(Closed) Night Wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
683 posts
Busy bee

I guess it depends on your guests. Will there many kids or elderly? Were you thinking a sunset wedding or something later? You have a lot of oppurtunities here- i think the best thing you can do it be detailed with your invites about the timeline, will it involve dinner, or just dessert, etc. so people can plan accordingly….

Post # 4
350 posts
Helper bee

7pm is a good start time, then have your reception go from 8-12?

Post # 5
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you are doing a Saturday night, you can do it pretty late. Most weddings run til 12AM or 1AM even if they don’t start that late. Lots of people do late evening dessert and champagne receptions.

Post # 6
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

It definitely depends on your guestlist.  You don’t want great aunt so-and-so and grandma such-and-such as well as any children getting tuckered out before the first course is served! 

Are you planning on having a long ceremony?  Same venue for ceremony/reception? Also, if you want to do a full meal, you may not want to serve dinner at 10pm. 

If you want it to be dark and decide that you don’t want to have it late in the evening, consider fall/winter.  It’s dark by like 4:30pm these days!  🙂

Post # 8
1565 posts
Bumble bee

Definitely depends on the season and how early it gets dark, as well as the guest list. We were going to do a late ceremony, but realized that many guests would prefer an earlier one. So I suggest you ask around a little bit. You don’t have to do exactly what anyone says, but at least you’ll have an idea of how people feel.

Post # 9
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I agree with miss meepsie, it turns dark really early in the winter time, but i love the idea of an evening wedding with the romantic candles and then having a passed hor dvoure and champagne reception!! can you say tres chic?!

Post # 10
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve always loved evening and night weddings.  To me they seem the most romantic and magical.  I think it’s perfectly ok to have it late.  It’s a special occassion and your guest will make the appropriate accomodations to be there.  If that means great aunt Ida needs to take a nap during the day before coming, so be it.  I’ve been to plenty of late evening weddings and elderly and children alike had a great time.  In fact most of the wedding I’ve been to have gone until 2am and almost everyone stayed the entire time.  Also, I think it’s perfectly fine to serve a late dinner.  Just because some people might eat dinner at 6 or 7 most days, doesn’t meal they’ll find it absolutely horrifying to eat it later on this one day.  They can have a mid afternoon snack in anticipation.  Trust me, no one will be complaining that their free meal is being served at 8 or 9 instead of 6.

On a side note, the best wedding I’ve ever been to did not start until 9pm!  We got there and they had heavy appetizers, (cocktail hour), before the ceremony.  Ceremony was around 10pm immediately followed by the  reception.  We left the reception around 4am and we were not even the last ones!  Everyone had an amazing time and loved the fact that it was a night wedding.  I think the fact that it was at night made it feel more special, like new years eve, or like when you got to stay up late as a kid.

Post # 12
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had a very very similar vision for my October wedding.  We chose a 6:30 start time because of the time change.  After our wedding, our guests went to the reception location while we were taken around the historic district of our city for pictures; it worked out perfectly because it was dark and candlelit by the time we got to our garden reception.  Good luck!

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