Post # 1
We were thinking of doing a daytime wedding in order to save costs, mainly on food and drink (people I assume will drink less during the day, and lunches are generally cheaper). Is it weird to have a wedding that ends at a certain time (does it feel like you’re kicking people out at 5, 6pm?) Did it actually save costs? Did you do anything later on at night, like a dinner with just family after? Our venues options would all be lovely for daytime events! Any tips would be appreciated!
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 29th, 2016
scatthecat : We had a morning wedding and brunch reception. Just food and drinks, no dancing there. It was immediate family and a couple friends, and we all had traveled for it. After the reception, hubby and I went back to our hotel room to take a nap! Our family that stayed in town for a bit longer did the same to rest up for sight seeing, and our other family and friends headed back home shortly after. We actually had 2 dances at our ceremony, but it wasn’t your typical wedding ceremony by any means.
Post # 3
ladyvictoria : Sounds fun! Did you feel like you missed out on anything? and was it cheaper?
Post # 4
not weddings, but i’ve been to many daytime bar and bat mitzvahs. dancing and eating are pretty much the same night and day.
the brunch weddings i’ve been to had no dancing.
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 29th, 2016
scatthecat : We had a blast. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything, but we got married on Good Morning America …it was an amazing experience. My FIL & MIL covered the cost of the brunch, but we literally just reserved a private room of a restaurant and ordered what we wanted off the menu. I do believe it ended up being around $90 per person (19 of us for brunch in NYC) but we ordered steaks and celebratory mimosas, scotch, etc..
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park
We had a daytime wedding, then had a nice dinner with our bridal party afterwards. We’re not really a “dancing” sort of crowd.
Post # 7
I worry about this too! I’m planning on having a state park wedding and that means everyone will have to be out by sunset. I love music and must have dancing at my wedding! Hopefully people will be ok with dancing while it’s still daylight outside
Post # 8
scatthecat : We held our main reception before our wedding ceremony, actually, and had a big bbq. Just a hangout, really. Our wedding was 7:30 with the goal of sunset on the cliffs behind us (it rained – figures) and we just did dessert after. Even though by then it was dark, we had minimal dancing and really didn’t miss it. Just not our style.
If you love the nighttime party vibe, yeah you probably will regret not having it for your own wedding, but if you don’t care at anyone else’s wedding (I sure don’t!) then you aren’t going to miss it at your own either.
Post # 9
I had a daytime wedding and I would not trade it for an evening wedding. A benefit is you actually get to spend the whole wedding day together instead of apart getting ready. We left our wedding around 4 pm and had a big send off. It was really nice to go to dinner together later in the evening and enjoy alone time without being exhausted.
Post # 10
My wedding is not a daytime or brunch wedding, but, I have been to a few.
I think they’re great, for certain types of people. If you/your friends aren’t a “party/dance” crowd, this might be for you. However, if you’re expecting a club/dance/etc. type vibe, I wouldn’t recommend.
All the brunch weddings i’ve been to have been short, casual, with no dancing. Brunch served, usually mimosas, and then done early.
Post # 11
scatthecat : We had a morning wedding followed by brunch and it was amazing! We’re not dancing people, so the “club” atmosphere or typical wedding DJ stuff didn’t appeal to us. We’d rather enjoy good food, drinks, company, and a beautiful atmosphere.
We had our brunch at a 5-star hotel in downtown Chicago and they have a beautiful outdoor terrace that feels like a tropical resort – we had exclusive use of the terrace in addition to the ballroom, with bars in both locations. By about 4:00 most people were gone and we went upstairs to our gorgeous suite and took a nap, then ordered room service and enjoyed the evening together. We left for our honeymoon early the next morning, so it was really nice to have that downtime.
Post # 12
scatthecat : We had a late morning wedding and a brunch reception. The food was a hit and everyone got to see our lovely venue in daylight. It was a lot cheaper and to my delight all our vendors added upgrades to their services for us. We really appreciated that.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
I guess ours will be a little different. We’re not into dancing but we both love music plus a few of our family and friends will dance no matter the time of day or location. 😄 We were getting married at a local park with an 11 am ceremony and lunch reception but changed it to a golf course venue with 3:30 pm ceremony and dinner reception. Its on a Sunday which is cheaper but either way we definitely would have had music. At the park guests could have used the gazebo for dancing at the new venue the reception area is all hardwood with room to dance. Not expecting a major party vibe and a few people will likely leave early which we’re fine with. The brunch wedding I attended had light background musuc and no dancing but it was my favorite of the three I’ve been to.
Post # 14
My ceremony was at 11 a.m. followed immediately by a reception at the same venue with lunch type foods and cake. No alcohol. We did have music playing, but there was no dancing really. We wanted a small, quick wedding in the morning because we left for our honeymoon the same day and wanted to get it over with ASAP. I have anxiety about being the center of attention. We were out of there by 12:30 pm. Everyone, including vendors, told me how much they enjoyed the wedding being that time of day because they didn’t have to give up their entire Saturday for it. It was MUCH cheaper to pay for lunch for 100 guests rather than dinner for 100 guests plus alcohol and music. I had a fairly small budget for the wedding (compared to national average) and ended up coming in under budget and still had all the bells and whistles as far as music, food, cake, dress, flowers, etc.
Post # 15
This may be unpopular, but I just have less fun at brunch weddings. They aren’t the party atmosphere, there’s very little dancing, and people are way more mellow. My SIL had a brunch wedding and literally had the DJ begging people to get up and dance because she wanted people on the dance floor. They had a photo booth, but there’s only so many pictures you can take before it gets boring.