Post # 1
So I’m not typically a morning peroson at all. I even just told someone yesterday that I would never have a morning/early afternoon ceremony. However, the most brilliant idea just popped into my head. Since I’ve gotten engaged I’ve been dying to have a summer beach wedding. However, I have not been able to find any viable options for a private beach wedding. That means having a beach ceremony may mean having do it at a public beach, surrounded by strangers in bikinis. This does not appeal to me in the slightest. Now, I’m thinking that if I have a sunrise ceremony, I can still have the beach wedding I’ve always wanted, it can still be intimate, romantic, and somewhat private, and still take place at a public beach.
Aside from more privacy, It will probably also be a cost effective option. Our budget is only $15,000.00, so anyway we can save money will be great. This option will allow us to not have to worry about paying a ceremony site fee, will allow us to just do a champagne breakfast reception (breakfast food is cheap and we won’t need an open bar), and probably allow us to save on reception venue site fees(with it being morning & all).
I’m thinking that I’ll probably have the wedding on a Sunday, if we go this route. We’ll do a nice welcome dinner the friday night before with good food, good booze, and some sort of entertainment. And we’ll plan some wedding weekend event for that Saturday afternoon.
Thoughts anyone? I’ve never heard of anyone doing a Sunrise Ceremony before, so I’m not sure how this will go over with our guests. Please feel free to burst my happy little bubble, if you think I’m being unreasonable to expect my guests to wake up at the crack of dawn.
Post # 2
Sunrise in the summer is at like 6-6:30am. Which would mean a guest would have to be up by 5am or earlier to attend. There are VERY few people I would do that for (and I’d bitch about it a lot). If you do this, expect many guests to RSVP no.
Post # 3
chaibella: I don’t think I would make a sunrise wedding even if it were my own. That’s just way too early to get up, dressed and travel.
Post # 4
Glasgowbound: Hmm. . . I was thinking about 7am. I suppose I didn’t account for sunrise being earlier in the summer. This idea just popped into my head about 30 minutes ago, so I guess I didn’t get that far. As far as people not coming, I’m not really worried about that. I’m not having a huge wedding anyway, so no one that I’m inviting will be anyone whose going to RSVP “NO” due to the time. Its all very close family and very close friends. No co-workers, great great aunts, 3rd cousins, or casual acquaintances. If I got married at 3am on the moon they’d be there. I’m not saying they won’t bitch about it though. They probably would, but they’d still be there. However, I don’t want to be too inconsiderate. Maybe I need to think this over some more. . .
Post # 5
chaibella: so would this be a destination wedding where everyone is already at the same hotel where the beach is or one people would have to get up super early and drive to etc? there are lots of ways to save money when wedding planning but I’m a firm believer that it shouldn’t be done at the expense of your guests comfort. I’m a morning person but no way would I enjoy having to get up in the wee small hours for a sunrise wedding ceremony. People do remember how they are treated at weddings – the main thing Darling Husband and I recall about one friends wedding was that it was over 100 degrees and they had a ceremony woutside with no shade and no drinks available until an hour after it ended it. That is what ultimately sticks in our memory.
Post # 6
chaibella: Give them the option of showing in their pajamas. A sunrise ceremony is just plain inconvenient.
Post # 7
Lollybags: It would be a destination wedding, where everyone is at the hotel where the beach is. My main reason for wanting to do it so early though, is because I want a little privacy at the beach, and the beaches that I’ve been looking at are public. I just want to beat the crowds of sandcastle builders, volleyball players, and surfers. I want quiet, intimate, and romantic. But I haven’t found any good options for private beaches for the ceremony. Saving money is just a perk, not the reason for wanting to do it early. I know there are other ways to save.
Post # 8
I totally get not wanting stangers in bathing suits there during your ceremony, but there has to be another way. Also think of yourself. You’d have to get up at like 4am to get your hair and makeup done!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
If I was staying close to (or ideally AT) the location, I would be all over this! It sounds beautiful and unique. I mean I would be bitching to myself a bit when I had to get up, but I’m sure once it was going, I’d love it.
However, you should plan it for a date like mid to late September, as sunrise gets later and later once you get past June 21.
Gotta add that I’m a wildlife biologist and have to get up before sunrise all the time for work, so I’m used to it (although I’m definitely not a morning person unless I have to be). So maybe other people would be more pissy about it. Speaking of which, I need to go to bed soon as my alarm is set for 4:15 am…
Post # 10
OK I’ve tried a million times to add a link to my comment and it keeps erasing my entire post (#newweddingbeeproblems) … anywho I think its a great idea , i’ve seen this done before BUT it was because the wedding venue was right next to the hotel everyone stayed at , this was done byt the photography i wanted to hire in Punta cana DR … check out her blog and choose the confessions tab Katya Nova Photography go to her own wedding blog where you can see how it was done 🙂
Good luck !
Post # 11
If it was anyone other than my own sister getting married, I’d decline, no matter how close we are. If it were my sister, I’d go and I’d give her the stink-eye the whole time. It’s incredibly inconsiderate for your guests. If I want to go back to sleep after breakfast, I’d have to buy another night in the hotel and take a day off work to travel home on Monday since most hotels kick you out at 11 or noon, and if I didn’t go back to sleep, my day would be pretty much shot by having to get up at 4 or 5 am and then having drinks at 8 am. It just sucks. And a lot of people simply won’t turn down a wedding invite so you might have guests who are seriously unhappy.
Post # 12
chaibella: I would not attend a wedding that was at 6:30-7 a.m.
Post # 13
yeah. unless it was my brother getting married, or my aunt, i wouldn’t get up and be on a beach at 7am. no matter how close i am to the person getting married, not gonna happen.
the last wedding (destination wedding) we attended was a morning ceremony on the beach at 9:30am. my Fiance and i were up at 6:00 because we had to get ready and have breakfast before the ceremony. it was awful. we’re not morning people at all, and neither were the bride and groom. everyone was exhausted, and half of us were still drunk/hungover from the night before. i understand why they did what they did. but it was so inconvenient.
Post # 14
Well, that was a rather short lived fantasy. I ran the idea past my Fiance when he got home, and it turns out that he doesn’t like the idea much either. And it would have been so beautiful! Dammit! Back to the drawing board. Ugh!
Post # 15
chaibella: you could do sunset and have the same kind of feel as that photo has?