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Destination wedding on a Thurs or Friday? Debating

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#1 onelove79

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    Posted 21 November 2009 - 01:25 PM

    Hello all~

    I am planning a Puerto Rico wedding, very small, with our immediate famalies, their spouses, and a few very close friends. We all live on the East Coast USA, so the flight times will be 2-3 hours of travel for what we hope will be a memorable, relaxed long weekend kind of celebration.

    Looking at the prices (although I have verry little info from my prefered location yet), I am assuming that a Friday wedding ceremony may allow for some extra room in our budget.... but I am wondering if it is too much to expect my guests to fly in for a weekday wedding so I can save a few bucks?

    My guests will be my dearest friends and family, so I think they will be on board for whatever we want. Thought I would run it by you all anyway, feedback from a neutral source always helps!

    My vision: Me and my guy fly in on Wednesday morning, get ready....etc etc... have a welcome happy hour Thursday evening, or perhaps a beach side bbq or something to celebrate our guests arrivals. Perhaps a friday evening wedding. Then a Saturday celebration with our famalies and closest friends, with some sort of Puerto Rico unique activity with our guests in mind. We want to be good hosts, and experience something new and fun with the people that mean the most to us!

    What do you all think? Thanks in advance!

    #2 Sheree10

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      Posted 22 November 2009 - 12:46 AM

      I think it's up to you. We're getting married on a Friday. FI and I will be there Tues. and our guests will arrive Wed/Thurs.

      BRIDE + GROOM + 60 GUESTS!!

      #3 clfaidl2

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        Posted 22 November 2009 - 06:03 PM

        It's ultimately your decision on what day you want, but it may be easier to have it on friday for your guests. They might have to take off less days from work by having it later in the week. Just a thought, but its definitely your decision. Good luck in deciding!

        #4 mlabbe

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          Posted 22 November 2009 - 06:09 PM

          I think that your plan makes perfect sense. If for example you get married on a Saturday and your guests wanted to save money, they would arrive on Friday and leave Sunday - that doesn't leave much room to relax or do anything. By doing it on Friday, you give everyone extra time together and to relax.

          We're getting married on a Sunday - everyone is arriving on Friday, Saturday is the rehearsal dinner, marriage on Sunday and Monday to relax, everyone leaves on Tuesday.

          #5 lalanyc

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            Posted 22 November 2009 - 07:02 PM

            I vote for Friday! That way you can have time to relax w/ your family on Saturday. I want to have our wedding on a Friday too but my FI thinks that would be too hard for our friends who are young professionals and may not have the ability to take a long weekend due to work. :/ bleh.

            #6 soxgirl

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              Posted 22 November 2009 - 07:14 PM

              I agree that Friday is a great way to go. We're arriving on Tuesday, guests are coming Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Welcome party on Wednesday, rehearsal dinner Thursday, wedding Friday. Most of our guests are staying through Sunday and that gives everyone Saturday to relax.

              The thing to consider is that many of your friends and family will make this a vacation so flying in during the week should not be an issue. Just give everyone plenty of notice to plan.

              Good luck! Sounds like it will be a wonderful wedding weekend!

              #7 trobin01

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                Posted 22 November 2009 - 07:19 PM

                Friday sounds like a great idea. then you have time to relax with your guests after the wedding itself, but time to do a welcome event too.

                #8 indy_chic

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                  Posted 22 November 2009 - 07:21 PM

                  Friday has my vote !

                  #9 frazali

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                    Posted 22 November 2009 - 10:45 PM

                    Friday sounds like a great idea to me - that way people have the option of taking off more time for vacation, but it's not mandatory in order to attend your wedding.

                    Also, some resorts request that you are there at least 3 full days in advance of your wedding (mostly to iron out details). You should definitely find out if this is a requirement at your resort.

                    #10 onelove79

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                      Posted 23 November 2009 - 12:31 AM

                      Great everyone, thank you! I really love the idea of the Friday wedding... that way we have time to share with our guests post-event where we can truely relax and celebrate how much we adore our guests!!

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