Post # 1
Just a thought from some of the discussions here, why do you think there aren’t more daytime weddings? I could’ve sworn, this was more common when I was growing up. As a child, I remember attending more lunch wedding receptions than dinner ones. Reasons I have in mind are bride must wake up REALLY early to get ready and less drinking & dancing. Any other reasons you can think of?
Post # 2
Hair and make up was scheduled at 8 am for a 4:30 wedding, I can’t imagine waking up in the dead of night to be ready for a day wedding
Post # 3
We have people driving from out of town on the day of, so a day wedding would have been super inconvenient for them. No one wants to get up before dawn on a Saturday to get to a wedding.
I do think the lack of party atmosphere plays a large part. The only day wedding I’ve been to was a Sunday afternoon wedding.
Post # 4
Some people need a lot of prep time. Some guests might need the travel time. They might want to have drinking and dancing that’s more appropriate for a nighttime party.
Post # 5
Party atmosphere and also possibly weather if an outdoor wedding is preferred. Summertime weddings are pretty hot where I live even starting at 4pm or later. Daytime would not be possible.
Post # 6
I think it just depends on the crowd. We are having a morning wedding due to symbolism. We wanted to start our new relationship as the day began and we originally met close to midnight.
I think a night wedding lends well to more drinking and dancing.
Post # 7
hmm… the out of town thing was a good point. I had a 10:30 am start time wedding and hair and makeup started at 6. that sucked, but everyone else loved the day wedding!
Post # 8
Between venue set up, my own prep, and first look/photos, our 3:30 ceremony is cutting it close.
Post # 9
We had a day wedding and loved it! Got up at 6AM to get ready for a ceremony at 11AM, and lunch reception at 12:30PM. Party wrapped up at 5PM and everyone headed home soon after and Darling Husband and I checked into our hotel for the night. Got a bunch of texts from attendees who loved not coming home too late and had time to do other things before the day was over.
Post # 10
socalgirl1689: I think that overall, weddings have become more of a production, and there’s a lot of pressure associated with that that also leads to needing more time. As others have mentioned, professional hair and makeup is a part of many celebrations, which can take a few hours. Also, with many weddings today involving older couples than generations past who live away from their family/childhood home, wedding guests are traveling from further away, and couples feel pressure to have a blow out evening reception to make the travel worthwhile.
Post # 11
To elaborate, we had a 10 am ceremony and a luncheon reception with no dancing, so it was over by 4, and I felt a little guilty about not entertaining more. Our families hosted guests for after parties, mostly because they felt they had to entertain everyone into the night.
Post # 12
We’re having a 2pm wedding and that goes on until 2am. It’s common in the UK to have daytime weddings because until a couple of years ago, you could only legally marry between 8am and 6pm. And you had to BE married by 6, so 5pm would be the latest most places would start, and then you’d want to give yourself a bit of wiggle room if there was any delay, so it just kind of became tradition here that 11am to 3pm were the most popular times.
But we’re British and like to drink, so it still goes on until late. Hence the fairly long weddings.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2015 - Backyard
Maybe because nowadays brides want to take 8 hour long photo shoots before they even walk down the aisle? :p
Back in the day weddings used to be church ceremony followed by cake and punch (and before that, or if not in church, weddings were small and in someone’s home).
Or maybe just because day drinking isn’t as acceptable as it used to be?
Post # 14
Cost of hosting too I think – ie if you have to provide lunch and dinner it gets expensive, vs just providing dinner.
Post # 15
I’ve only ever really been to afternoon weddings (ones that beging between noon and 4 PM). For us, it was a matter of not being morning people and so that we could take our time getting ready and not feel too rushed. At other weddings, it may also have been because it gave people the chance to do last minute set up etc.
Our wedding ceremony started at 3 PM. We were lucky in that we got married in winter instead of summer and got our first choice of ceremony time. Around here, some couples have to put in a lot of effort to secure their church of choice during the prime ceremony hours in summer, which is when the vast majority of weddings take place.