Have the Monday Wedding of Your Dreams

When Nate and I decided to start looking at wedding venues, like most couples we just knew we wanted to get married on a Saturday. It’s the most traditional and expected day of the week for the couple to select because it falls on the weekend when most guests are unoccupied and have more flexibility to attend an event such as a wedding. We soon realized that wasn’t the best decision and that having a Monday wedding would soon solve our dilemma.

Even though a weekend wedding was our initial instinct, after circling back to our first venue of choice, Nate supported my desire to inquire about what the other days of the weeks entailed. Originally, if we were going to not have a Saturday wedding the next best thing in our eyes was Thursday, Friday or Sunday. Still days that surround the weekend and give folks the flexibility to make the proper arrangements to attend. Even with expanding our day of the week selection we were still faced with dates that were still booked or in my opinion overpriced for the day of the week that it was. Finally, in a last resort option, I simply inquired about Mondays. I had recently started to see some couples getting married on Mondays and was curious as to the cost savings associate with it. To my delighted surprise, the savings was quite substantial on top of several other benefits.

In this post, I’ll share with you the top reasons to have the wedding of your dreams on a Monday.

1.Savings

We all know the cost of weddings are astronomical and the cost just continues to rise as the years go by. With that being said, every penny counts! Use the savings you get from having a Monday wedding to put a down payment on your first home, or to have a more lavish honeymoon. Remember people, the wedding is only FIVE hours. Don’t go into debt trying to make other people happy. Most people will get over the fact that it’s a Monday simply because they love you. If that’s not enough then maybe they shouldn’t be there? Something to consider.

2.Exclusivity

Ever wonder why most celebrities get married on random days of the week? Serena Williams just got married on a Thursday in New Orleans last week! When it comes to an off peak day of the week for a wedding there is more exclusivity. The venues are usually more all hands on deck as there are not multiple weddings on that day. In our case, we are the only wedding on Monday. Therefore, we don’t have to worry about time limitations before or after our wedding time. The staff at the venue will only be concerned with our party and our needs. This might not be important to some people but in our case we didn’t want to see another wedding party on our special day. If we can control it, we wanted to keep the exclusivity.

3.Flexibility

This is a big one. In selecting a Monday wedding we were so happy to learn that our date was a twilight date. What this means is that we have the flexibility to have the wedding any time of day we want. We will select our block of time and curate our schedule based on our desires. More Saturday weddings at venues that accommodate more than one wedding per day will give you an afternoon block or a night block. We prefer a more sunset time start so we are able to make that happen with the twilight option. Cool, right?

4.Vendors

When booking a DJ, florist, caterer or anything else for your wedding you have to consider how many other weddings that day you might be competing with to get the vendor of your dreams. Most people have a photographer or videographer in mind when they are getting married. Once you reach out to them and tell that you have a Saturday wedding, the first thing they will have to check in their availability. Being that Monday weddings are still pretty uncommon, there’s a good chance that the photographer who’s always booked a year out will have an opening for a Monday wedding next year. It’s really a pleasant surprise when you start to realize all the benefits that come along with doing your wedding on an off peak day.

There are about 2.5 million weddings a year and less than one percent of them occur on a Monday, according to The Knot 2013 Real Weddings Study. Go against the grain and have a Monday wedding! I’m sure you won’t regret it.

xo

Photographer Ian Joseph Jones

11 Comments

  1. Dawn Spencer
    November 20, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Though I’m not there yet (cross your fingers for me) all of this is so insightful AND helpful especially as you are in the moment vs. thinking back trying to write & provide us ladies some help as we think about the planning process. LOVE all this LOVE

    • natasha
      November 20, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      aww, thanks Dawn! I really appreciate it <3 I think it's so important to stay transparent in this process because I want future brides to know the inside scoop! spread the knowledge lol

  2. Kiara Walthaw
    November 20, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    This was a great read Natasha! I never considered how smart it actually is to have your wedding on a weekday instead of a weekend! Something to consider for my future plans when that special day comes. Love your engagement photos too!

    • natasha
      November 20, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      thanks so much Kiara!! I never thought about it either but when the idea hit me there was no turning back lol

  3. MELISA
    November 20, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Great read. Even more excited now for this Monday wedding and the twilight date. We’re going GREENE💚

    • natasha
      November 20, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      you know it’s gonna be litttyyyyy

  4. Malika M.
    November 20, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    This was so insightful, I never realized all the benefits you can receive with picking a Monday for your special day. I will be sure to take this into consideration when and if my time comes around. Love it! Thank you

    • natasha
      November 21, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Malika! I’m happy you found it insightful. I just think that more people should get married on whatever date suits them vs the convenient days that are traditionally expected. No matter the day or date if people love you they will come.

  5. Alice Hawkins
    November 21, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Great idea! My parents got married on a Friday 13th because it was such an unpopular date that the registry office had tons of availability so they were able to have a wonderful day all to themselves with loved ones (and still some savings to start married life!). That may be a step too far for some but luckily they are not superstitious and still happily married all this time later 🙂
    Can’t wait to see more from the engagement photoshoot- what a good looking couple!

    • natasha
      November 21, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing, Alice! I really appreciate it. That’s so interesting about your parents wedding date! I’m sure they had all the benefits getting married on Friday the 13th. I’m not superstitious either so I probably would’ve considered it myself if it came down to it. We just got back the final engagement shoot photos & I can’t wait to share!!!

  6. aSHLEY
    November 21, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    yasssssssssssssssssssssssssss love it and love you

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