Post # 1
Hi everyone 🙂 I’m new and not yet engaged, but I know that it’s coming this fall 😉
Anyway, my boyfriend and I have talked a LOT about what we want for a wedding, and one of the things that I brought up was that I was thinking of having a Saturday morning wedding followed by a lunch reception (event from 10AM – 3PM – setup would actually start at 8:30AM …early I know!)
I’m just curious about opinions on AM weddings! Are they inconvenient or has anyone gotten complaints about them? I’d love to hear your opinions!
Post # 3
@inky_1: i think they would be fine, just you would have to get up earlier to get ready, but i don’t think it would be too inconvenient for the guests, as it is a Saturday morning 🙂 also you would certainly save some money on the alcohol consumed! and it may be cheaper having a lunch reception than a dinner, but i am not 100% sure on that. it sounds like a great idea to me 🙂
Post # 4
@inky_1: you won’t have much time to do your hair and makeup.
Is your wedding going to be completely finished at 3pm? That’s odd to me as weddings here go on from lunch time to the early hours of the morning.
Post # 5
Haha…ooh I don’t know… my family can drink at any time of day 😛
I would save money, true… the venue that I really really want has lower minimums for morning weddings. But, mostly, I’m just not a night person. I’m a total morning person, and it just “feels right” lol
Post # 6
It’s your wedding – I say go for it if it feels right to you! Personally I would be pumped about a morning wedding. It’s something different. I know some people would be disapointed not to party all night, but you could always do a smaller family/friends event that night.
Post # 7
For the record, I have not attended an AM wedding. However, I am planning one of my own.
We plan on getting married at 10:30 am (ceremony should end about 11:15 am), and have the lunch reception start at 12:30 pm.
From our immediate family there has been no complaints to my knowledge. For anyone that complains, I just don’t care : )
We’ll save money with a lunch and less alcohol (we’re just doing a champagne toast.)
We’ll also have lots of light for pictures- we’ll be taking some pictures after the reception as well.
Our reception won’t last as long, but most of our friends and family aren’t big dancers anyway, so it worked out for us.
Do what’s best for you. Just curious- why are you planning on a morning ceremony/ lunch reception?
Post # 8
@Irish-bride: I believe the ceremony would start at 10/10:30 and would be followed immediately by the reception (same location), which would be over by 3/3:30, though I believe that we could pay for extra hours if needed.
The way I’m picturing it is to do a food station/passed hors d’ouerve lunch reception as opposed to a plated meal. It’s possible, also, that after the wedding and reception, family could gather at my father’s house (which is close by) just to spend time together. But that would only be if they wanted to do so – those who wanted to leave could head home.
Keeping in mind, of course, that I’m not even engaged yet and so VERY new to this wedding planning thing 🙂
Post # 9
I say go for it! I been to one brunch reception and it honestly was so nice. If you aren’t nighttime party people, then there is no need to have a reception like that.
The one I went to served brunch, champagne,beer, and light cocktails like bellinis and mimosas all suitable for daytime weddings, they had a jazz quatet playing in the background, every mingled, some light dacing. It was great go for it!
Post # 10
@Pearberry: Well, I admit that part of the “why” is to save money. My “dream venue” has much lower minimums for afternoon weddings than they do for evening weddings. That being said, I am currently planning to pay for everything myself and am thinking any help that parents want to offer will be a blessing, but not something I’m banking on..if that makes sense.
On top of that, most of our guests will be older…god-willing, my then-100 year old great grandmother will still be able to make it! But even if she is not with us any longer, I still am planning for most of the attendees to be family — none of whom are going to be big into dancing and drinking late into the evening.
I also am personally a morning person — it’s when I feel best; it’s my happiest time of day 🙂 I love the look of this venue in the morning, and I don’t really want to be up and out late.
Post # 11
If your family and friends are not the “partying” type then go for it. I view morning weddings as very small and intimate.
My family and his want to dance and drink the night away. So a morning wedding would confuse the hell out of them.
Post # 12
@inky_1: I think we share alot of the same reasons for a morning wedding : ) We’re having about 60 people (I think it will be more like mid-50’s), and this works out well for us. There’s no way we could afford our venue for dinner.
Post # 13
I’ve been to two morning weddings and enjoyed myself. This is coming from someone who a) is not a morning person AT ALL and b) who loves to boogey down and party at weddings. But really I had fun. It’s a different kind of fun. First the food was actually really good. And like TwoCityBrides mentionned they had light cocktails. Plus the non-party atmosphere really gives you a chance to mingle and socialize with people. If that’s what suits you then go for it!!!
Post # 14
@Rush1986: If my family tells me they’d prefer to dance and drink the night away, I’ll probably have to reconsider my vision…and venue.
As of now, I really want this wedding to be kind of themed around “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow…” so it’s going to be a very sentimental type of event, which is very me and very much my boyfriend as well. NEITHER of us are drink and party-it-up people: he doesn’t really drink at all, and I rarely drink too.
Post # 15
@inky_1: sounds like a morning wedding would be the perfect option for you two 🙂
Post # 16
Based on your reasons, I think a morning/afternoon wedding sounds perfect for you and your guests. If you like the idea of it then definitely go for it! I see absolutely no reason it would be inconvenient because it will still be over the weekend. If people are coming from out of town, they can stay over in a hotel on Friday night and have plenty of time to drive home on Saturday after your wedding is over.