According to experts, weekday weddings are becoming more popular.
While Saturdays remain the most popular, brides who are banking on a budget seem to be having mid-week weddings instead.
"The wedding, it was breathtaking. It was beautiful,” Antonio Gonzalez said, who married his bride last August at Aria in Prospect.
He said it was the first and only venue the couple saw.
They didn't opt for a Friday or Saturday wedding.
Instead, 125 people attended their Thursday night ceremony and reception, with only five not joining the party.
“It gives your guests an excuse to take a long weekend. Like, who wouldn't want to do that, Especially in the summer?” said Daniella Gonzalez.
Lina Mosca, sales manager at Aria, said the advantage of having a wedding on a Thursday is couples get the same location, food and atmosphere with a huge savings.
"Savings wise, for the bride and groom, it could be a 40 percent savings doing it on a Thursday night compared to a Saturday night,” Mosca said.
Lisa Antonecchia, who owns Hamden-based Creative Concepts By Lisa, said she sees weekday weddings becoming popular.
"In the past year, I've provided services for a Tuesday night wedding and a Thursday night wedding. On nights like that, you have more flexibility to negotiate pricing in particular when it comes to your food and beverage costs,” Antonecchia said.
She is a full service wedding planner who helps as much or as little as brides and grooms need.
"Any larger facility will be more apt to want to talk about negotiations on a Tuesday night,” she said. “You're going to bring them 200 people with a sit down dinner and a bar. They're going to want to talk to you. Obviously some venues still provide flexibility on a Friday night and or Sunday, but definitely Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays have become very normal.”
She said she doesn't think it is selfish, especially if guests are local.
Brides and grooms can also find savings on everything from the disc jockey or band, to the flowers.
Especially when a young couple is paying, the savings can make a big difference as the pair starts out.
"Definitely, yes. It was definitely a consideration because it was definitely cheaper Thursday night,” Daniella Gonzalez, adding that the savings was a few thousand dollars.
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