Other Than Saturday

By Lauren Baumbauer

December 18, 2009 5 min read

Some women start thinking about their dream weddings from a very young age. Especially as a child, the traditional fluffy white dress, white horse and Saturday full of flowers and dancing play big roles in the fantasy. You're probably guilty of this yourself and may secretly still have this in your dreams of the big day.

This fantasy isn't always practical, though, and it may limit some other fantastic options, especially when choosing the special day.

Planning a wedding and checking out a date? It's likely that the first days a bride-to-be will look up for her big day are Saturdays.

Why is Saturday the most popular day to get married? The fact that it's during the weekend, when many working people are off, plays a big part in it. According to The Knot, a Web site devoted to brides-to-be for all of their wedding planning needs and stresses, Saturday is easier for people who work during the week and live out of town, because they have time to come in, relax and leave without intruding on their normal schedules.

Popularity does include problems. Saturday is often a very hard day on which to book a wedding. Reservations need to be made years in advance for some venues.

Venues, caterers and other services that may be involved on the big day also often come with hefty prices on Saturdays because of competition. The wedding industry is a $50 billion industry, according to statistics from the Association for Wedding Professionals International, and those involved with making a wedding happen know how to squeeze every dime out of the bride and groom.

Also, Saturday isn't a common day to tie the knot in Judaism. The Jewish Sabbath, falling from sunset on Fridays to sunset on Saturdays, is meant for relaxation. The stress and planning of a wedding completely go against the Sabbath, so Sunday is the most popular day for Jewish weddings.

Sunday is becoming more and more popular as an ?off-the-beaten-path? day to wed. With all of the hassles of Saturday weddings in mind, checking out another day may be the best bet for couples.

What are the advantages of straying from the Saturday path? For the bride on a budget, the advantages are many. Supply and demand for Saturday weddings means Saturdays are generally costlier than other days. A Friday or Sunday wedding would be more pocketbook-friendly, and a non-weekend ceremony would be even more so.

Booking a venue also would be much easier, according to The Knot, because the lack of demand that makes the cost more reasonable also pertains to the time slot. Couples don't have to set their weddings way in advance, and they're likelier to get their dream locations on short notice. Make sure to check all of the days and times the venue has available. Some places, such as churches, have to make special arrangements. The hardest days to get guests to arrive may be earlier in the week, when the daily grind sets in.

A disadvantage to the non-Saturday wedding is convenience for the guests. Particularly if guests are arriving from out of town, they won't want to take time from work, and they need to plan on drive time or flights. If the wedding is small and there aren't a lot of out-of-towners or it's planned near a holiday during typical vacation time, then this shouldn't be a problem.

Wedding ceremonies held on other days lend some time for creativity in the celebration, too. The Knot suggests the bridal party be held on Friday, with a day of relaxation on Saturday before the Sunday ceremony. Or a Friday night wedding may involve a more adult atmosphere, especially for those getting off work and ready to enjoy themselves at a ceremony meant for a good time. A destination wedding, which already may have a limited number of guests, can cut back several costs just by changing the day of the week.

Your dream wedding still can be a reality. It may just be surprising how much easier it is to wear the fluffy white dress and ride the white horse with your prince into the sunset on a day other than Saturday.

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