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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.

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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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Don't get married on Saturday

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

Don’t get married on Saturday!

Yes, you! Don’t do it. I mean, sure get married – all for that – just why does it have to be 3pm on a Saturday?

Why not Sunday or Friday night or …. heaven help us, Wednesday?

Choose any day but Saturday

The Survey Says…

According to a recent survey by Easy Weddings, 62% of Australian weddings in 2016 were on Saturday, Friday was the next popular with 15% and poor Monday only had 2%.*

Ok, so the traditional Saturday 3pm is probably convenient for some of the population. No need to take time off work; you get the morning to get ready, the Sunday to recover.

However, statistics show that less than 30% of the population work in a Monday to Friday 9-5 job. Even so, if you gave your loved ones 6mths notice, how many of them couldn’t book a day off?

In my experience, most couples take the week off work before the wedding so the day you tie the knot won’t matter.

So it is possible to have a non-Saturday 3pm wedding – but why would you?

Score deals on venues

Why Not Get Married On A Saturday?

Well, to start most venues have more dates available mid-week as well as a mid-week discount. Some venues are booked during wedding season 2 years in advance – how ever going mid-week might mean you get your dream location sooner than you thought. You will also get your pick of other suppliers too; that photographer who is booked out for years in advance could be all yours.

There is no messing with family and sport commitments. In fact, there will be less traffic around venues (have you ever tried to get a park at the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens when there is a blockbuster at the G?) during the day.

Flights for your guests and honeymoon will be cheaper mid-week. You have more accommodation options for them too..

The bottom line is – if you friends and family are exciting that you are getting married – they will want to be there and celebrate with you – no matter what day it is!

Looking for a creative way to fund your honeymoon or wedding expenses? Set up a Honeyfund honeymoon registry today.

Bio: Getting Married Here is an online planning resource for brides and grooms who are searching for the best wedding specialists who know each other and are committed to working together to deliver the best service and products that our industry has to offer.

We meet regularly to discuss ways to enhance a couple’s special day and the services we provide. The Getting Married Here website will reduce the time couples spend trying to source the best quality wedding businesses in our area whilst still offering options and variety for their unique wedding day.

From venues to suppliers – we cover it all. We have an online wedding directory which features talented and professional wedding specialists.

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