It’s hard to ignore the numerous benefits of having a mid-week wedding. The Harper Team shine a light on the rewards…

Booking a Mid-Week Wedding

With many couples choosing to stick to tradition and marry on a Saturday, it can be easy to presume that your wedding must also fall on a weekend date. However, if you’d rather avoid the costs that may be associated with a weekend wedding, you may like to consider saying your vows during the week.

At first, you may have a few concerns when it comes to the prospect of a mid-week wedding:
•    What if my guests can’t get time off work?
•    Will people think we can’t afford a weekend wedding?
•    What will my family think?

Wedding planning couples are now discovering the multitude of advantages that a mid-week wedding has to offer. Here are our top 10 reasons why we think you should consider booking a mid-week wedding date…

Cut your Wedding Costs

1: Save Money on your Wedding Venue
The cost of your wedding venue will probably be one of the largest expenses in your wedding budget. However, you will find that hiring a wedding venue on a week day can significantly reduce the cost, in comparison to a Friday or Saturday. Demand is higher at weekends, so wedding venues tend to price those dates at a premium, but if book you wedding on a Thursday, the reality is that you’re still booking the exact same venue, but due to demand, the overall cost may be less expensive. During the Summer months, opting for a weekday date could save you thousands! If you’re keen to book your dream wedding venue but budget won’t allow a weekend date, consider a mid-week wedding!

2: Save Your Wedding Guests Money
Not only can you achieve some significant savings as a couple, but you can also save your guests money by booking a mid-week wedding. Your wedding guests may need to stay in a hotel overnight and room rates even at the most luxury hotels may drop during the week. Getting to your wedding may also be less busy for your guests during the week in terms of traffic, public transportation and flights.

3: Benefit from a More Affordable Honeymoon
Couples dream of an idyllic honeymoon – and a midweek wedding could save you money on this trip too. Weekends tend to be some of the most expensive days of the week to fly, so if you dream of jetting off the morning after your celebrations, a Friday or Saturday wedding may only add to your expenses. Opt for a Monday wedding and your flights on a Tuesday could save you hundreds of pounds.

Create the Wedding of Your Dreams

4: Greater Availability at your Dream Venue
Sought after wedding venues can get booked up around 2 years in advance. But, if you’re looking to tie the knot at your dream venue sooner, a mid-week wedding date could make your wedding dreams come true!

5: Run Your Day How You Want
It’s not just wedding venues who book up well in advance, but registrars too. Registrars conduct several weddings throughout a day, so the more couples getting married each day, the more competition there is to book your registrar at the time you want. As Saturdays tend to be busier, a registrar may only be available to conduct your ceremony earlier in the day, or later in the afternoon. However, registrars typically have far more availability mid-week, so you can choose exactly when you want your ceremony, meaning the rest of your celebrations can flow exactly as you’ve always imagined.

6: Book Your Favourite Wedding Suppliers with Ease
Have you got your eye on a particular band you want to create the perfect party for you? Or perhaps you love how a particular photographer works and are desperate to have them capture your special day on camera. The best wedding suppliers tend to be in high demand and you won’t want to lose out on such an important aspect of your day simply because of what day of the week your wedding is on. Choose a mid-week date and your wedding suppliers will likely have far greater availability. On top of all that, you may be the only wedding that the supplier has booked in for the day, in which case, you’ll receive their whole and undivided attention.

7: Add Extra Special Touches
The savings you could achieve by booking your wedding venue during the week could mean you have room in your budget for some extra special wedding touches. How about a firework display to add a spectacular end to your day? Or, consider upgrading your wedding banquet or why not order a chocolate fountain?

Added Bonuses of Booking a Mid-Week Wedding…

8: Everyone Gets a Day Off Work!
If you send out Save the Date cards early enough, your wedding guests should be able to take the day off work in order to attend your special celebration. Your guests may welcome an exciting day out of the office and depending on the location of your wedding venue, they may even be able to turn it in to a mini-break away!

9: Extend Your Celebrations
Your wedding is one of the biggest celebrations you’ll ever throw, so why not hold your big day during the week so that you can extend the party in to the weekend? Perhaps a big family BBQ at the weekend would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on the week, adding to the memories and allowing family and friends more time to catch up if they’ve travelled from afar.

10: Celebrate on a Special Date
Have you thought about getting married on the anniversary of when you first met? Or perhaps it would be magical if you married on your proposal-versary? Limiting yourself to a Friday or Saturday wedding might not allow you to do this, plus, a significant date is far more meaningful than a date chosen out of necessity.