Couples are increasingly ditching the traditional Saturday ceremony and are choosing to tie the knot on a weekday.
The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics shows that there were 234,464 weddings in England in 2011, with 57.5% taking place on a Saturday. The peak marriage season is July to September, with 42% of weddings taking place during these months. January is the least popular time of year to get married. More than likely this will be down to post Christmas blues, lack of funds and poor weather.
It’s hardly surprising that Saturday and the warmer summer months continue to dominate, but there is now a definite trend towards mid-week weddings. The main reason for this is cost – mid-week weddings are often approximately one third cheaper than their weekend counterparts.
And when you consider that – according to the UK’s leading bridal brand, You & Your Wedding – the average cost of a wedding in 2014 totalled almost £21,000, the ability to save a significant chunk of money by changing the day makes perfect sense.
Another reason why couples are getting married on a weekday is because of increased availability. There are only 52 weekends in a year. Those popular venues get booked up years in advance so by opting for a Monday or Tuesday, you get your stately home or castle of their dreams, and often save up to 40% in the process!
Choose your mid-week wedding carefully
A mid-week wedding is unlikely to be the same sort of celebration you’d have on a Saturday; therefore it’s important that you don’t enter into the decision lightly. After all, if you’re expecting a massive shin-dig on a Monday afternoon you’re almost certainly going to be disappointed.
A mid-week wedding suits a smaller, more intimate event. Close family members and friends may be more than happy to take a couple of days off work to celebrate with you but others might feel uncomfortable sacrificing those precious holiday dates. Also remember that unless it’s the school holidays, children will not be able to attend a lunchtime wedding (although many couples won’t be too disheartened by that!)
It’s also preferable to choose a day later in the week such as a Thursday. This means that the working week is nearly over and your guests are much more likely to let their hair down.
Mid-week weddings at Warley Park
Our great value all-inclusive packages include the stunning wedding pier for the ceremony and photographs, master of ceremonies, an arrival drink for each guest, three course wedding breakfast, half a bottle of wine per guest, chair covers, table line, crockery, cake stand and knife, evening finger buffet and disco. VAT is included.
In addition, if you want to opt for a festive wedding, our function suite will be decorated free of charge during December.
Our mid-week packages start at just £2399; prices are dependent on the season and amount of guests that will be attending.
Interest free payment plans are available to further help with your budgeting. And for a limited time only, Warley Park is taking an additional 10% off our published prices on Sunday to Thursday wedding packages until 2018!