By Paula Clark Ramirez with Historic Mankin Mansion

One of the most common comments that couples make after their wedding is, “It all went by so fast!” You spend months planning the perfect celebration, somehow manage to get all of the people you love in the same spot, and then in four or five short hours, it’s all over!

What if you could extend the party from a few hours to a few days and enjoy a longer wedding weekend? Holding a beautiful dusk wedding on a Friday is a great way to extend the celebration and enjoy time with your friends and loved ones on a relaxed timeline. Friday evening weddings leave your whole Saturday free. You can plan smaller events that allow you to socialize when the spotlight is off. Schedule a casual Saturday post-wedding brunch and an evening pub crawl. Or, book a laid-back all-day excursion. Your imagination is the limit!

Nicole Vance Photography

The wedding industry considers Saturday evenings gold. They are in the highest demand and usually cost the most. Friday night weddings may actually save you money and open up weekends that you thought were previously out of the question due to existing bookings. Be sure to ask your venue and vendors if there are special rates for Friday evening weddings – you may very well be pleasantly surprised.

Friday dusk weddings also give you more time to relax. There is no rush to get up at the crack of dawn to get your hair and makeup done. Instead, you can take some time to enjoy your morning with a massage, or a small private lunch with friends, before you start to get ready for the festivities.

A little-known benefit to Friday evening weddings is that they can help you pare your guest list down to include only the people who matter most to you. Since Friday is a workday for many, not everyone can take time off to attend. View that as a positive since only your best and closest friends and family will make the effort to be there, and that is exactly who you want to surround you when you say, “I do.”

KSant Photography

Whether you are most concerned with extending your party beyond just a few hours to a nice long weekend, or you simply want to keep your guest list under control, you’ll find Friday dusk weddings are a romantic, often underestimated, and wonderful opportunity to make your wedding goals and dreams come true!

Feature Photo: Kristine Pringle Photographers

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort and Bed & Breakfast. They have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate with couples and their families.