(Closed) Lunchtime or Dinnertime Wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Lunch or Dinner Wedding?
    Lunch (Noon-3pm) : (19 votes)
    31 %
    Dinner (6pm-9pm) : (40 votes)
    66 %
    Other (please share ideas!) : (1 votes)
    2 %
    None of it. This is the end of the world. Run away and buy a pony with your wedding funds. : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    6741 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I prefer evening weddings as long as they’re not on a Sunday (or a day before a workday).  Since 6/15/13 is a Saturday, I would say the evening.  Are you concerned that it might be really hot at 4pm?  Having a later wedding gives you more time during the day to get ready, so you won’t have to be up at 5am to get your hair and makeup done.  Is the price different between lunch and dinner or it’s the same price regardless?  If it’s cheaper for lunch, then I might do that, but it sounds like you would be getting married at like 10am. 

    Post # 4
    942 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Will there be dancing? If so, evening is best

    Post # 5
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Normally I’d pick dinner but considering the $5,000 budget I think you’ll have an easier time with lunch.

    Post # 6
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    If you skip cocktail hour nobody would notice as long as you went right to dinner. So if you’re ok with having a first look instead of pictures in between, I’d do dinner. 

    Post # 7
    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We’re doing “hors d’oevres, drinks and desserts” (the exact working on the invite) from 2-6pm.  It will be at a local inn we frequent, immediately following the ceremony that is two blocks away.

    Post # 8
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it depends.

    If you want a very casual, light affair, then go with lunch. We’ve been to a couple lunchtime weddings and the feeling is very casual and low-key with minimal dancing. People came, mingled, ate, danced to a tune or two, and left. Alcohol consumption was usually very low. Definitely kid-friendly.

    If you want an upscale, formal affair, I would go with evening. The evening ones we’ve been to have more dressed up people and the food is usually prettier and more elegant. It’s not always super kid-friendly but definitely included dancing and alcohol consumption.

    Not sure how prices are in your area and what is included in your $5k, but that might be tight for an evening wedding, especially if you want at least wine and beer for a medium-sized wedding or larger.

    Post # 9
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We served a late lunch (thank you catering prices!!) and people still danced & boogied on the dance floor.  Here’s our timeline:

    ceremony 1pm

    cocktail hour for guests/we finished up wedding party pics 1:30-2:30

    reception entrance/first dance 2:30-2:45

    lunch served 2:45

    continued with dancing and did the cake/garter/bouquet until about 6pm

    After everything was said & done many of our guests met at the hotel where our out of towners were staying & had dinner and continued to party well into the night.

    Post # 10
    2775 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    As a guest I prefer evening, but if you’re worried about budget, lunch can be less expensive because you can get away with lighter food (most people don’t want a heavy meal in the middle of the day) and there is less expectation of alcohol.

    Post # 11
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Go for lunch!  You will be able to see the ocean view better AND its saves money.  Plus I like brunchy wedding food better than nighttime wedding food.  (Yeah I just said brunchy, so what?)

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