Post # 1
I am having a destination wedding in Costa Rica in May and have decided on a morning wedding, because Mr and I LOVE brunch and we really wanted brunch reception. I was hoping to have a 10-1030am wedding but now my wedding planner is saying we should shoot for 9am because that will give us better light/and it won’t be as hot.
As for my timeline, I planning to follow the ceremony with a “cocktail hour” with passed breakfast nibbles (french toast sticks, egg scramble cups, mini muffins, mini beignets, etc), juice bar, and various tropical mimosas. Then brunch buffet and a cake and champagne reception in the evening. We rented a villa on the beach (http://www.facebook.com/puntodevistacr) where we will be staying and we will be getting married on the beach right out front. Then we will be having the brunch on the covered 4th floor terrace at the villa and the evening reception on the rooftop terrece/dance area of the villa.
What do you think? Is 9am ridiculous?? I definitely wouldn’t consider it for a regular wedding, but since everyone will be staying at the same location, and its a fairly small wedding (only 30 guests outside of the wedding party).
Post # 3
not gonna lie, i’d be kind of annoyed if i had to be at a 9am wedding, but i am NOT a morning person. i think 10 is more realistic. also, if your wedding is at 9 you would have to start getting ready at like 6am probably. i don’t think it is going to be too hot at 10am, and then the brunch is in a covered area so it will protect you from the sun.
Post # 4
Could you do photos at 9 (if the light is an issue) but not start till later? I’d imagine if the wedding was at 10 or 10.30 and the reception was at 10.30 or 11 then that’d be the perfect time for breakfast/brunch food.
Post # 5
I agree with Camrie…see about the photos first for the lighting and then do the rest following! Sounds amazing though! Good luck!
Post # 6
I actually think 10:00 would be the perfect time. I wouldn’t be annoyed though if you HAD to do it earlier, especially since it is a destination wedding. No one is traveling, they are already there.
PS – I LOVE the brunch idea. I would be so excited to come to a wedding like that! I love breakfast 😉
Post # 7
I voted 11, but if everyone is already there, 10 could possibly work. Though I went to a 10 AM wedding once and it was pretty miserable. Also to consider is are a lot of guests coming from an earlier or later time zone? When I travel west to east I am a night owl whereas if I’ve traveled east to west, I’m up and perky early.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies… lots of really great ideas. I will definitely talk to the photographer and my wedding planner about the light issue. I just don’t want to have all my ceremony pictures come out weird because of the light.
The time zone point is also a good one, most of my guests are either coming from east to west OR coming from the same time zone but a few are coming from California so they be losing about an hour.
I mean all the guests are our closest friends and family. In other words there are no significant others or plus ones that we don’t know personally. Basically we only invited people who are in BOTH our phonebooks and that we’ve called at least once in the last 6 months! I say all this to say that I am conflicted becasue I know they are the exactly the group that WOULD get up at 8 in the morning for us but I feel guilty asking
Post # 9
I’m having a morning ceremony at 11am, and starting brunch at 1pm. I’ve already gotten some grumbles because people are so used to having a ceremony at 2pm with the evening reception. Do whatever YOU want. If someone can’t get up for a wedding at a certain time when they have plenty of notice, that’s their problem!!!