Post # 1
Well, Fiance and I originally planned for our Ceremony to happen at 4pm, aftrward, leave for photos for an hour then come back for dinner/reception. I was never 100% with this plan since it seemed so faulty, with my family catering for 200+ for dinner and snacks (party is most likely gonna last all night) since that’s a ton of food and our budget is pretty slim, our guests waiting, and it’s going to be very warm out. Anyways, lastnight I was pondering the idea of an evening wedding with a ceremony that started at 7pm. Everyone would have had dinner (so less money spent on food), it should be cooler, the lighting would be gorgeous since it’ll be darker, just to name a few bonuses.
So you ladies who had an evening/night wedding, how was it? What are some more pros/cons? I need to know all the nitty gritty detales before I bring this up to FI LOL
Post # 4
It seems like a good idea to have an evening wedding if it’s going to be informal, but if you want something more traditional, not paying for your guests to eat seems kind of odd. We’re going to have a late ceremony (6:30 pm the earliest the venue can do), but luckily it’s a small group. We’ll feed them snacks beforehand as everyone gets ready, champagne reception after the ceremony and then dinner at 8pm.
Maybe you could have people bring desserts and have almost a pre-wedding pot luck/bbq for the couple people who want to see you beforehand and then other guests can come later if they don’t want to bring food? Or would that be rude? Emily Post I am not!
Good luck with everything!
Post # 5
Thank you! 🙂 Thankfully our wedding isn’t going to be very formal so I’m not too worried about that part…if anything it makes it more relaxing which I want! So far it looks like an evening wedding would be best! 🙂
Post # 6
We had an evening wedding. It started at 6pm in a loft in downtown Little Rock. The lighting was a huge plus. The venue was stunning but the major con was that it was buffet full dinner. That really cuts down on the food cost though, so maybe it’s a pro. Guests seemed to really enjoy the evening wedding and buffet is pretty standard around here so we are all used to it. 🙂
If you aren’t going to have dinner at the wedding PLEASE tell your guests. My sister in law had a pot luck buffet (at a country club, for about 100 people, this wasn’t the most tacky thing either and that takes talent). There wasn’t enough food for everyone who came. It really sucked because I had been helping with the setup and everything and there was no food. We were starving and ready to leave about 20 minutes into the reception. The first plan was no dinner, just cake… If you are going to do it please please tell people. I never eat dinner if I”m going to a wedding because I know there will be food. Know what I mean?
I don’t think people will mind if it’s late and there’s no dinner provided that: There are snacks/sweets and they knew so they aren’t freaky hungry and ready to leave 30 minuntes in.
That’s my opinion. 😀
Post # 7
We are having our ceremony at 5.30pm then cocktail hour till about 7.15 and then dinner, dancing etc. We are hoping for a laid back kind of evening.
Post # 8
We are doing a 4:30 ceremony! Should be completely dark, before announced husband and wife! We plan on doing a First Look, which took some convincing on our parents but definitely something we wanted for one another. Plus we only have our venue for a few hours, so its going to be fast! So we want to utilize as much time WITH the venue that we can!
Evening weddings are so romantic and the fact that our venue is full of twinkly lights just brings such a beautiful ambiance!
Best of Luck!
Post # 9
If you opt to have it later under the presumption people have already eaten, I suggest you word your invitation so that it’s blantanly says “Dessert and Dancing” or whatever.
I’m have an evening wedding starting at 6pm with cocktails starting at 7pm and dinner following just before 8pm. While it’s a little later than most wedding, we chose this format because we are having a formal wedding and wanted the ambiance.
As far as logistics, we’re doing all our pictures before the ceremony. My Fiance and I will have a intimate reveal with our photographer so that it’s captured and then we’ll take all picture so that we can go directly from our ceremony to the reception.
For anyone iffy on seeing you groom before walking down the aisle, I totally agree. I said the same thing to my best friend who said, “imagine seeing him and not being able to hug or kiss him. Going down the aisle will put those nerves aside. Plus you’ll still be anxious with everyone’s eyes on you and it’ll still be magical.” IN the end I agree and am so happy we’re doing it this way. I think our guests will appreciate it, too.
Post # 10
My ceremony was at 6 PM. Dinner was served before 7PM. I was really happy with the timing of everything. If you have an evening ceremony make sure you take pictures before the ceremony!
Post # 11
We had an early evening summer wedding. Mostly because I wanted an outdoor garden wedding in August. I did not want the sun in our eyes and the guests roasting in the sun! Since the garden was at the college where I teach, I observed when the area would be in the shade. Turned out to be 7 Pm. That’s the time we picked for the wedding. However, our wedding was semi-formal and not formal. We had only light refreshments, punch, coffee and cake afterwards and a huge casual pig roast the next day.