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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Photographer Ian Joseph Jones