Etiquette for a Friday Night Wedding

by Krista Sheehan ; Updated October 06, 2017

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Because they are less expensive and more flexible, Friday night weddings have become increasingly popular over the years. If you are planning a Friday night wedding, there are certain wedding etiquette tips to follow to ensure you and your guests enjoy the night.

Identification

Wedding etiquette refers to the best techniques and practices one should employ to make a wedding successful and appropriate. Proper wedding etiquette ensures that wedding guests will be comfortable and entertained, while the bride and groom fully enjoy their special day.

Ceremony

When having a Friday wedding, it is important to plan the ceremony for the late afternoon or early evening, preferably no earlier than 5 p.m. This will allow your guests to avoid taking the whole day off of work or school to prepare.

Reception Dinner

When having a Friday wedding, you should provide your guests with a full meal at the reception. If guests have come directly from work, they will likely be hungry and expecting a meal.

Reception Time

If possible, plan to have your reception directly after the wedding ceremony. Unlike weekend weddings, Friday night weddings occur during a shorter time frame, and the events must move quickly. If possible, take wedding pictures before the ceremony to avoid making your guests wait for you at the reception.

The Day After

Friday night weddings allow for a full weekend of fun and relaxation after the wedding. To thank your guests for attending your wedding and say goodbye before you depart on your honeymoon, have a casual brunch or lunch on Saturday, and invite close family, friends and guests who have come from out of town.

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