Post # 1
I would love some advice from past brides and others currently planning! I’m really torn about having a daytime versus an evening wedding. The venue my fiance and I are in LOVE with is a restaurant (the Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar, CA), which has a small lawn for the ceremony, a patio and a beautiful greenhouse dining room for reception, as well as a gorgeous vintage restaurant. We love every part of the place but just found out that a full buy-out would be too expensive for our budget. So our only options are: Daytime event (10-3) which we’d be allowed to use the lawn, patio/greenhouse, and the old English style pub part of the restaurant; or an evening event (4:30-11) which we could only use the lawn and patio/greenhouse – no other part of the restaurant and NO bridal suite. I’ve never been to a daytime wedding, and I’m not in love with the idea. Kicking everyone out at 3pm seems really early. We want to have a live band so I imagine evening would be more fun for dancing and such. But if we opt for the evening event, we’re limited in space, and I don’t like the idea of not having a bridal get-ready area on site. This is the only venue we’ve been really excited about, so I hate to give it up, but I’m really torn and unsure… thoughts?? Any opinions welcome!
Post # 3
@SaraCait: Does the place open for business at 3? If it does, there is nothing preventing the wedding guests from staying, and having some more drinks at the pub. We had a day time wedding, at a Church, and walked to a nice liittle house up the road for refreshments and photos, then our main reception was in the evening, at a different venue.
Day time weddings are the norm, in much of the world, and provide an excuse to wear Morning Dress, which is awesome.
Post # 4
We had a day time wedding!
It’s definitely not for everyone–Can you arrive last to the ceremony, and get ready in your hotel room?
Post # 5
We went for it! We’re officially booked for a daytime wedding. We can arrive as early as 9am, so we’ll probably do most of the hair/makeup at the hotel, then travel over to the restaurant to hang out in the bridal suite (which is a beautiful sunny dining room) til the ceremony around 11. We were able to extend the end time until 3:30. Unfortunately the pub doesn’t open until 4:30, and they have to kick everyone out at 4 to set up for dinner, so guests won’t be able to hang around for more drinks or anything. But we’re planning to do a casual get-together or cocktail party that evening, after we’ve done some pictures, probably around 5. However I’m worried that by then, people will be doing their own thing and maybe won’t come. Has anyone else done a similar schedule for their wedding day? Thanks for all the input!
Post # 6
@SaraCait: This sounds great! My wedding is at night, so I don’t have any experience to speak of, but I love the sound of your plan. Will most people (or a significant number) be traveling to your wedding? If so, I’d imagine you’ll have a pretty decent turnout for your evening event, since people will be somewhere different, so they won’t be rushing off to take care of their ordinary weekend tasks.
Post # 7
@SaraCait: I think you’re plan sounds awesome! I would LOVE to go to or host a day-time wedding!
As for your concerns, maybe you could include a note in the invitations letting people know about the after-party? It would give the guests a chance to go home/to the hotel and relax a bit, then head out for a bit more fun if they want. Or you could make it just a close family and Bridal Party thing, where you guys head out to grab some dinner and drinks together.
Post # 8
@SaraCait: We’re doing a Sunday late morning wedding and a brunch reception for a similar reason – the Saturday evening minimum was jaw dropping expensive.
We’re thinking of doing an after-party, which you could as well – wind things up around three, maybe give guests a little rest time and then hit another place for dancing?