It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Aussie couples prefer to get married on Saturdays. A 2017 survey showed a staggering 64% of couples opting for Saturday nuptials – safe to say, Saturdays really take the (wedding) cake! So where does Monday place in the wedding day race? Lucky last with only 2% of couples tie the knot on Mondays. While there’s nothing wrong with weekend weddings, it’s pretty darn disheartening to hear the venue of your dreams is booked out every weekend for the next 3 years. So, rather than waiting eons for your Saturday celebration, why not get married on a Monday? Here are 5 reasons why you should consider it:
venues and vendors are more likely to be available
If you and your partner pick a date that falls on a Monday, there is a much higher chance that your wedding venue and accompanying dream team of vendors will all be available. With most couples opting for a weekend wedding, this often leaves Monday’s books wide open for businesses. You may be pleasantly surprised to find just how many items you can tick off on your first-choice list (not to mention, how quickly).
Because Mondays are so rarely booked for weddings, you will have a multitude of mon-dates to choose from (even during prime wedding seasons). Rather than being restricted to the one Saturday available in 2025 in the midst of monsoon season, ask your vendors about their Monday availabilities and you will be spoilt for choice.
You’ll pay less (potentially, a lot less)
Whether you’re working with a tighter budget or just appreciate a good deal, having your wedding on Monday could save you big time. Quick PSA: the reason you’ll pay more for a weekend wedding is largely due to penalty rates and the higher demand for Saturday & Sunday celebrations. While cutting costs shouldn’t be your only motivating factor (you all deserve the wedding of your dreams), saving money in some areas allows you to splurge in other areas. For example, paying less for your venue by booking on a Monday can afford you the extra funds to get that wedding dress you’ve been eyeing off, allow your budget the wiggle room to invite an extra few guests, or even to treat yo-self to an extended honeymoon. It’s all about what’s most important to you (remember: your wedding, your way).
While we can’t speak on behalf of all vendors (or in this case, venues), we have personally seen minimum-spend requirements for weddings jump from $10 000 for a Monday to $30 000 for a weekend day. Now of course, other factors like the time of year can affect these costs, but if your dream venue’s minimum Saturday-spend can’t be met by the demands of your wedding, it may be time to consider moving your date to a Monday.
You’ll have the entire weekend before to prepare and relax
If you’ve never planned a wedding and you’re navigating the nuptial path sans help, it’s safe to assume that stress may get the better of you at certain times. This is why it’s so important to incorporate time for self-care along the way. Having an extra few days before your wedding to finalise without distractions or just unwind may be exactly what you need before your big day. Another perk? If you’re having a destination wedding, your guests will most likely arrive on the weekend prior so why not plan a little get-together? Meet for breakfast, organise a picnic; take the time to talk with your nearest and dearest before the wonderful whirlwind of your wedding day is underway.
Send out your invites ASAP. Most people work Monday – Friday so allow your guests some extra time to make arrangements around work and other weekday obligations.
Who else is guilty of reading the date on a wedding invite without checking the day? Some invitees may assume you’re having a weekend wedding so make sure “Monday” is written nice and clearly.
This one is pretty self-explanatory! Before you get your heart set on a particular Monday, make sure it doesn’t fall on a public holiday because vendors can take public holidays off work, too!
If you’re worried that your wedding guests will hold back their inner-party-animal at your Monday wedding celebrations, don’t be! Your family & friends aren’t just attending your wedding for the bar tab (we hope) and they will have a great time because they’re there to celebrate you. Regardless of the day, there will be ample time for your wedding posse to hit the dance floor and party hard, and if they party a little too hard, we won’t judge them for chucking a sickie on Tuesday.