Earlier today, Sarah Ducker of SJD Events Limited spoke to Phil Kennedy on the BBC Berkshire afternoon show in conjunction with an article on the BBC’s website about ‘Getting Married on a Weekday’ following the article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14371053 by Tom de Castella.
The question being is Monday and Tuesday the new weekend?
Personally, I don’t think that you will find the traditional weddings moving from a Saturday or Sunday as research shows still 60% opt for a Saturday wedding.
A lot of my couples have started to opt for a Friday celebration so they capitalise on their wedding celebrations with family and friends.
More and more people today do not get married on their doorsteps so people have to travel which is a consideration you need to make when choosing a venue.
It was commented in recent findings by Brides Magazine that the average wedding spend is now £24,500. And, as we are certainly not out of the recession I completely agree that every penny counts. And, as I say to all couples, you do not want to start of married life in debt so, always plan a realistic budget and stick with it.
Obviously, circumstances dictate a lot of people’s choice of the day of the wedding, and as Phil Kennedy himself said, he had to get married on a Thursday to tie in with football commitments.
One of the other reasons for looking at a week day for getting married can be budget as; you will be pleasantly surprised the differences in price with regards to venues rates.
However, something that you will need to check is that not all venues who can conduct a civil ceremony on a Saturday hold a license for every day of the week so, do check this out.
There are only 52 weekends in a year so, if you have your heart set on a Saturday at a certain venue, you really need to work to booking at least a year in advance especially for the summer months.
Phil also asked if I had ever done a wedding on every day of the week to which I can certainly say no, but there are venues out their who will be able to put their hands up and I certainly know some of the Registrars who cover Oxfordshire and Berkshire will be able to put their hands up.
So, when you do start to look at prospective venues and consider dates for your forthcoming wedding keep all your options open but if guests need to take time off make sure you give them plenty of notice as holidays are precious as we all know.
To hear this interview with Phil Kennedy go to www.bbc.co.uk/berkshire and then press listen again, and then fast track to 4.10pm just after the Phil Collins track and traffic report.
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