Long Weekend Weddings

Imagine this; you’re engaged, you’ve poured over venues and dates, and FINALLY, you’ve landed on the perfect weekend to host your dream wedding. But then you realize it’s a long weekend. Does it matter? Considering the Easter long weekend is inching nearer, we’ve put together some pros and cons to think about before putting down your deposit!

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A Weekend of Love

What’s better than a single day to celebrate your nuptials? An entire weekend! When having a long weekend wedding, it’s much easier for your guests to come as they won’t have to take time off of work. This means your nearest and dearest can treat your wedding like a mini-vacation! If you’ve always dreamt of having a weekend of fun, including a Friday night rehearsal dinner, with a gorgeous Saturday afternoon wedding followed by a Sunday brunch and departure, a long weekend is a perfect way to do it.

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long weekend wedding
bride and groom getting married, long weekend wedding

Ka-Ching, Ka-Ching

First of all, vendors and venues may want to have the holiday Monday off of work. If that’s the case, you may not even be able to host your wedding at your dream location. Having your wedding on a holiday weekend also means vendors have to pay their employees holiday hours. This can, in turn, be passed on to you and your budget.

beautiful tablescape at a long weekend wedding
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Traveling Guests

Traveling over a holiday weekend may prove to be more costly for yourself and your guests. Even more so if you’re getting married far from home or having a destination wedding. Not to mention the cost of flights and gasoline is likely to be higher over a holiday. That being said, if you have a large group of out of town guests joining, it can be helpful for them to have a whole extra day to travel back home.

Bride is hugged by all her smiling bridesmaids in Castle Gould at the Sands point Preserve in New York
Newlywed couple walks down the aisle to confetti and smiles at this New York wedding on the grounds of the Sands Point Preserve

“Off Day” Wedding Pricing

The final pro to a long weekend wedding list is “off-day” pricing. Most weddings are hosted on a Saturday afternoon, and venues know this. This means exchanging your vows on a Friday or Sunday of a long weekend may save you a chunk of change! We recommend reaching out to your top choice venues to see if this is possible.

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bridal party dancing

Don’t forget, when you’re having a long weekend wedding, it might take a little more back and forth between vendors and venues to ensure everything is coordinated and everyone will be working.

If you’ve got your venue booked but are still looking for a photographer, contact us to schedule a consultation!

xo JF