Saturdays are the most common days for weddings, but Friday evening receptions have been increasing in popularity. The main advantages to Friday weddings is that they can be more affordable and that a couple can often secure a popular venue more easily. There are some special considerations to keep in mind for nuptials which are not held on a weekend afternoon. Read below to learn more about planning for your Friday night wedding.
Its very important to consider your wedding attendees when planning for your wedding. Friday night is considered a great night to go to a party, but it is also at the end of a workday, so make sure to think about your guests’ schedules when choosing a start time. Generally speaking, a Friday evening ceremony should not start any earlier than 6:30, to allow people time to finish work, get changed into their fancy clothes, and get to your wedding (obviously this applies to local guests; out-of-towners will have to take time off from work to travel). If you live in a busy area with a lot of traffic, a 7pm start time might be even better.
A Friday night is the perfect time to have an adults-only wedding. Make it very swanky and chic, with long flowing bridesmaid dresses, crystal chandelier earrings would be great bridesmaid gifts, black tie for the men, and an abundance of opulent flowers like orchids. If your wedding is in the winter months, you could even opt for the ultimate in formality: a white tie wedding. Book a ballroom in a grand hotel, hire an orchestra, and make it a wedding that no one will ever forget!
A popular option for the reception for a Friday night wedding is to have a cocktail reception. Be sure to keep a few things in mind if you decide to plan a cocktail party style reception. Your guests need to be notified beforehand if you are going to serve light appetizers instead of a full fledged meal at your reception. A phrase such as “Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to follow the ceremony” will give guests the hint that they need to eat dinner before coming. Make sure if you are having a non-meal reception that you do not schedule it during the meal time because your guests won’t have the time to cook dinner and make it to the ceremony on time. In order for all of your wedding guests to have had a chance of eating dinner, schedule your reception at 7:30 or 8:00 at night if you will only be serving light refreshments. Or, if you would prefer having everyone be full, you can serve only hors d’oeuvres and make them plentiful enough. This however may be a little more costly than expected.
best price cialis A great style for a Friday evening cocktail reception would be for the bride to wear a slinky silk charmeuse gown with a fur wrap (for winter), sparkly crystal bridal jewelry, and a fabulous hair ornament without a veil. For the bridesmaids, choose knee length dresses in a fashion-forward style, such as a one shoulder dress. To accessorize the bridesmaids dresses, custom crystal or pearl earrings would work as well as be perfect bridesmaid gifts. For the guys in the wedding party, gray suits with skinny ties would be the perfect attire. A lounge singer with a hot jazz band would be incredible for the music at the reception. Tall round tables topped with bistro lamps will help to create a fantastic upscale nightclub environment for the party.
One last thing to think about for a Friday evening wedding is the rest of the weekend. If you will have a lot of family members traveling in from out of town, plan a Saturday brunch or some other activities for them. That way you can spend a little extra time with them before heading out on your honeymoon. You may also wish to consider having a Friday morning rehearsal so that your wedding party won’t have to take Thursday off work to practice. Even if you decide to go with a Friday mornng rehearsal, you could even choose to have a Thursday night rehearsal dinner. Finally, don’t forget to find time for a ladies’ luncheon or tea during which you can give your attendants their bridesmaid gifts. Although planning for a Friday night wedding can require a little more thought and time, it will be absolutely worth it!
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