(Closed) Afternoon vs. Evening Weddings

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

What kind of feel are you going for?  Do you have the budget to serve a full meal or just cocktails and cake?  A wedding later in the evening would imply heavier partying and dancing than an afternoon wedding.  What kind of wedding reception do you envision?  My FH absolutely wanted an evening reception on a Saturday night because he wanted the big party.

Post # 4
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think it depends on what kind of wedding you’re looking to have.

If you want a ceremony, followed by reception dinner and a night of dancing, I would say late afternoon [ceremony 3ish]. If you just want a cocktail hour or something small, you could after an early afternoon ceremony [cocktail hour would be ending before dinner].

Post # 5
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We’re having a luncheon! The ceremony will start at 10:30am, hors d’evoures will start at 12, and lunch/cake will be from 1 to 3:30. Then, that night, we’re taking a party bus into Rochester to go dancing!

Post # 6
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Well, there’s pros and cons. On the one hand, I like that an afternoon wedding gets you home a lot earlier. One the other hand, an afternoon wedding eats up your day and sometimes I hate that. I guess if I had to choose, I would choose nighttime wedding as a bride and as a guest. 

Post # 7
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

In September I’d do evening so that guests can enjoy the sunset during the reception, especially if the venue has outdoor space or a view, etc.

Post # 8
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Evening usually means a more formal event… so depending on what you’re having at your event, that may determine the time. FWIW mine is starting at 6pm and is black tie.

Post # 9
4980 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m doing afternoon. It’s cheaper, and I get to spend actual alone time with my husband on our wedding day. We can get dinner together, either at a restaurant or in our hotel room, instead of collapsing into bed at 11 or midnight or something. 

Post # 10
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Our wedding ceremony was at 11:00 am, and we served a full meal for lunch-and danced all afternoon through evening, and then had an after party with particular guests before we left for our honeymoon night at probably 10pm, and I know the party went on after that!

Post # 11
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m having an afternoon wedding and reception, and I think it’s the best for us the couple, as well as our guests.  We will still have a full meal, cake, dancing, etc.  However, the whole day will be done by 5-5:30.  My FH and I can spend the evening together, and leave for our honeymoon the next morning without being totally exhausted from the night before.  Our Out of Town guests will be able to travel home afterwards, without having to pay for two nights in a hotel room (most of our Out of Town guests are only from a few hours away).  

I think the time of your wedding day should depend on what works for you as a couple, but as well as for your guests.  Think of the kinds of people you will be inviting, as well as if they will be from Out of Town or not.

Post # 12
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m having an afternoon reception running from 3-7. We are still doing a full meal, dancing etc. It’s also on a sunday so it givees guests time to travel back if they want to do so.

Post # 13
652 posts
Busy bee

Isn’t lunch reception usually cheaper?

Post # 14
855 posts
Busy bee

Ours will be pretty much all day.

2pm ceremony (giving us the morning to get ready and have a bit of lunch in the hotel room), 3pm-6pm, canapes, drinks, mingling etc. 6pm-8pm dinner, 8pm-12/1am dancing!

Pretty standard!

And I want my wedding day to last an entire day so I can make the most out of it 🙂

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