(Closed) Evening versus daytime wedding

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Does the 1-4:30 time slot mean you have to be done at 4:30 and leaving the location? 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We had a daytime ceremony (3:30pm). Then we had cocktail hour/photos, and then a regular dinner reception in the evening. We left the reception briefly after dinner for some gorgeous sunset shots. We had the space until 1 am and we partied until they kicked us out, and this was a Sunday night! But I know that we were very lucky and this kind of atmosphere is rare for a Sunday wedding.

Is there a reason you don’t think an afternoon ceremony wouldn’t have the same atmosphere as an evening ceremony, do you not get the space for very long? I’ve never been to an evening wedding, and I always wonder how on earth people get married so late, and then have photos after, and then dinner, without everyone passing out due to hunger. Also I think if you are looking for a party atmosphere you would be more likely to get one with a daytime Saturday ceremony than a Sunday evening ceremony.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

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beka86 :  I would definitely do the evening slot. I like an atmospher for music, dancing, dinner, and drinks which is more of an evening event. It may be less livey in the daytime. Depends on the vibe you’re going for.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Ok in that case I would for sure do the evening slot. Not that there is anything wrong with brunch/lunch weddings, but if you want the party atmosphere I would say evening. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

I agree with PPs about the evening slot. If you’re super concerned about mid-day lighting.. maybe you could do a first look or bridal party photos before the ceremony? 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I would avoid the Sunday slot unless you are having a lunchtime thing and all of your guests are local.  If I were invited to a sunday wedding I would not be drinking (which isn’t the end of the world), I would be leaving by 8pm, and I would be spending a lot of the day focusing on the things i needed to do for work rather than the wedding.  Also, if you have traveling guests, they will need to take the day off on Monday for travel.  By having a Saturay wedding, people can travel after work on friday and get home before work on Monday.  If you go with Saturday, do a first look so you can get pictures during the day with your FH, bridal party, and family.  You can also get great photos by using twinkle lights/white christmas lights.  You also give yourself the opportunity to do pictures with sparklers.  

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