Those Wonderful 3-Day Weekend Weddings!

Posted by Dave

Problem: Many – if not most of your guests are coming from out of town (or out of state, or even out of the country). In order to attend your wedding, they need extra travel time.
Solution: Plan your event – well ahead of time – during one of the calendar’s 3-Day weekends!

Not all Americans get a business holiday on Memorial Day or Labor Day, but most do. So – if your guest list requires significant numbers of your guests to travel long distances, consider a Sunday wedding.

This saves your guests from killing themselves racing to the airport on Friday night or before dawn on Saturday. It allows them a full extra day for getting to their destination. They are less stressed and cranky, which – in turn – leaves you a little less stressed (and cranky).

Sunday – prior to the wedding festivities – can then be a day for visiting with friends and family (instead of racing straight home, as they would have to do following a Saturday night event on a “regular” weekend.)

On Monday, they can say their goodbyes and head back for home. When Tuesday dawns, they may still be a bit jet-lagged, but they will be nowhere near as exhausted as they might otherwise have been. A shorter recovery period for them makes memories of their weekend with you all the more joyous.

It is more humane for your out-of-town guests and for you!

The downside? There are really only two perfect 3-Day weekends each year. (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, and Columbus Day seem to only give bankers and mailmen a day off.) Savvy brides snap up venues and bands a year or more in advance of the following Memorial and Labor Day Sundays. So, to make this work for you, you will need to plan way ahead.

In fact, I’ve actually had some brides who booked these dates before they were officially engaged. And you know what? They’ve always managed to get their grooms to show up in the right place at the right time.

(Amazing people, these brides.)


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