Getting hitched? Saying "I do" during the work week is on the rise. According to the 2018 Real Weddings survey from The Knot, roughly one in five couples walking down the aisle in the past seven years has done so on Monday through Friday.
Now, in a new piece from The Atlantic, Ashley Fetters takes a closer look at the trend. Interestingly, saving money isn't the only inspiration for tying the knot on a weekday. Of course, that's one popular reason to wed on a work night, but other reasons include booking a dream venue that is otherwise reserved for months and because one partner has to leave for a work relocation or to serve in the Armed Forces.
Certain duos simply plan a weekday wedding due to a preference for a particular date, Fetters notes, such as Halloween or Valentine's Day, or even their anniversary. Sometimes, having a weekday wedding (much like a destination wedding) can whittle down the guest list — a perk for some couples — since not everyone will want to take off from work or travel on a work night.
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"The rise of the weekday wedding, however, is just part of a larger trend that [Kristen Maxwell Cooper, editor-in-chief of The Knot has observed over the past five years or so: the abandonment of the traditional wedding format in favor of a celebration tailored to what the marrying couple finds meaningful or special," writes Fetters.
So what do you think of the choice to wed on a weeknight? Would you want to eat, drink, and be married on a Monday?