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Holiday Weekend Weddings: How to Be Good to Your Guests

Holding your nuptials over a long weekend requires special guest treatment.

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One of the great wedding debates centers celebrations taking place on or around Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, or any other long holiday weekend. Should you do it? Will guests appreciate it or be annoyed that they're "losing" the chance to go away for three days on their own? If you've considered the pros and cons and have decided that there are more benefits than disadvantages, check out the following tips on making the experience great for your guests.

 

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Give plenty of notice.

That means sending out save-the-date cards to the entire guest list as soon as you've chosen the date and booked your venue. This will give everyone time to reserve flights and hotel rooms during a popular getaway period; it also gives them a heads up before making vacation plans of their own. Include your names, your wedding date, the venue and its location, your wedding website, and any group air or hotel arrangements you've made.

 

Consider plus-ones.

If you're having a three-day wedding at a resort in the Caribbean, wine country, or any place that can be considered a vacation destination, single guests may be more amenable to attending if they can bring a date. Before you extend the invite, estimate how many guests you think will decline your invitation. Could plus-ones make up the difference without destroying your budget?

 

Don't feel guilty.

If the holiday runs Saturday through Monday, it doesn't matter much if you schedule your wedding for Saturday or Sunday—it's still going to be smack in the middle of the weekend, and guests still won't be able to make other plans. But here's where the "don't feel guilty" part comes in: It's your wedding, your decision, and no one is obligated to attend. On the other hand, don't make any guest feel guilty if they RSVP with a no.

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Nancy Mattia

Though Nancy has been writing about weddings for years, she admits that watching a bride walk down the aisle—even on TV—still makes her tear up. The New York-area writer's other favorite wedding moments are when the groom sees the bride for the first time, hearing the toasts, and when she sees a waiter with a tray full of hors d'oeuvres walking towards her. 

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