There are definitely pros to getting married on a holiday weekend. Not only do you have an extra day to enjoy the festivities with your guests, but you can also save big by saying I do on a Sunday night and not have to worry about guests leaving early because they have to wake up for work the next day. But there are also some cons that many couples need to think about before booking their big day for a holiday weekend. Here is our list of the biggest concerns.
1. It doesn’t always save you money. While getting married on a long weekend has its benefits (Sunday weddings are cheaper), items like flowers on Valentine’s Day or venues on New Year’s Eve might also be more expensive. And it might also cost your guests more to attend, since airfare and hotel rates are typically higher on holiday weekends.
2. Some guests might not want to attend. Some people have longstanding traditions for holiday weekends, so they’ll choose to honor those instead of coming to the wedding. And there are those few folks that simply don’t want to spend an entire three day weekend at your wedding festivities (although they won’t say that when they RSVP). So be prepared for a few more declines that you might initially expect.
3. Other guests can’t attend. Not everyone gets off on holiday weekends (Columbus Day, for example, is one holiday that not every business observes), so planning a three-day wedding extravaganza just won’t work for some guests.
4. You’ll need to plan plenty of activities. For those guests who are attending your attending, you want them to feel they made the right decision giving up their three day weekend. With that in mind, you should plan plenty of activities to keep them occupied and make sure they have a great time.
5. Traffic could get crazy. Depending on your location, many destinations get super crowded and congested on holiday weekend. This means it might take your guests longer to get there, and it might take everyone (including you and your groom) more time to get to the ceremony and reception locales.
6. Your vendors might already be booked. Holiday weekends are the perfect time for other gatherings as well, such as family reunions, birthday parties and more. So some top venues and vendors might already get booked up quicker than usual, so make sure you get to them first.