10 Oct 2017
The team at Bijou Weddings returns this month to discuss how mid-week weddings vary from a weekend wedding, detailing the ways in which you can benefit
Welcome to the October edition of Ask Bijou. This month the team behind Bijou’s collection of exclusive use, country house wedding venues share their advice on mid-week weddings. Do you have a question for the Bijou team? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see the answer featured in a future edition of Ask Bijou…
Q: Knowing a Saturday is naturally the most expensive day to book a wedding, I’m worried that I will have to miss out on my ideal venue because of budget. I’ve heard that mid-week weddings may be less expensive – is that true?
Due to popularity, a Saturday wedding date is typically going to cost more, but having your dream wedding at your dream venue is absolutely possible if you consider marrying mid-week. Yes, your guests may need to take a day or two off work, but it's your choice as to how and when you wish to celebrate your wedding so don’t be afraid to step away from the norm if that is your preference. Below, we share five reasons on how you can benefit from booking a wedding during the week.
You’ll still receive the exact same venue, service and food whether you have your wedding on a Saturday or during the week, but the cost to you will most probably be a lot less. If your guests want to see you get married, they’ll find a way to make it to your mid-week wedding. You may find that swapping a Saturday for a Friday or Sunday could lower your overall cost, but the most significant price difference to consider will be marrying Monday to Thursday.
Swap your season
You may find that a mid-week wedding during the winter months will be considerably less than a mid-week wedding during the height of summer. Regardless of when you visit wedding venues, try to imagine them all in a different season, or, ask to browse through gallery images so that you can see the venue in all kinds of weather.
Venue capacities tend to be lower during the week, meaning that you may not need to invite as many guests as you would if you tied the knot on the weekend. As long as you meet minimum requirements, you should still be able to book the perfect venue, and have the day of your dreams, within budget.
Choose a special wedding date
If there’s a specific calendar date that has a special meaning to you both and it happens to fall during the week on the year you plan to get married, go for it. Some couples choose to get married exactly one year after their engagement, regardless of when the date falls. Others like the idea of getting married on a significant date in the calendar, such as 18/08/18 or 19/09/19. As long as we’ve got the date available at one of our Bijou wedding venues, we’d be delighted to discuss wedding plans with you.
Choosing a mid-week or out of season wedding date may also be beneficial when it comes to booking your honeymoon. Travelling mid-week is usually financially beneficial but getting married on a Thursday could mean that you celebrate through the weekend and then jet-set off on your honeymoon the following Monday.