Should I have my wedding on a holiday weekend?
Off the bat, it might sound like a great idea to have your wedding on a holiday weekend, but there are a lot of different things to consider before setting your date. Here’s everything you need to know about hosting a holiday wedding:
Not only is a long weekend amazing for you two because you have a little extra time to get everything together, it’s also nice for guests who are traveling and can’t take days off to get to where they need to be for your big day.
Maybe you’ve always dreamed about having a Christmas-themed wedding, complete with holly berries and glittering pine trees. Or maybe you love the thought of a sparkler exit from your 4th of July reception and riding off into the distance while fireworks grace the skies. There’s no doubt that hosting a holiday weekend wedding around your favorite holiday is sure to give everyone a little extra jolt of excitement.
The wonderful thing about having your wedding on Thanksgiving weekend is that you will always be spending your anniversary on a day off from work and with family. What a great way to celebrate your marriage every year! Plus, you’ll never forget to get a gift for your love bug when the season rolls around.
Holiday wedding dates can be tricky for finding available vendors. For the most part, it requires you to be proactive about booking your wedding vendors early. Because holiday weekends can be popular, your top vendors may not be available due to a hectic schedule or personal plans. Restaurants may be unwilling to take a private event if they usually receive a lot of business from being open on the holiday. Lock down your venue and vendors asap.
Many people have traditions for specific holiday weekends that they may choose not to skip for your big day, like an annual Labor Day family reunion. Valentine’s Day might sound like a romantic idea but guests who are not in relationships might feel uneasy and couples may want to celebrate the day intimately. Since holiday weekends can be popular for weddings, send out invitations as soon as you can to make sure guests get your invite before they RSVP “yes” to other weddings or events.
Higher Expenses for Guests
While you may be able to get a good deal on a vendor, the cost of travel for your guests might skyrocket depending on the weekend and your location. For instance, a beach wedding on Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day weekend could be pricy for flights and hotel rooms in a resort area. Attending a New York City wedding can be expensive as is, but move it to New Years Eve and the inflated costs could potentially cause guests to RSVP “no”.
The Bottom Line
Having a holiday wedding might be great for you but inconvenient for your guests.
A good compromise could be choosing a less-popular holiday weekend, such as Columbus Day or President’s Day so you and your fiancé have the extra time off, but your guests won’t be charged extra for a hotel room.
When hosting a holiday wedding, know that as much as your guests love you and are thrilled for your upcoming nuptials, they may not be able to attend because the usual costs and scheduling conflicts may be greater than your average weekend. Be prepared to have a more intimate wedding and be appreciative that the guests that do attend are going the extra mile to be part of your amazing celebration.
Check out this glamorous New Year’s Eve wedding video to get inspiration for your holiday wedding!