Is it rude to host our wedding on a Friday night to save money, since it's less convenient for guests?
Not rude at all. While it's true that a Friday-night wedding may not be as easy for some guests as Saturdays, any date you choose will inconvenience someone. However, before you book the venue, check with your wedding VIPs (your immediate family, close friends) to make sure they're able to attend. Then go ahead and send your invites, and be extra-understanding of anyone who decides not to come because of the timing.
Many venues offer cheaper rental rates for a Friday night event, so this is a great option if you're on a tight budget. Also, since you'll probably have to start the wedding on the later side (say, 7:00 p.m.) to give guests enough time to get to the wedding, you may be able to get away with holding a cocktail-style reception with free-flowing drinks and hors d'oeuvres, instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, which will also save you some serious cash. Plus, getting married on a Friday night means you're extending the wedding-weekend celebration: Schedule a day-after brunch on Saturday, and then guests can depart on Sunday at their own leisure.
If you need help with your wedding budget, give us a call at 919.701.9556 or email us. We'd love to help you find hidden $$ in your budget!