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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

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There is no lack of unique ideas when it comes to all things wedding. From unique engagement stories to eclectic reception décor and everything in between! But what’s the ultimate unique wedding idea? Planning a festive midweek wedding! Because why not?! The idea may seem a bit inconvenient and definitely out of the ordinary, but there are actually a lot of perks to planning a midweek wedding.

So, what are the pros and cons to planning a midweek wedding? Let’s see.

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The Pros

None of your guests will miss the wedding because of another wedding.

Especially during the spring and summer wedding season Fridays and Saturdays are booked solid with brides making their walk down the aisle which means even more folks have rsvp’d and already have plans to attend another wedding. When your wedding is on a less popular day that means most of your guests will definitely show!

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Discounts and lower rates will almost always be offered through most of your wedding vendors.

A midweek wedding means extremely discounted rates for venues, caterers, photographers, and other various vendors. We all know that weddings can be extremely pricey so any break in rates is definitely a wedding win!

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There is much less pressure to throw an extravagant wedding and the alternative is amazing.

Yes, when guests receive their modern wedding invites they might initially think, Wednesday? But that aside, the pressure of throwing an extravagant wedding is much less as a midweek wedding screams laidback and casual. So, that gives you the opportunity to take advantage of that and throw a low-key down to earth wedding. That can mean less stress, less cost, and less to do. Leaving more room for celebration of love. Or you can surprise your guests with the most fancy wedding Wednesday they’ve ever seen!

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It will be a day you and your guests will never forget.

No matter what day you get married, you and your guests will always cherish those memories, but even more so with a midweek wedding that will forever stand out.

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The Cons

A smaller turnout is likely in store.

This may not be a con for every bride, but a midweek wedding will mean fewer guests. Out of town guests can almost immediately be counted out and anyone with an extra busy week might not be able to follow through with their intended rsvp. Fewer guests does mean less money and more time with each attendee. So, there’s even a silver lining in that.

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Prepare for a quick ceremony and an early night.

Between work, afterschool activities, and the craziness of everyday life, there will definitely be less time to fit everything in. Be sure to choose an appropriate time such as five or six in the evening and keep the ceremony short and sweet. When it comes to the reception go for a buffet-style dinner and more of an open house vibe.

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Is A Midweek Wedding For You?

Now that you’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided if a midweek wedding is for you. Here are some ideas to make your unique wedding festive and fun for everyone. From etiquette your guests will appreciate to fun invitation ideas that will get your guests super excited for your special day – even if it is a bit more special than usual.

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Your Wedding Day Timeline

It is so important to make sure each aspect of your wedding is taken care of and confirmed prior to the big day. Assign someone to follow up with all of the vendors the day prior to the wedding to remind them that their mid-week event is, in fact, a wedding. This will help ensure vendors take your day seriously by being on time, appear in properly dressed, and be ready to make things happen!

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Serve an Unforgettable Meal

 Your guests are going to be hungry! They’ve probably had a full day of work and rushed to the wedding so make sure your meal is something everyone will enjoy and a dinner that won’t leave guests hungry later in the night. Full bellies will make for a much happier reception. A buffet style with tons of options and a decked out dessert table will go over well.

 

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Offer a Signature Cocktail

Prior to the ceremony, offer a signature cocktail and a small appetizer for your guests to enjoy while everyone is getting settled. This will keep guests feeling social and satisfied giving brides and the wedding party a few extra moments for last minute touches.

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Set the Tone with Amazing Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations and stationery set the tone for a wedding. They give guests a glimpse into your personal style and what to expect for the big day. Create the most amazing invitations from Basic Invite. Choose from 180 colors, several foil options, and hundreds of designs to wow your guests and get them on board for your mid-week nuptials.

Who says weekends are for weddings, anyway? Plan a festive and truly unique mid-week wedding and give your guests something extra special to look forward to on hump day and through the rest of the week.

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Save your midweek wedding date

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

So you’ve just said “Yes” to the love of your life and now your ready to start planning your wedding. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is setting the date for your wedding. You may naturally start looking though your calendar at all of the Saturdays and Sundays around the time you’d like to get married,  but have you ever thought of having a midweek wedding?

You might be thinking, “Who would attend a mid-week wedding?”, but the truth is that weekday weddings are becoming more and more popular. If you are planning on having a wedding during the week, here are a couple of things to consider:

When Planning a Midweek Wedding, Be Sure To…

Give guests plenty of notice

1. Give your guests plenty of notice

One of the biggest things to consider when planning a midweek wedding is giving your guests plenty of notice.  Having your wedding on a weekday means that your guests will need to get time off work, so send out your save the dates and invitations as early as possible to ensure that guests can arrange time off work and have plenty of time to plan ahead for your wedding.

2. Be prepared for fewer affirmative RSVP’s

Some of your guests won’t be able to come because of work or other commitments. By giving your guests lots of time to prepare you can help increase your number of RSVP’s, but be ready and understanding if not everyone can come. Weekdays are busy for most people, so be prepared for some of your guests to not be able to attend your wedding because of work or other commitments.

 3. Be flexible on the time your wedding starts

 If you’re worried about guests not being able to make it to your wedding on a work day you could consider a twilight ceremony. Starting your wedding later in the afternoon will give your guests enough time to do what they need to during the day  oreven come into town so they can attend your wedding at night.

4. Show your guests some extra love

Your guests are likely to have sacrificed something to come to your wedding so remember to show them some love and let them know how grateful you are that they took the time out of their usual routine to attend your wedding.

Advantages of a midweek wedding

The Many Advantages of A Midweek Wedding

If you’re starting to think that a mid-week wedding might be too hard, check out these benefits of a mid-week wedding. You might change your mind.

1. Weekday weddings can save you money

More often than not, weekday weddings are cheaper than weekend weddings. Some of your biggest expenses such as your venue hire and catering can be significantly cheaper if you book a weekday wedding. Who doesn’t want to save a bit of money!? You could use the money you save to make your guests feel extra special, splurge on your honeymoon. or add some extra details to your wedding decor.

Enjoy a broader range of venues

 2. Your choice of venues just got bigger

If your dream venue doesn’t have a weekend available for another two years, it might have a weekday available. Choosing to get married on a Monday or Thursday is likely to open up more options for wedding venues. So take your pick!

Book your dream florist

Have a wider pick of caterers

 3. Lock in your dream vendors

Some of the best vendors such as photographers, furniture hire companies and florists often book out on weekends. Getting married on a weekday will give you more options of the vendors to use at your wedding.

4. Your guests get a day off work

Enjoy midweek vacation rates

5. Save money on your honeymoon

Flights and accommodation are often cheaper on weekdays. If you’re honeymoon was starting to look a little too expensive, a weekday wedding might help bring down the costs.

Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life and your guests will want to be a part of it no matter what day of the week you decide to get married. At the end of the day if you choose a day that works best for you and your partner, your closest friends and family wouldn’t miss it for anything.

Help finance your wedding with a Honeyfund honeymoon registry.

Bio: This was a guest post by Bronte Dwyer, a stylist and wedding planner at Foreva Events based in Brisbane. To see more wedding wisdom by Foreva Events click here.

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Styling Foreva Events | Photographer Ivy Road Photography | Stationery Little Duck Calligraphy | Florist Akirah Collective | Venue Summergrove Estate | Dress Jennifer Gifford Designs | Suit Wil Valor | Cake Macarons by Monika |Donuts Nodo | Model Kobie Louis

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