The beautiful thing about eloping is you don’t have to plan around anyone else’s schedules. When you elope, not only do you get to elope how you’d like, but you also get to elope when and where you’d like. For instance, have you ever considered the pros and cons to eloping on a weekday? In fact there are a lot of reasons why it might actually be better to elope on a weekday instead of the weekend.
Because there is no rule book, planning your elopement can sometimes feel overwhelming. That is where I can help!
The first two big questions to answer when you are at the early stages of planning your elopement are; “where do we want to elope?” & “when do we want to elope?” Those answers will help inform the rest of your decisions. When you are at the early stages of planning your elopement, it can help to close your eyes and visualize your perfect day. Feel free to dream big! Nothing is off limits.
After you have the location picked out. It is vital to pick out the exact date. For traditional weddings, couples often pick weekends because that works best with their guests’ schedules. But when you are planning an elopement, you have less people you have to cater to when it comes to the date. Which is where eloping on a weekday comes in!
This is true wherever you decide to elope, but if you are picturing a highly trafficked area, the amount of onlookers will be doubled if you get married on a weekend versus a weekday. You didn’t want to invite a bunch of strangers or acquaintances to watch you recite your vows, thats why you chose to elope in the first place. Having absolutely no onlookers will be rare, so definitely prepare yourself to get some interesting comments from strangers. But we definitely want to try and minimize to make the experience more private and personal.
Bigger selection of options. Weekends book up fast. But if you are open to getting married on a weekday, you will have a bigger selection of choices to work with! This goes for whoever your dream elopement vendors are. From photographers, florists and even venue options, the more flexible you are with your date, the more opportunity you have to work with your dream vendors. Sometimes having a variety can be crippling (analysis paralysis anyone?) but it also opens ups certain vendors who have long been booked for weekends. If you had a specific photographer in mind, for example, chances are their availability during the week is more open.
With vendors not being completely booked, also comes some cheaper options. Im not saying always go with the cheaper option, but a lot of vendors quote premium rates for Saturdays, but have a lower rate for during the week cause weekdays (at least right now) aren’t as popular. Plus vendors tend to be more flexible during the week, so if you are looking to plan your elopement last minute, weekday might be the only option!
Another pro for eloping on the weekday is that choice already limits the guest count. If you didn’t know how to tell someone you were eloping and they aren’t invited, maybe just let them know its going to be on a Tuesday. Chances are only “your people” will be willing to take off during the week to attend!
Some activities or restaurants might only be open on weekends to give their staff time to rest during the week. Typically though these types of places or venues and can still be open to reservations when booked in advance. All you have to do is contact them and reach out!
Traffic will always be a con, weekend or weekday. At least with eloping on a weekday the times when traffic is worse is more predictable than weekend traffic.
I hope this gave you some ideas of what to consider and think about when planning your weekday elopement! For more elopement tips, check out: How to Elope in Boston & Best Places to Elope in Massachusetts
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