- 5 years ago
Hi everyone! This is my first time writing a board and I would love any advice! My fiance and I are planning a morning/afternoon wedding and reception. We are not night owls and are not the type of people that want to be partying it up until midnight. Our families are also not late people are some are coming from an hour away and some like to be home early so I don’t want to inconvenience them either. Also, we love brunch food and are hoping to have it at the wedding which is another reason we want a morning/afternoon wedding. We are Catholic and are hoping to have the wedding at 11am followed by a 12-1 cocktail hour with fruit, breakfast danishes, appetizers, etc. and the reception lasting from 1-5.
I am wondering if anyone has done a day/afternoon wedding before. What was your timeline for the morning, what time did you have to wake up? I want to get my hair done, along with my 3 bridesmaids and a little something for my flower girls hair. I also want to have enough time to get ready and not feel rushed. Our church is about 15 minutes away from where we’ll be getting ready. Could anyone share their timeline for the morning? I would love the advice!!
Also, if anyone had an afternoon wedding, was there a lot of dancing? I am doing everything that would normally happen at a nighttime wedding. I’ve seen a lot of people on the boards stating that they are having a brunch/afternoon wedding because they don’t want to have to dance. I am the total opposite! I am choosing afternoon because of the time of day and the type of food. We are still doing all the traditional dances, bouquet toss, garter toss, cake cutting, having a DJ, etc. We are also having an open bar with soda, beer, liquor, mixers, etc. My parents think that people will still dance just like they normally would. I partly agree because I think that if people are drinking, they may be feeling the dancing a lot more, haha! I wanted to know if anyone had experience with dancing at an afternoon people. People also say that the guests will follow the lead of the bride and the groom and they’ll dance if we are dancing. I want some photos of people dancing at my wedding and having a good time so it is very important to me! I am also hoping to have a photobooth and those cute “I Spy” sheets that some couples put on the tables for people to find things to take pictures of so the guests will be able to do activities too!
I would love any advice on a morning/afternoon wedding timeline, dancing, opinions, etc. Thank you so much!!