There’s no doubt about it: weddings are a big deal. They represent a couple’s commitment to one another and their future together. But with all of the planning that goes into them—from picking out the perfect venue to making sure every detail is just right—there’s a lot to consider. And that can be stressful for couples who want to enjoy their big day without having to worry about all of the details.
And that’s why more couples are turning to midweek weddings instead of traditional weekend ceremonies. Those who do choose to get married during the week are often looking for a more laid-back vibe with an intimate group of guests, Here Chris Hall, General Manager at West Lodge Park, explores the reasons behind the growing trend.
“The UK is seeing a dramatic rise in the number of couples choosing to tie the knot on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, and there are a number of reasons for this trend. Significant discounts, weekday venue availability and increased choice of wedding services are all playing a big part in boosting the midweek wedding trend.“
It’s a common problem. You set your heart on a beautiful venue, such as West Lodge Park Hotel, only to find your preferred weekend booked up years in advance. Or even worse, you’ve booked your perfect venue, and the registrar has several weddings in the area, and you have to time your ceremony around their busy schedule.
Even the florist or photographer you’ve shortlisted may have several weddings on the same weekend, which means your big day is suddenly dictated by the logistics of outside contractors.
Most service providers will be relatively quiet on weekdays, and able to work around your needs. A midweek wedding gives you much more flexibility and control over how your big day will run.
Boosting the budget
Savings on venue hire is just the start. Wedding bands, car hire and other service providers will be more open to negotiation, and even have incentives to attract midweek weddings. And for those looking to jet straight off on their honeymoon, the good news is weekday travel costs are usually lower than at the weekend.
All those savings add up, giving you more room in the budget for those extra flourishes that will make your big day all the more special.
Your special date
Getting married on a significant anniversary, such as the day you first set eyes on your future spouse, the date of your parents’ marriage, or even your birthday, can make your wedding day more meaningful. And if your dream date happens to be midweek, then all the better.
Pass the savings on to your guests
Midweek weddings are particularly suited to intimate weddings, with close family and friends usually more than happy to take a day or two off work to make your big day. Sending save the dates well in advance will help them clear their schedules for the occasion.
And don’t forget to give them the good news that midweek accommodation is often significantly cheaper outside the busier weekend wedding dates.
With older relatives often retired and more flexible, and with changing working patterns meaning people work different hours, there’s usually a bit of wiggle room these days. And for child-free weddings, weekdays can often be easier for sorting childcare. For many, a visit to West Lodge Park Hotel can also be a great starting point for a break of their own in the area.
For more information and a personal tour of our venue, please contact Helen so we can tell you how West Lodge Park will make your wedding special, whatever day of the week you choose.