Memorial Day, Fourth of July & Labor Day weekend. These long 3-day weekends mean different things to different people: the ultimate getaway weekend, chance to host the ultimate holiday party, a time to rest and relax. For engaged couples, these holiday weekends take on a new meaning: the perfect weekend to get married.
These weekends make logical sense as the ideal wedding date, but there is a buyer beware clause that comes with choosing Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day weekend as your special day. To help you decide if you want to take on the good (and bad!) of these summer holiday weekends, we’ve put together a list of pros and cons of choosing a summer holiday weekend as the right wedding date.
Pro: Your guests can relax on Monday without having to use a vacation day.
This is the most obvious, and important, benefit of choosing the Fourth of July, Memorial or Labor Day weekend: another day for your guests to relax after your special (and hopefully fun!) day. Since many companies slow down right before these holidays, it’s often easier for your guests to take a day (or days) off before the wedding for traveling and fun.
Con: You have to give plenty of notice.
Because holiday weekends are so popular for events, plan ahead. If you plan on choosing any of these weekends for your wedding day, make sure you send out save the date and invitations as soon as possible so your guests set aside the weekend and plan accordingly. Depending on the location of your wedding, it may also be difficult for your guests to find accommodations if you don’t give them plenty of notice.
Pro: More out-of-town guests may be able to attend since they have an extra day to travel.
If you have a lot of out-of-towners on your guest list, a Fourth of July, Memorial or Labor Day weekend gives your guests more time to travel without worrying about work. In addition to giving them another day of travel, look for a wedding venue close to hotels to make their weekend even easier.
Con: Your total attendance may be down because of the holiday weekend.
Because your guests may view Memorial or Labor Day weekend as the chance to relax, don’t be surprised if you get a “say what?!” reaction from many of your guests. Many of your guests may be less than thrilled (and some may be rather vocal about it) about your holiday weekend wedding especially if they have other plans. You may end up with less guests in attendance than a non-holiday weekend, but hopefully the guests that matter do plan on being there (that’s why RSVP’s are so important!).
Pro: You can incorporate touches of the holiday weekend into your wedding.
Just like the winter holiday, don’t be afraid to include touches of your holiday weekend into your wedding plans. Don’t overdo it; you don’t want your guests to feel like they are at a company picnic. However, sparklers or touches that make it feel like your guests are on the ultimate 3-day vacation can be fun and whimsical.
Con: It may cost you extra to hold your wedding on the Saturday of a holiday weekend.
Because summer holiday weekends are getting more popular, today’s couples are not always going to get the discounts they hope for. While you may not get huge discounts, use these tips to stay within budget or book a wedding venue where you can choose the vendors (and the costs!). Between a manageable budget and your wonderful wedding plans, this is sure to be one holiday weekend you—and your guests—are never going to forget.