Post # 16
I’m a wedding photographer and have photographed plenty of daytime weddings. More common are mid-morning weddings with brunch receptions. They’re lovely and perfect for couples who aren’t into a big party reception.
The key is knowing your crowd, and going into it with an open mind. Generally speaking daytime weddings are much more low-key and tend to not be a big blowout. If you are expecting a lot of dancing or a long reception you might be dissapointed. If you’re ok with having a ceremony/meal and then most people heading home you should be fine.
Usually daytime weddings are much shorter. Once the ceremony ends and a meal has been served there’s usually a little big of mingling and then people head on out.
Post # 17
- Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom
We had a late morning wedding ceremony at 10 am followed by a lunch reception right afterwards – it was amazing! Because there was no dancing, we were able to end the reception at around 3 pm without having to encourage anyone to leave and had a drink with our groomsmen right afterwards at the hotel bar. Then Darling Husband and I were able to spend the whole rest of the day together by ourselves! We ended up taking a nap before we had dinner and opened our wedding presents. From what I heard, a lot of our friends and families from out of town broke off into smaller groups that night and had fun hanging out together. It was definitely more cost effective to feed our guests lunch rather than dinner, and we saved money on not having alcohol and music.
Post # 18
One of my closest friends did this. She decided to have a lunch reception because their honeymoon cruise leaves early the next day and to save on costs. She said her savings were about $10 per peson. She had 150 guests so she paid approximately $1500 cheaper on the all inclusive reception.
The reception ended at 5:30pm and it was in a hotel on a Saturday so experience-wise for a guest, yes, I felt like I was “being kicked out” or the party got cut short. I said this because there was another wedding reception (evening) across the hallway and as we were leaving, the guests at the other wedding just started arriving. I was somehow in the train of thought that, “It’s Saturday evening, shouldn’t this be time that we are arriving at the reception too?”. It was super sunny also when we were driving away from the parking lot to go home so it felt weird.
Unless budget is really an issue and the savings was a significant amount of money, I didn’t think the $1500 saved was worth to have a lunch wedding. She had a DJ too but less people danced compared to the evening weddings I’ve attended.
I’m sure lunch daytime weddings can be nice too but my friend’s wedding specifically was a bit awkward for me because it was planned out as if it was a night time wedding reception with dancing and drinking.
ETA: she also had to wake up at 4:30am for hair & makeup because her ceremony was 10:30am.
Post # 19
Catholics weddings are almost always daytime so this is what I’m used to. It’ll typically be a 2pm wedding with the reception from like 3:30-7:30pm. In the summer when it’s still light out it can be a bit jarring to be LEAVING a party at 7:30 instead of just arriving, but in my experience people dance and party just the same! Seriously, every 2pm wedding I’ve been to with the reception immediately following, it’s been a blast. Usually all the young people congregate at a bar afterwards for an after party that lasts till 2am and sometimes the bride and groom join! My Fiance and I are doing the “Catholic gap” so we’ll have a 2pm wedding but our reception won’t start till 5:30 and will go till 10:30, but if we did the typical schedule that I’ve seen, I know we would definitely join the after party with our friends. I think it just really depends on your guests. While my experience is daytime weddings are still huge parties with dancing and drinking, my Fiance and I went to a 2pm Sunday wedding of one of his friends and it was very mellow and calm and almost boring. Maybe because they had a bluegrass band or maybe because it was a Sunday. I don’t know. I definitely think there are ways to set the mood to get people partying regardless if it’s noon, 4pm, or 9pm.