In 2021, expect weekday weddings to trend. When the coronavirus pandemic put a pause on weddings and social gatherings in early spring, the resulting fallout surrounding 2020 weddings was truly unprecedented. COVID-19 is unlike anything anyone has ever experienced.
If your wedding was or you are considering postponing to 2021 keep in mind there are only 52 Saturdays in 2021, and it may be hard to come by to get one. But don’t fret a weekday wedding can be just as much fun! One benefit is that your original wedding team can probably stay intact.
The Date Dilemma
Unfortunately, there are only 52 Saturdays in 2021 and they won’t be making any more. That means many couples how already planned their wedding for 2021 and postponing couples from 2020 will all be pining for those Saturday dates. If your wedding was already planned for 2020 talk with your key vendors (venue, photographer, DJ) to see what dates they have available.
Why Weekday Weddings Work
If your wedding vendor key players and your venue aren't available for a Saturday wedding, your mind might automatically default to a Friday or Sunday backup option. If you're able to secure either, then great. However, there may be a scenario where your chosen venue only has weekday dates available.
Mondays can work out nicely since the immediately follow a weekend so out of town guests can travel in and get settled before the wedding. You can also have a great welcome reception before the wedding. A Monday wedding also increases the likelihood your original team of vendors will be available.
With everything that's occurred in 2020, many of your guests will likely crave socializing and reconnecting at your wedding… regardless of the day of the week.
One in Five Are Changing the Day of the Wedding
Statistically speaking, more and more couples are shifting their weddings to alternative days of the week. According to The Knot, about 21 percent of couples with weddings in 2020 already plan to move their receptions to a different day of the week. Furthermore, between May to December 2020, over 63,000 couples have now set ceremony dates for Mondays.
Remember to work with your partner and gather your thoughts and establish your priorities. Is your wedding date important to you? What about the venue? Is having the wedding you envisioned a priority, or can it be scaled down? Are there any vendors that you want to have on your wedding day no matter what?
According to The Knot 2019 Real Weddings Study, weddings outside of Saturdays already accounted for one in three nuptials in 2020. This means couples were already opting for a Sunday through Friday date for their ceremony this year.
Change the Format of the Events
With a weekday wedding, there's flexibility with scheduling events. Delight your guests with unexpected moments. A welcome party or a post-wedding brunch perhaps?
It's OK to Be Sad and Move Forward
We know it's a tremendously stressful time for you, which is why it's OK to be sad about the loss of your original date. Once you've collected your emotions, move forward by securing a new date, and communicating postponements over to your loved ones through your wedding website or re-save the dates.
Keep in mind everyone’s safety as you continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing and prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Regardless of what day your wedding is held on your love remains the same.