(Closed) Lunch vs. Dinner Receptions

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I have heard that it often works out cheaper, because people drink less during the day! Also, since your venue will probably throw you out by 5PM you can have a nice relaxed evening.

I would love a lunch time reception, because we are getting married in a rural area with beautiful scenery… would be such a shame to miss that view in the dark! But FI thinks it isn’t a real party if it isn’t at night.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

The only downside I can think of is not having much time to get ready in the morning. This wouldn’t bother me as I am not the kind of girl who’ll want to spend 8hrs getting ready… but if you and your bridal party have a lot of prep to do, you don’t want to have to get up at 4AM to be ready for a morning ceremony!

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Mrs. Funnel Cake had a brunch wedding and it looked like it was plenty of fun!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Ooh, a brunch wedding would be so fun! All the best foods are breakfast foods!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I really pitched a brunch/early afternoon wedding to my FI, but he wasn’t going for it.  That way, you can get up, get ready, enjoy part of the day with friends/family, and then scram outta there and have a romantic dinner and evening with your new spouse!  Plus, as PPs said, it’s usually more economical, all the best foods in the world, and a little more light-hearted/less formal.  All advantages to me! 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

A major pro of daytime weddings is the cost!  You would spend less, but at the same time serve food that all of your guests will LOVE.  I have seen brunch menus that are just to die for.  You could serve fun morning drinks like mimosas and bloody marys, which people don’t get to drink all that often.

The one downside for me is I really want dancing at my reception, and I would be afraid that at a daytime wedding, people may not be up for it as much.  But if a low-key celebration is more your style, this is a non-issue. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@LadyElva:  

Afternoon receptions are far cheaper and usually less formal. You would start getting ready in the morning. Evening receptions are more expensive and formal. You wouldn’t be waking up as early to get ready for an evening wedding.

 

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