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One thing to consider is will you have enough time to get ready in the morning? I got married on Saturday, a 12pm ceremony. hair started at 6am and makeup at 7am, I had 3 bridesmaids. We were a little pressed for time for photos but ended up being right on schedule for ceremony.
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Definitely consider time to get ready in the morning. We had a 2pm ceremony and started getting ready at 9am (3 bridesmaids, mum and me), ready to leave for the venue at 1.30, so a total of 4 1/2 hours, which could make for a very early start!
Also take into consideration your guests. Are they local, or coming from far away? Will it mean they have to book 2 nights in a hotel, instead of 1? etc.
I love your ideas for the day with games and a band though!
Post # 4
I agree with prior posters. My daughter’s ceremony was at 6:00 PM and they started getting ready at 8:30 AM, with hair and make-up for the bride, mother, grandmother, flower girl, and 5 bridesmaids. Photos started at 2:30. If you want professional hair/make-up done, you’ll have to make sure they’re willing to come out that early, or if they do, won’t charge a lot more.
If your ceremony is outside at 10:00 AM, and then everyone heads into the air conditioning, you’ll be fine. Just make sure that guests aren’t seated with the sun hitting them in their faces. That’s what happened to my family at a 5:30 PM, northwest Florida wedding. (The bridal party was in the shade of a building).
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MacKahroni: If you do photos in the afternoon after the party is mostly over, I think this could work–but keep in mind that it will be in the heat of the day at that point, and you will probably need a major touch-up of everything hair and makeup related, especially if you’ve been dancing. Depending on what kind of flowers you have, they may not be at their best after the end of the reception as well.
How many girls do you have in your bridal party? How far away are you getting ready from the venue? That all makes a difference. We started getting ready at 7 a.m. for a 2 p.m. wedding, but that was with seven BMs, MOB and me, and we were 45 minutes from the ceremony site.
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MacKahroni: What a find! The water view is beautiful and the brick and windows of the reception space I just love!
As for your earlier than usual plans I think they sound wonderful! Just as some mentioned perviously just be mindful of how early you might have to get ready if you are planning for professional hair and makeup!
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I had a morning wedding (11 am ceremony) and it worked out great. I had my hair started at 8 am, make up at 9:15 then got dressed and did a few pre-wedding photos, got married then did the remaining photos with my DH and the wedding party after. Our lunch reception started at 1:15. We had 3 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen too.
Post # 8
I’ve been in a few late morning or early afternoon weddings. They can be beautiful and IMO are a nice change of pace for guests, who like that they still have a large part of the day free. Many older people appreciate that they don’t have to stay up late or drive anywhere at night.
It worked out especially easily when the bridesmaids used their own individual makeup and hair people and met up at the venue. The bride generously covered the cost in that instance. If you are not hung up on the need for the whole party to “get ready” together as a photo opportunity this can be very practical.
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No, I don’t think morning weddings are awful. For me, weddings that only start at 6pm or later and go until past midnight are awful. But that’s just me, I’m old before my time.
I think considering guest travel distances and time to get ready is good advice.
Otherwise, just know that day weddings are more relaxed. People will be more dressed down. The food and presentation will be less formal. You can have live music, but there will be less dancing than at an evening reception. There’s nothing wrong with any of this, it’s just a choice.
Post # 10
We had a morning wedding, and we loved it! It was the perfect relaxed feeling for us. We had brunch, board games – which people loved, music playing (swing, not “typical” wedding dance music) and people actually danced for a bit! It sounds a lot like your plan. I highly recommend if its your style. A few things to note:
-Timing: As PPs mentioned, you have to be ok with getting up early. We started hair and makeup at 7am, for an 11am ceremony, with 12:30pm-4:30pm reception.
-Photos: There isn’t as much time for lots of bridal party shots, unless you wait until after the reception is over. We got in some great pictures, but only spent about ~1/2 hour, while some brides like having tons of time for multiple locations, poses, etc
– Travel: Our location was far from where most of the guests lived. Those who came up and stayed overnight the night before loved the morning wedding as it let them spend time exploring the area after the event was over.We had a few who chose to drive in that morning ~2 hours and they had some run-ins with traffic, and I expect it was rushed for them. Consider where your guests will be the night before and how they will get there in the morning.
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If you want more of a nighttime or dance reception feel you can always look into covering the windows, adding lighting etc. If not, the view is lovely, but you may not have as many on the dance floor.
Post # 12
Thank you everyone for the input! That is a good point about having time to get ready!
Lalavla– Thank you! The funny thing is we originally looked into it for the budget friendly price, but I actually like it better than most of the venues around me!
whitemochi622– that is a good point! We are meeting with a photographer this weekend, so I might get his opinion on how he thinks it should go too.
MountainView– it’s nice to hear from someone who has done the same thing! thank you for that!
weddingmaven– Wow that is a really good idea! Thanks!