Hosting a Sunday Wedding: Etiquette & Ideas

planning a sunday weddingWhile any day is a good day for a wedding, there’s something very special about a Sunday wedding. Not only does it make for a day when many guests can attend because they don’t have to work, but it can also be cheaper to have your wedding on a Sunday, especially at some of the most popular venues. For those who may have out-of-town guests or ones with particular religious preferences attending, though, Sunday weddings can present a problem.

Is It Okay to Have a Sunday Wedding?

Absolutely! The two of you have the final say in your wedding, and if choosing to have it on a Sunday works best for you, then you should certainly go ahead and schedule it. It’s worth noting, though, that within Catholicism and a few other religions, Sunday weddings are generally against church practice, so if you’re having a church wedding, you may need to get special permission for your wedding. Wedding etiquette, though, is a bit quiet on this issue. If you think your guests would handle a Sunday wedding well and it works better for your budget and your schedule, go with a Sunday ceremony.

Tips for Sundays

If you do plan to have your wedding on a Sunday, there are a few things you may want to consider.

  • Try to confine the wedding activities to Saturday and Sunday. Those coming in from out of town may have to take Monday off to accommodate your wedding, so it’s nice to make sure they don’t have to take Friday off as well.
  • If you’re deciding between days of the week, weigh all of your options carefully. If one day of the week is going to work better than another for your guests, perhaps that might be best for your wedding. If, on the other hand, you’re looking at saving thousands of dollars on your wedding, that has to be factored in.
  • You may want to go with an afternoon wedding as opposed to an evening wedding if you’re having it on a Sunday. For example, if you’re going to serve dinner at 8 and cut the cake at 9, that may be a bit late for some people. Going with a slightly earlier wedding ceremony so people can get home, get their kids to bed, and get ready for work the next day may be a really good choice. Be understanding if people leave earlier than you’d initially expected.
  • Remember to double check the hours your venue will be available. If you’re booking a Sunday wedding, you need to make certain you’ll be able to get in before to handle all of the wedding decorations, as Sunday weddings sometimes don’t have quite enough before/after time built-in.

Sunday weddings are more popular than ever. If you’re thinking Sunday, go with it. Worry about your wedding first, then the needs of your guests second. Your wedding is going to be beautiful whether it’s Friday or Sunday. Pick the day that works best for you, then plan everything out to meet your needs.