” Indeed, smaller guest lists are a known hazard of weddings during the week; just about every guide to planning one warns potential weekday brides and grooms to expect fewer guests to be able to make it.

On the flip side, this can be a delight for some engaged couples, in that it narrows the guest list to just the people who are close enough to the marrying couple that they’re willing to take off from work or travel during the week. When some of Emily Cline’s wedding invitees declined because they couldn’t take a day off from work, “it was kind of nice to filter out some people,” she says with a laugh. “ Oh, bummer.”

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The rise of the weekday wedding, however, is just part of a larger trend that Maxwell Cooper has observed over the past five years or so: the abandonment of the traditional wedding format in favor of a celebration tailored to what the marrying couple finds meaningful or special. This might come through in couples’ choices of reception food (“Perhaps it’s just, you know, ‘Our first date was at this amazing Chinese restaurant, so for our main course, we’re actually going to serve Chinese,’ or ‘We go to Mexico every year, so we’re going to have a taco truck,’” Maxwell Cooper says) or in a nontraditional choice of wedding day. “In the past five or 10 years, we’ve seen couples really move toward this idea of doing something that represents ,” she says. “Like, ‘My friends and I love getting together on Thursday nights, so we’re going to throw our wedding on a Thursday night, because that feels like us.’”

The 10 most popular wedding dates of 2019

  • Zola found the most popular dates for weddings this year.
  • June, September, and October are all popular.
  • But what month you get married in really depends on what you want.
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If you’re going to a wedding in 2019, chances are good that it’s happening in either June, September, or October. According to data from a recent Zola survey, which looked at data from Zola users who are getting married in 2019, these are the three months that include the 10 most popular wedding dates of the year.

This is especially important to think about if you’re planning your own big day, whether it’s in 2019 or 2020, as the trend will likely stick around. Pricing options will change for venues and vendors depending on the peak times of the year, so popularity is something to take into consideration when planning a wedding.

Apparently, a lot of people are looking for weather that isn’t too hold or too cold

Zola says that the most popular wedding date of 2019 is Saturday, October 12.

INSIDER spoke about this trend to Zola’s Director of Brand Jennifer Spector, who said, “It’s no surprise that fall is so popular, because the temperature is mild, the photographs are Pinterest-perfect, and it avoids the summer travel season for guests.”

Every popular date fell on a Saturday, which also isn’t shocking. Saturday weddings might be more expensive, but they’re also a weekend, meaning no one has to take off work and most guests can sleep in the next day.

The 10 most popular wedding dates for the year are as follows:

  1. Saturday, October 12
  2. Saturday, October 5
  3. Saturday, September 7
  4. Saturday, October 19
  5. Saturday, September 21
  6. Saturday, September 28
  7. Saturday, September 14
  8. Saturday, June 1
  9. Saturday, June 22
  10. Saturday, October 26

Saturday is clearly a popular day.

The Zola survey also found that there will be two times the amount of Thursday weddings in 2019 than there were in 2018

Saturdays might be the most popular day for a wedding, but Thursday night events are quickly becoming more common. Spector explained why this might be happening, saying, “Most venues offer weekday discounts, and vendors like photographers and florists are often more willing to negotiate. The cost savings alone can make a Thursday wedding very appealing.”

On top of that, Thursday weddings mean you’re probably more likely to get what you want, especially if you’re getting married during a peak month like September or October. They aren’t quite popular enough to mean that everything will be booked. Spector said, “The most in-demand wedding venues can book up over a year in advance, so a Thursday wedding is one way for a couple to book their dream venue sooner.”

Many couples find that the only problem with Thursday weddings is that they seem to be inconvenient for guests who have to go to work the next day or even take off that day

If you’re considering a Thursday wedding, Spector said it’s really no big deal, noting, “It’s only an inconvenience if guests aren’t given plenty of notice, so send out those save the dates!”

But if you plan on getting married on a Thursday, just know that some people won’t be able to make it. Spector added, “Couples have to be understanding if friends and family members decline because they can’t take an extra day off work.” It’s definitely something to keep in mind.

Zola also found that Friday weddings are now a more popular option than Sunday weddings

Friday night weddings are coming in second to Saturday weddings when it comes to booking popularity. They’re less expensive than Saturday nights, but a little more convenient than Thursdays. And although they technically happen on a weekday, they can be more convenient than Sundays, since most people have off the next day. Spector said, “Most guests already take off Friday to travel to the wedding, so now they are free to party all weekend long!” The ideal day for your wedding is whatever you want it to be.

But picking your perfect wedding date is about more than just what’s trending

Settling on the right date for your big night is the most important first step in planning your wedding, so it can feel intimidating. Spector has advice for couples who are unsure of which direction to go in. She says, “Determine your theme or vibe before you choose a venue and date. I knew I wanted a black tie dress code and a glamorous feel, which is why we picked New Year’s Eve as our date. Usually, more formal weddings are in the colder months, stilettos and sand don’t mix.”

If you’re looking to save money, you might actually want to avoid June, September, and October

Venues and vendors will often jack up the prices of basically everything when they know your event is taking place during peak wedding season. So, if you’re looking to save, pick a different time of the year or day of the week. Spector says, “Be flexible with your date. You’ll have more negotiation room if you consider a Friday or Sunday celebration.”

Spector also recommends going over your entire budget before making any decisions. She advises asking yourself questions like, “Is catering or photography or cake more important? For me, flowers were not a high priority, so we cut costs by decorating with greenery and candles. It was very romantic and affordable!”

And remember, there is really no ‘best’ time of the year to get married because it depends on what you want

June, September, and October may be very popular, but that doesn’t mean any other month can’t equal a fantastic wedding. Spector says, “There’s really no ‘best’ season to get married. Beautiful weddings happen all year long.”

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Knot and WeddingWire, two leading brands in the global wedding planning industry, today reveal that nearly 34,000 US couples will get married on October 19, 2019, the most popular wedding day of the year.

A Comprehensive Snapshot of October 19 Weddings

On this day, more than 474,000 wedding professionals—including florists, caterers, photographers, musicians and more—will work to bring couples’ wedding visions to life. With to-be-weds looking to infuse their personalities, interests and passions into their wedding day, this is no small feat. Wedding pros will help 8,129 couples serve a tasty late-night snack and 7,452 couples incorporate local décor or cuisine elements from where they met or grew up. Additionally, as couples put their own twists on traditions, 11,517 wedding parties will be mixed gender; 14,905 couples will write and recite their own vows; and 5,759 will incorporate cultural or religious traditions into their wedding ceremonies.

“As fall weddings continue to grow in popularity, we’re seeing more and more couples opt for those September and October wedding dates,” said Jeffra Trumpower, Senior Creative Director at WeddingWire. “It’s no surprise to us that 2019’s most popular wedding day of the year falls in mid-October. On October 19, we expect to see couples incorporating bold, vibrant and festive colors into their décor coupled with hearty comfort food dishes; seasonal cocktails like spiked warm apple cider; and lots of texture like pampas grass, greenery and velvet.”

2019 WeddingWire Guest Study

In advance of the most popular wedding day of the year, WeddingWire conducted the 2019 WeddingWire Guest Study to gain perspective on the wedding guest experience—from travel, accommodations and RSVPs, to expenses, gifting and favorite moments from the big day. The study found that when it comes to the wedding reception, guests pay most attention to food (77%), followed by music (55%) and the venue/setting (51%). As guests are preparing for upcoming weddings, their top challenges include finding something to wear (44%), keeping costs reasonable (27%), and choosing a gift for the to-be-weds (24%).

On Saturday, October 19, 4.3 million guests will attend a wedding, with 1.7 million of those guests traveling out of town to do so. On average, each wedding guest spends $430 attending a wedding, including a wedding gift for the to-be-weds. However, this price fluctuates significantly depending on whether travel is involved. For those staying local, the average cost comes down to $180, whereas guests who fly out of town are looking at an average of $1,440 due to air travel and accommodations like hotels or property rentals.

Additional highlights from the WeddingWire 2019 Guest Study include:

  • Roughly half of guests purchased a new outfit for the most recent wedding they attended and spent, on average, $155.
  • Half of guests say it’s most convenient to RSVP online (53%). Mailing in a card is preferred by three-in-ten guests (29%), while 19% do not have a preference.
  • Only 6% admit to RSVPing late or not at all—a lower than expected percentage as couples cite getting guests to RSVP as a top challenge for them, according to WeddingWire communications research*.
  • When deciding whether or not to attend a wedding, top considerations for traveling guests include travel/flight options and costs for those flying (53%), and the venue location for those driving (39%).

October 19 Wedding Registries According to The Knot Registry Data

Couples have entertaining on the mind, with the top three most popular items seen on registries synced to The Knot Registry being the Crate and Barrel Tour red wine glasses, Crate and Barrel Tour white wine glasses and B. Smith® multipurpose server with coordinating tray.

“We love seeing what our couples are hoping to receive as gifts from their guests in order to start this next chapter of their lives together,” said Kristen Maxwell Cooper, Editor in Chief of The Knot. “The Knot Registry allows couples to include anything and everything on their registry, from kitchenware and other household items offered by our retail partners to cash funds for experiences, family planning for adoption, or big-ticket items like home renovations or a car.”

The average registry cost for couples getting married on October 19 is $3,210, with the top three most expensive gifts as follows:

  • iRobot® Roomba® i7+ Wi-Fi® connected robot vacuum with auto dirt disposal ($999.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond)
  • Outdoor Interiors 5-piece sling and eucalyptus patio dining set ($999.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond)
  • Samsung 65” smart UHD TV in black ($997.99 from Amazon)

While tangible gifts may take the lead for most couples getting hitched on October 19, these couples also had 7,769 unique cash funds on The Knot Registry, which can be used for anything from honeymoon experiences to gym memberships, puppy adoption or home renovation funds. To date, October 19 couples have received $692,038 via their cash funds.

Each year, millions of couples turn to The Knot and WeddingWire to help plan their weddings. The brands offer planning and budgeting tools; content to spark inspiration; an all-in-one wedding gifting platform via The Knot Registry; and hundreds of thousands of local vendors with millions of consumer reviews to help couples make educated decisions when it comes to planning one of the most memorable days of their lives.

Methodology

Using a mix of behavioral and survey data, The Knot and WeddingWire partnered to analyze couples registered on their sites who are getting married in 2019—including their wedding registries and guest insights—to provide a comprehensive view of the most popular wedding day of 2019. Findings were derived using the WeddingWire 2019 Guest Study, a national survey among roughly 1,000 US adults age 22-54 who have attended at least one wedding in the past year; on-site registration data; and insights gathered from couples with registries on The Knot married on October 19, 2019.

*WeddingWire Communications Research, 2018. N=790.

About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading multiplatform wedding resource offering a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding planning website TheKnot.com and #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. Visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

About WeddingWire

WeddingWire, Inc. is a trusted global online marketplace, connecting consumers with local wedding professionals and a suite of comprehensive tools that make wedding planning easier. Operating within a $250 billion industry, WeddingWire helps 16 million users every month find the right team of wedding professionals to personalize and pull off their special day. Consumers around the world are able to read more than 5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a directory of over 500,000 vendors local to them. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio serves couples and wedding professionals across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Washington, DC with international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain. Visit WeddingWire online at WeddingWire.com and follow on social media at Facebook.com/WeddingWire and @WeddingWire on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

From Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, 2018 seemed like the year to get hitched. But don’t count 2019 out yet; with the new year fast approaching, now’s the time for soon-to-be newlyweds to consult the calendar and nail down a date (before the royals start snatching them up.) We’ve rounded up the best and the worst dates for your wedding based on holidays, travel considerations, and even good luck charms so you can start your wedding planning off on the right foot.

Best: Novelty Dates in 2019

The best way to make sure you’re wedding date looks great on the invitation? A novelty date–let a scientific pattern ensure your date is the most aesthetically pleasing option. Here are a few options for 2019…..

Repeat Days

Days with numbers that repeat themselves are a sure way to make your date stand out. Bonus points if its on a month or day that corresponds with 2019!

Palindrome Day

A palindrome is a word or number that reads the same either backwards or forwards. There are tons of examples of palindrome words–mom, level, kayak–but each calendar year only has one palindrome date. For 2019 that would be September 10, 2019 (9/10/2019)…and if you still can’t see it (9102019).

Best: Days of the Week

Saturdays
Saturdays are the most popular day for weddings, mostly because it allows guests time to gather for the big day and requires them to take fewer (if any) days off from work to attend.

Tuesdays
Tuesdays are an especially auspicious day for a Jewish wedding. In some Jewish teachings, Tuesday is considered a lucky day because the book of Genesis mentions “and God saw that it was good” twice while referring to Tuesdays.

Wednesdays
Irish tradition holds that Wednesdays are an ideal day for your wedding due to a poem that says that when it comes to weddings, “Wednesday the best day of all.”

Thursdays
Getting married on a weekday can save a couple a lot of money by avoiding peak prices. So much so that in big cities where weddings are typically more expensive there has been a rise in couples who get married on Thursdays in recent years.

Best: Seasonal Dates

There really is no wrong time to affirm your love for your partner, but when choosing a month you should consider the season. June, September and October are considered the months with the best weather to get married, due to their milder weather. Your wedding’s season will shape its atmosphere, from the wardrobe to the venue. Think: being dressed fur in a snow covered landscape in December vs walking barefoot along the sand in August.

Best: Luckiest Dates

Why not start your marriage off on the best foot possible? Here are a few dates that give you and your partner a dose of good luck on your special day.

June
Roman mythology says that June is the best time to get married because it is the month of Juno, the roman goddess of marriage.

New Years Eve
The Irish have long believed that New Years Eve was the luckiest day to get married because you would start the New Year off newly wedded.

The 18th of any month
The Hebrew word for life numerically translated to 18. The word carries significant symbolism, making it lucky to be married on the 18th of any month.

July 7th, 2019
Seven has long been recognized as a lucky number. In Judaism there are seven heavens, in the Bible’s story of creation God rested on the seventh day, and in Chinese culture it represents togetherness–making seven the most commonly agreed upon lucky number. When you get married on July 7th, you’re set for double the luck.

Best: Personal Dates

Choosing to make your wedding date something personal is a great way to make the day more special. Anything from the day you first met to your first kiss, or the first time you said “I love you” will make your date, and future anniversary, all the more meaningful (not to mention romantic.)

Worst: Unlucky Days

Best to err on the side of caution and skip these supposedly jinxed dates for your wedding. Lucky for you 2019 isn’t a leap year, which are considered by some to be very bad luck to get married on.

Ides of March
Friday March 15, 2019

Friday the 13th
September 13, 2019
December 13, 2019

Worst: Holidays and Days of Remembrance

In theory a holiday wedding sounds good: Everyone has the weekend off, people can fly in for the big day, and you have an extra day to recover from the festivities–but hidden cons include higher travel costs, the prospect of conflicting obligations for guests, and a different celebration overshadowing your big day.

When it comes to holidays you don’t need to fully steer clear (holiday weddings can be magical, if done well) but it’s good to consider all of the angles. Here’s a full list to keep in mind while you set the date….

Martin Luther King Weekend
January 19-21, 2019
President’s Day Weekend
February 16-18, 2019
Mother’s Day Weekend
May 11-12, 2019
Memorial Day Weekend
May 25-27, 2019
Father’s Day Weekend
June 15-16, 2019
Independence Day
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Labor Day Weekend
August 31- September 2, 2019
Patriot Day Wednesday
September 11, 2019
Columbus Day Weekend
October 12-14, 2019
Halloween
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Veteran’s Day
Monday, November 11, 2019
Thanksgiving
Thursday,November 28, 2019
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019
New Years Eve
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Worst: Religious or Cultural Holidays

It’s important when picking your date to think about and avoid the religious holidays that your guests observe that might prevent them from attending. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for holidays that might prevent you from nabbing your favorite venue if you plan to have a religious component to your wedding.

Tisha B’Av
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Easter Sunday
Sunday,April 21, 2019
Passover
Friday, April 19, 2019
Palm Sunday
Sunday,April 14, 2019
Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 29, 2019 until nightfall on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Yom Kippur
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Hanukkah
Sunday, December 22, 2019 until nightfall on Monday, December 30, 2019
Christmas
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Kwanza
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 until Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Ramadan
Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Eid al-Fitr (varies based on lunar calendar)
Tuesday, June 4 until Friday, June 7, 2019
Eid al-Adha (varies based on each family’s observation)
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Ram Navami
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Krishna Janmashtami
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Worst: Dates with Personal or Family Importance

Another pitfall to keep in mind when planning is dates that might not appear on the standard calendar but are nonetheless important to your family or friends. Your maid of honor might not think it’s so sweet to give up her birthday celebration for your wedding, just as your aunt and uncle may not appreciate having to share their anniversary (though you can always check with them first.) Likewise, days of remembrance, like the birthday of a lost loved one, can make the festivities decidedly less festive, so think ahead before you book your vendors.

6 Reasons to Consider a Sunday Wedding

As the second half of 2014 begins, available dates in 2015 are starting to dwindle. As most of our Fridays and Saturdays have been reserved, couples hoping to have their wedding at BMH are realizing that Sundays are their only option. As a recent bride whose wedding was on a Sunday, I find it interesting that many brides and grooms don’t even consider the option of a Sunday wedding. While I understand couples may have some reservations, I think it’s important to point out the many benefits that, in my humble opinion, balance out some of the negatives. We and our guests had an incredible time on our wedding day, and thinking about that has gotten me inspired to share some of the perks of hosting a Sunday wedding.

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Availability: If you fall in love with a venue, but the only available dates are on Sundays, is that really a reason to forego the venue of your dreams? We’ve had girls that come in dead-set on an early spring wedding, only to end up choosing a Sunday in November, based on availability and their decision to hold it at our venue regardless of date. If your desired date isn’t based on sentimental reasons, it’s best to be flexible. Fridays and Saturdays book up about 12-18 months out, leaving Sundays available and subject to my next point.

Discounts: BMH and in many cases, other wedding vendors, discount Sunday wedding dates, meaning you could save thousands! When considering a Sunday, ask vendors if they offer any discounts for that day of the week. If so, take the amount of money saved into account. While Sundays are not the most traditional wedding day of the week, if you’re on a budget, it might be worth it.

More Time with Out-of-Town Guests: This was a big one for my husband and me when we decided on a Sunday. For a typical Saturday wedding, your out-of-town guests will arrive late Friday evening. You’ll see them at the wedding and spend a short time with them before jetting off for your honeymoon. When hosting a Sunday wedding, you have the majority of the weekend with your guests before spending Sunday prepping for the wedding and getting hitched! All four of our groomsmen and one of our bridesmaids were from out of state. They arrived Friday night and we spent the entire weekend with them before getting married and setting off on our honeymoon. For friends that we hadn’t seen in nearly a year, that time together was so worth it!

You Can End Early: Just because you have your wedding on a Sunday doesn’t mean you have to end early (I ended at 10pm). But I went to a Sunday wedding recently where the bride and groom could not wait to leave. It wasn’t that they weren’t having fun at their own wedding, they were enjoying every minute, but they were ready to start their honeymoon and married life. Some brides think they’ll never want the wedding to end, but the vast majority will at some point realize they’re ready to go and finally have some alone time with their husband after spending an entire day surrounded by guests. By having a Sunday wedding, you can easily end earlier – whether it’s having a brunch wedding that ends at 5pm or even an evening wedding over by 10pm, which isn’t really that early. Ending a little earlier than Fridays and Saturdays allows those guests that want to get home early without leaving the wedding early, to do so! Also, if you have guests that aren’t ready to head home, it also allows them to head to my next point.

More Time for an After Party: For most Friday and Saturday weddings, after parties don’t even begin until midnight or later. Some hotels close their bars by that time. Sunday weddings will have some guests that want to go home, but the other guests – those that are staying in town overnight or those that are a little younger – can go to an after party at the hotel and still be in bed before 2am.

Travel for your Guests: We frequently hear, “We really need a Saturday because we have a lot of guests traveling.” I understand, but thing is, most guests that will be traveling for your wedding will have to take off at least one day of work. It’s unfortunate, but the truth – even if having your wedding on a Saturday (or especially a Friday!). They’ll usually fly/drive out on Friday and leave to go back home on Sunday. By having a Sunday wedding, they’ll still be taking off only one day, they’ll just be switching – instead of Friday, they’ll take off Monday. When planning my wedding and discussing with our friends, many said that for them to take off Friday would be a nightmare; but taking off a Monday would be a breeze (and considering that most people hate Mondays, they might even enjoy having that day off!).

I have no regrets about having my wedding on a Sunday. The reasons above won’t work for everyone, but for me, choosing a Sunday gave me everything I needed. My friends still had a few drinks and had a blast and I didn’t have a single friend that was unable to come because it was on a Sunday. Regardless of the season you choose – fall or spring, winter or summer – or the day of the week – Friday, Saturday, or Sunday – it won’t work for everyone. There will be some guests that are unable to attend. I tell each bride and groom the same thing – if your guests want to come, they’ll find a way to make it work. As you decide on your wedding date, consider the options above and make a decision with your groom that works for you, because ultimately, the day is about you as a couple and pledging your love and commitment to each other. Let the start of a new week be the start of married life for you and your new spouse. 🙂

If you would more information on having your wedding or event at Brandywine Manor House, call or email us today at [email protected] or 610.942.2200.

The Etiquette of Throwing a Sunday Wedding

A Sunday wedding has a very different personality than a wedding on a Friday or Saturday night. While all three can be a lot of fun, a Sunday wedding has more of a low-key vibe, while a Friday or Saturday affair is all about the party. That’s probably because most guests will have the next day off to relax and recuperate. Though a Friday or Saturday may be preferred by guests, sometimes the advantages of a Sunday wedding are too good to pass up: discounted rates, lower minimum head count, availability of your favorite venues and vendors. If you’re marrying on a Sunday, here are some tips for making your day a good time for loved ones.

TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY

Get married earlier in the day.

A noon wedding means that guests will have enough time to get home after the party’s over. They won’t have to stay over and take off from work on Monday, either. (Even among your closest peeps, there’ll be a reluctance to use a vacation day to attend a wedding.)

Don’t be put off by a lower guest count.

If your wedding is on a Sunday night, some faraway guests may decline your invitation. As much as they’d like to attend, work commitments or a lack of vacation days may keep them away. And some local guests may leave as soon as dinner is over in anticipation of getting up early the next day for work.

Keep church services in mind.

Sunday morning is a busy day for religious services. Most Sunday afternoon weddings won’t interfere with them, but it might be an inconvenience to some guests if you’re considering a late-morning ceremony followed by brunch.

Top 3 Etiquette Tips for Planning a Sunday Wedding

Learn what you need to do differently if you marry on a Sunday.

Saturday may be the most common day of the week to get married, but it’s not always the best choice for some couples. For example, traditional Jewish ceremonies cannot be held on the Sabbath, which is from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. Thus a classic summer wedding would have to be held either late in the evening on Saturday, or on Sunday at any time of day. For couples of different faiths, Sunday may be selected to reserve a venue that is otherwise booked up. Those whose engagement periods are under a year may find that there are not many places with Saturdays available, and instead opt for a different day rather than waiting longer to get married.

As a day most people have off of work, Sunday is considered a reasonable alternative to a standard Saturday celebration. However, it’s important to know that there are different considerations to keep in mind for a Sunday wedding – particularly if it’s not the Sunday during a three-day weekend. While these are not official etiquette guidelines, your guests will appreciate what you have done to assuage any potential inconvenience, making it easier to attend your special day.

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1. Consider hosting your nuptials earlier in the day, perhaps even opting for a brunch reception. This will give guests the ability to get home in time for a good night’s sleep to prepare for work the next day without feeling like they have to miss out on the festivities.

2. Skip the morning-after brunch, and instead consider a welcome party on the day before the ceremony. This can either be an elaborate rehearsal dinner including all those who are able to attend, or a fun cocktail hour or toasting event that takes place after the more traditional rehearsal dinner.

3. If you have many religious guests, you may want to choose the time carefully to ensure your ceremony will not interfere with church services, especially if your nuptials will not include a full mass. This may make hiring a religious officiant more difficult as well, as Sunday is naturally a busy day for them.

For more tips, discover what to do if there’s a conflict with your wedding date, how to handle loved ones breaking social media etiquette on your big day, and learn the proper etiquette for wedding guests. Thinking you might rather have a Friday wedding? .

Picking that perfect wedding date can be harder said than done. You have all these things to consider… weather, are you considering a date that is special for you and your loved one, weekday or weekend, palindrome, lucky numbers, or maybe you want a holiday. Well get out your calendar and mark down these popular wedding dates to consider for 2017.

Lucky-in-Love

2017 is predicted to be the year of the 7’s. Lucky number “7” appears in the year, and that means more couples will be choosing a date that includes the #7 to give it that 7-7-7 vibe.

Friday, 7/7/17 and Monday, 7/17/17 are the LUCKY wedding dates in 2017.

These “lucky” wedding dates may already be booked at your favorite wedding venue, or will be booked soon. If you are considering on having one of these wedding dates, you may want to put a deposit on a wedding venue today!

Palindrome Wedding Dates in 2017

If you aren’t familiar with palindrome dates, these are dates that are the same both forwards and backwards… which happen to be very popular wedding dates, because they are easy to remember.

Prime Weddings

For couples that are all about the numbers, consider a wedding date that has all PRIME numbers. They also all happen to be on Saturdays—which is a “prime” day of the week to say “I do”.

  • 3/11/17
  • 5/13/17
  • 7/29/2017
  • 11/11/2017

Fun and Nontraditional Holidays

Thinking about getting married on a holiday or holiday weekend? Well instead on Labor Day or Valentine’s Day… consider these sometimes forgotten “holidays”.

  • Patty’s Day- Friday: 3/17/17
  • April Fool’s Day- Saturday: 4/1/17

Insider Tip: For popular wedding dates, wedding chapels and venues may have a higher package that is required to book.

Whatever you do, make sure you have placed a deposit at your venue for your perfect wedding date before sending out the save-the-dates and invites.

If you are interested in having a Las Vegas wedding at world-famous Chapel of the Flowers, we still have some availability for these dates. Contact our planners today to reserve your wedding date!

The BEST Wedding Dates for 2016 and 2017

Just engaged? Congratulations! After popping the champagne and basking in engagement bliss, one of your first tasks as an engaged couple is to pick your wedding date.

Photo by Chelsey Boatwright on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly.

The date you choose can have some huge affects on the rest of your planning. For example, summer weddings are more costly than those during the winter “off season.” Your wedding date could also dictate which vendors you work with and your whole timeline.

While there are no limitations on dates you can or can’t choose, these are the ones that we bet will be popular (and the ones you might want to avoid).

Monday, February 29, 2016. Admittedly, not too many weddings happen on a Monday, but you might make an exception if you want a REALLY unique wedding date. A leap day wedding is hard to forget, and makes every fourth anniversary extra special.

Saturday, April 9, 2016. Quick math quiz: What do 4, 9 and 16 have in common? Answer: They’re all square numbers. If you enjoy a bit of numbers trivia, this square date would be tons of fun and easy to remember.

Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re imagining a weekend-long celebration of your wedding, make it over Memorial Day weekend! This year, Memorial Day is the 30th. Whether you make it official on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you (and your guests) will get Monday to recover.

Friday, May 13, 2016. Maybe you love the spooky aura around Friday the 13th — or maybe you want to steer clear of the bad luck. Either way, keep an eye on this date (and January 13 and October 13 of 2017).

June 10 or 11, 2016. Want your anniversary to be a palidrome? Palindrome week starts 6/10/16, which falls on a Friday. If a Saturday wedding is in your plans, don’t worry — 6/11/16 is a palindrome, too!

Labor Day Weekend. Labor Day is September 5, so you can use the long weekend to celebrate. Plus, who doesn’t love a September wedding?

Saturday, December 31, 2016. Yep, that’s right — New Year’s Eve will be a Saturday this year! How fun would it be to ring in 2017 with your new spouse and all your nearest and dearest? If you need a little convincing, we’ve got you covered.

Friday, March 17, 2017. Want to celebrate like the Irish do? St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, this year, so you could have a wedding complete with green decor, Irish music and plenty of Guinness to go around.

Saturday, April 1, 2017. If you love a good laugh and don’t mind a few harmless pranks, you’ll have tons of fun with an April Fool’s Day wedding. But if the thought of something going wrong freaks you out, maybe avoid this date.

Friday, May 12, 2017. Last math quiz (promise!): What’s the relationship between 5, 12, and 17? Answer: 5 + 12 = 17. This subtle numerical pattern is one that many of your guests won’t even notice, but you’ll always remember it. (The same goes for October 7, 2017, which is a Saturday.)

Memorial Day Weekend. Craving that long weekend wedding? Memorial Day in 2017 is on the 29th, so a wedding on the 26th, 27th, or 28th would all be great choices.

July 14 or 15, 2017. Remember the palindrome week we talked about in 2016? There’s one in 2017, also starting on the 10th of the month. Unfortunately the 10th is a Monday, but event the 14th and 15th are Friday and Saturday, and they’re still palindromes.

Labor Day Weekend. Relish in an extra day of post-nuptial relaxation heading back to the real world. This year’s Labor Day falls on September 4 — go for a wedding on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.

Don’t forget to take your own “holidays,” into consideration. You might not want to have your wedding on the same day as your maid of honor’s birthday or your college reunion.

Get more date inspiration on Loverly:

10 Things to Consider When Setting Your Wedding Date

The New Loverly App Is Here, Here’s How to Use It!

How to Brace Yourself for Unexpected Wedding Weather

The Top 5 Most Popular Wedding Months—and Why Couples Love ‘Em

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When considering dates for your big day (and factoring in the wedding dates to avoid), there are pros and cons to choosing a day in one of the most popular wedding months. On the bright side, most popular wedding months are in demand for a reason. These months are usually known for temperate weather, and they’re not during super-popular travel seasons so it may be easier for guests to book travel and accommodations. However, there is a downside to setting your date in one of these popular months. Demand for venues and vendors is likely high during these times of year, so unless you have a super-long engagement, you might find certain vendors to be booked up. Also, some venues and vendors charge more during the “peak season,” so you might find certain costs to be higher. (Psst! If you’re having a hard time nailing down n exact date, WeddingWire’s wedding date tool can be a big help.)

So which are the most popular wedding months? Here’s a list of the top five most in-demand months for weddings—and the least popular, in case you’re wondering.

#5 – August

Ten percent of couples marry in August, making it the fifth most popular wedding month. August is a popular time for vacations (particularly for students or those who work in education), so your guests might feel more inclined and able to escape the office to travel to your wedding locale during this time of year. While it’s one of the warmest months of the year, late August does mark the beginning of the peak of hurricane season on the East Coast, so there is some element of risk involved with hosting an August wedding in that area.

#4 – May

Springtime is an inherently romantic season, and couples certainly prefer May flowers to April showers! May is one of the most popular wedding months (11 percent of couples marry in May) for good reason—warmer weather and the feeling of rebirth and renewal that spring brings, which is so appropriate for a wedding. In fact, springtime was historically the most popular season for weddings, but now it’s actually in third place. May also kicks off what’s known as “peak wedding season,” which runs until October. In this season, wedding venues and vendors are most in-demand so you’ll face more competition for desired vendors if you’re hosting your big day during this time of year.

#3 – June

Summer brings a time of relaxation and vacation mode for many, so it’s not surprising that June is one of the most popular wedding months, with 12 percent of couples marrying in June. Summer is actually the second most-popular season for weddings (spoiler alert: fall gets the top spot), and 30 percent of couples marrying in the summertime. June temperatures tend to be a bit milder than steamy July and August, so it’s no wonder that couples choose this month for summer soirees. In fact, in 2015, June was the most popular month for weddings!

#2 – September

Here’s a fun wedding fact: Couples love fall weddings. Turns out that 38 percent of couples get married in the fall, and September is the second most popular wedding months, with 15 percent of couples marrying in that month. September provides that fall feeling, but offers the still-warm weather of summer in many parts of the country (though, like August, you’ll run the risk of hurricanes on the East Coast).

#1 – October

October has been the most popular wedding month for the past two years running (in 2017, 16 percent of weddings took place in October, and 15 percent in 2016). In fact, three of the most popular wedding dates in 2017 took place in October (the 7th, the 14th, and the 21st). Whether you’re hosting a fall-themed wedding or not, there’s so much to love about this time of year—the crisp air, the cozy vibe, the changing leaves (hello, amazing photo ops!), pumpkins, apples, and more! So raise a glass of cider to October, the most in-demand month for weddings!

And, in case you’re curious, the least popular wedding month is…January

Not surprisingly, January is at the bottom of the list when it comes to popular wedding months. In many parts of the country, outdoor weddings are just not an option in January due to the frigid temps and increased chance of snow, so couples tend to shy away from winter weddings in general. However, we think winter weddings do have their benefits. Some vendors offer discounts during the off-season, and your guests will appreciate having a fun event to attend during the often dreary, colder months.