Have a Great Weekend or Have a Nice Weekend?

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If you have plans to have a quiet weekend at home or are looking forward to spending the next few days with friends and family, have a great time! But should we say to others, “have a great weekend” or “have a nice weekend”?

“Have a great weekend” and “have a nice weekend” are both acceptable ways of wishing someone well. They can be used interchangeably and are a good way to mark the beginning of the weekend!

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Other Ways to Say “Have a Great Weekend”

If you don’t want to say, “have a great weekend,” here are some alternatives:

  • Enjoy the weekend
  • Have a good weekend
  • Have a wonderful weekend
  • Have a fantastic weekend
  • Have a good time
  • Have fun
  • Enjoy your days off
  • Make the most of your weekend
  • Take some time to relax
  • Wishing you a fun and relaxing weekend
  • Have a blast this weekend
  • Enjoy yourself this weekend
  • All the best for the upcoming weekend

“Have a good time” is generally used for shorter periods of time. For example, if a work colleague was going out for drinks, you may say, “have a good time tonight.”

“Have a great/fantastic/wonderful weekend” can be used to wish someone joy.

“Have a blast this weekend” is another way of saying, “have a lot of fun this weekend.”

“Make the most of your weekend” means that you should enjoy the weekend as much as possible.

How to Wish Someone a Great Weekend

You may wish someone a great weekend on a Friday afternoon via text message or in person:

  • “Sounds like you have lovely plans for the weekend–have fun and enjoy it.”
  • “Have a lovely weekend! Just have fun and have a good time.”
  • “I hope you have a fantastic weekend ahead.”
  • “Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll see you first thing on Monday.”
  • “Enjoy this weekend–catch up on your sleep. You worked hard this week!”
  • “Put the screens aside this weekend and get some fresh air! I heard it is going to be good weather!”
  • “Have a nice weekend, my friend! Great to get the break.”
  • “Have a great weekend. Take some time to enjoy yourself. You deserve it!”
  • “Enjoy your weekend. It’s a break from the day-to-day, have fun!”
  • “Have a great weekend–I hope you have some relaxing time.”
  • “Hope you have a relaxing weekend!”

“Have a Great Weekend” Reply

You might respond to the “have a great weekend” wishes like this:

  • Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!
  • “Have a great weekend as well.”
  • “Same to you.”
  • Have a terrific Friday and a great weekend!
  • “Hope you have an awesome Saturday and Sunday too.”
  • “I hope you have a lovely weekend.”
  • “Have a wonderful time tomorrow.”
  • “Thank you, you as well.”
  • “Have a great weekend also.”
  • “Enjoy the weekend!”
  • “Hope you have fun this weekend.”
  • “I wish you the same!”
  • “Have a great weekend ahead too.”
  • “You too. Have a great weekend!”
  • “Wishing you an awesome day tomorrow, have a great time on the weekend.”
  • “Thank you, and have a good weekend.”

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I say “have a great weekend” in a business email?

Yes, “have a great weekend” is fine to write in an email at the very end of a conversation. It’s a way of letting the person know you don’t need them for anything else and you are wishing them well for the weekend to come.

Which is correct- have a great weekend everyone or everybody?

You can say “everyone” or “everybody”, both words can be used interchangeably. Most people think that “everybody” is less formal than “everyone” which you might want to keep in mind before you use one of these terms.

Is it ok to say, “have a great weekend ahead?”

Yes, “have a great weekend ahead” is correct. “Ahead” is an unnecessary word, therefore, you don’t have to include it in your speech if you don’t want to. “Ahead” just means the upcoming weekend.

Have a great weekend too” or “have a great weekend to”?

We say, “have a great weekend too.” We can alternatively say “as well” instead of “too.”

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Have a Great Weekend in Other Languages

The phrase “have a great weekend” in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese and Japanese:

Spanish¡ Qué tengas un gran fin de semana! 
FrenchBon Weekend
ItalianBuon fine settimana
GermanSchönes Wochenende!

Thank you for reading, and have a great weekend!

Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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