Monday, March 21, 2011

Holiday Weekend Weddings: Yay or Nay?

Most people I know fall into one of two camps when it comes to holiday weekend weddings. They either love them or hate them.

As for me, I’m solidly in the “love” category. When we’re invited to a wedding, a holiday weekend typically gives us plenty of time to have fun and then also relax a bit afterward without rushing back to daily life right away. When the wedding is out of town or held on a Sunday, this also gives us a nice time cushion, especially since I don’t typically have class on Mondays that are federal holidays.


One of the weddings I’m coordinating may also be held on a holiday weekend later this year once the date is set. That too sounds great to me, as it will give me extra time to get caught up on classwork and other obligations after what will surely be an exciting and busy week spent helping finalize things for the big day.

On the other hand, I know many others absolutely hate holiday weekend weddings, whether because they feel they interfere with making family vacation plans or because they force them to choose between multiple friends’ wedding taking place the same day.

What do you think? Are you a fan of holiday weekend weddings, or would you rather stick with your average Saturday?

(Photo Credit: Alex Neumann Photography)

15 comments:

  1. I don't necessarily LOVE them but I don't HATE them either.

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  2. I think I'm in the "love" category. Although, I've never had to travel far for a holiday weekend wedding. Maybe my opinion would change if I constantly had to splurge on airfare and hotels over long weekends.

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  3. If it's an out of town wedding I actually prefer it, if it's a local wedding it makes no difference to me either way since I don't usually go out of town for short holiday weekends. I feel like if it's someone you really care about it shouldn't make a difference.

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  4. My best friend had her wedding on Labor Day weekend, and I didn't even think twice about it. Some people put up a fuss, but my family didn't have any deep rooted traditions for Labor Day so it didn't matter to me. I dream of a Fourth of July wedding, it's my favorite holiday, but I'd prefer not to be a sweaty mess on my wedding day so we'll see.

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  5. I'm obviously in the LOVE category as we had a Sunday Memorial Day weekend wedding! Personally, I love the fact that our anniversary will always fall around a 3 day weekend (we're cruising this year since its only 4 days off of work instead of 5) and it was great giving our out of town (most of our guests) an extra travel day.

    My thought is: If you love the holiday more than the couple, you shouldn't be going to the wedding anyway!

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  6. I'm with you! Makes it all just a little easier and more enjoyable!

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  7. Love them seeing as we are having a Friday before Memorial Day weekend wedding this year... We felt bad that a lot of people do go out of town so if they want to- they can leave on Saturday and still have 3 whole days. It is also helpful to get that extra day off work for the honeymoon!

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  8. I think it depends on the holiday. If it's the weekend of Thanksgiving or Christmas--HATE (I've been to weddings that were the day after these holidays and it was a pain in the butt). If it's Labor Day, 4th of July--sure, whatever.

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  9. I agree with Laura...Thanksgiving and Christmas, no way would I be attending weddings around the week of these! But Labor Day, or 4th of July I wouldnt mind. The only thing I would worry about is traffic and drunk drivers on major holidays like the 4th of July. Be careful.

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  10. i enjoy holiday weekend weddings. the two that i have attended have been out of town and it was nice to take a few days to travel, visit a different place, and enjoy a wedding with an extra day to recuperate :)

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  11. I got married on a holiday (Columbus Day) so clearly I'm in the yay category. I've also been to a Labor Day weekend wedding and a President's Day wedding and didn't mind either!

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  12. Im totally in the 'love' category too, its always so good to have an extra day off before / after a wedding.

    We got married on Easter weekend 2010 which meant that all of our guests had the Friday & Monday off before / after our Saturday wedding. Since my mum is a school teacher who couldnt just take any old day off like anyone else it was perfect as she was also off for the holiday. It was also great for our guests from further away as they could travel on the Friday and didnt have to rush away on the Sunday.

    Unfortunately for us Easter moves all the time so wont really help us for any anniversaries!

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  13. I love them! My cousin almost got married on a holiday weekend... but ended up switching the date to suit the venue she wanted

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  14. I agree with you, I love them too! My friend got married of Memorial weekend last year in Philly. So chris and I went down 2 days early and made a whole weekend out of it, I loved it!

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  15. I think it can be challenging for guests who have conflicting holiday traditions. I didn't go to one friend's wedding that took place New Year's Eve because I had a longstanding tradition of getting together with college friends already in place. Also, holidays like Memorial weekend are so popular, some guests might have to choose between going to your wedding or another friend's. I know at least two couples who went through that last year.

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