Many people (including me) like to compare planning an Eagle court of honor with planning a wedding. But there are plenty of differences including–let’s hope!–cost.
One big difference is when the events occur. You don’t have to go to very many weddings to realize that Saturday is the most popular day of the week for people to get hitched. One study found that seven out of 10 weddings occur on Saturdays, and I’d bet most of the rest occur on Friday evenings or Sunday afternoons.
Courts of honor, on the other hand, can occur just about any time during the week. Some troops hold them in lieu of their regular troop meetings, which probably means a weeknight. Other troops follow the wedding model and focus on weekends.
There’s no right answer here, but it’s important to think about how when affects who. If the honoree’s family is hoping for a lot of out-of-town guests, a Saturday is probably the best option since it allows for travel time. If they want to fill the chairs with current troop members, it probably makes sense to hold the ceremony at the same time (and place) as your troop meetings.
So when you start planning your next court of honor, start with the guest list. Thinking about who will help you make a better decision about when.
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