(Closed) Why did you/will you have an evening wedding or a daytime wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What time of day did you have/will you have your wedding?
    Morning : (17 votes)
    13 %
    Afternoon : (35 votes)
    27 %
    Evening : (79 votes)
    60 %
  • Post # 46
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    We did an early Saturday wedding to save money, all parts at the same place but different rooms.  12:30 ceremony, 1 pm cocktails, and a 2 to 5 pm reception.  It saved us thousands…from the venue to the dj and shuttle…everyone gave us a break for a daytime affair.  Only downside was the 7 am arrival of the glam squad.   Would choose Saturday afternoon all over again. We were able to hang out with our friends and family afterward. It was great.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  Chimpy24.
    Post # 47
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    7898 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We had a wedding starting late afternoon going into the evening. We wanted to give people time to travel to the wedding, and it also gave us time to prep earlier in the day. 

    Post # 48
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    282 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Morning wedding !! Ceremony at 10:30am, reception 11:30am-2:30pm. We enjoy small get togethers vs all night parties. Plus, breakfast food is our favorite 🙂 So many people commented that they’d never been to a morning wedding and many appreciated that this left their afternoons/evening open. We loved having the rest of our wedding day and evening for just us 🙂

    Post # 48
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    When we booked our venue it operated as a restaurant/live music venue Fri/Sat/Sun nights so we figured having the wedding in the afternoon would give us the entire venue to ourselves.

    Now they are jusf a full time wedding venue so I guess we could have changed it but there is already another wedding starting around 5pm in a different room and my invites were bought already sooooo 1pm it is!

    Post # 49
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    We are having our ceremony at 11:00 & reception starting at noon.  We arent morning people but I dont see me sleeping much the night before anyways & we really wanted to have a brunch reception. So it was basically all determined by BRUNCH lol. 

    Post # 50
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    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We’re having an early afternoon Sunday wedding. Ceremony’s at noon and we’ll mingle and party lightly until 4pm. Then an afterparty on our hotel rooftop from 5-7 and then we’re retiring to have a romantic dinner and enjoy the rest of our evening alone together while everyone continues to enjoy the afterparty. We chose afternoon because Saturday evening weddings are super expensive (and hard to book unless way in advance!) in Chicago. So our decision was 95% economic. Also, I’ve just always imagined getting married on a Sunday afternoon for some reason. There’s something so comfy, relaxing and sweet about Sunday afternoons to me, especially in the summer. We still hired a DJ though and will have an open bar so it’ll certainly be a boozy brunch!

    Post # 52
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: NJ

    We had our wedding at my inlaw’s house, so it was a Saturday, at 2pm, so that’s afternoon.

    The reason I chose 2pm, was that in my favorite movie at the time Steel Magnolias, Julia Roberts character got married at 2pm.

    It was 23 years ago, and we are still together, so if it is crazy, so be it!

    Post # 53
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    571 posts
    Busy bee

    Carolsays:  We do not want kids there, so a night time was appropriate for our tastes. We also enjoy cocktails and dancing, which is harder to do during the day. We also picked Saturday because we wanted a day of recovery – if we had gone earlier it would have been a Saturday as well!

    Post # 54
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We are having an evening wedding (cermony starts at 6:30). I would have loved to do a morning brunch wedding because brunch is amazing! But Fiance and I aren’t big morning people and really wouldn’t have wanted to get up at the crack of dawn to start getting ready. We originally picked our venue’s 6:30 time slot because we were going to do a cocktail reception and that as the latest they would let us start – we’ve switched to a dinner reception though since the cocktail style reception wasn’t really saving us much money.

    Post # 55
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    1936 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    We chose an evening wedding because I just can’t get in a FORMAL party mood when the sun is out.  I can get turnt and have a good time, but I’d rather be wearing shorts and a ponytail than a gown. Also, it’s a special day, I want to look good and I don’t want to have to wake up at 2 Am to get that done, lol. For us, it was mostly about formalitly, tone and atmoshere.

    Post # 56
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    439 posts
    Helper bee

    We are doing evening. My sister had an afternoon wedding and my mom said she didn’t have enough time for setting up and getting ready herself so that is the main reason. 

    Post # 57
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    264 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    We’re doing an afternoon wedding (2:30pm).  Our reception will end at 8pm.  My main reason is so I can save enough energy for the “after party”.  When you wait this long, you want to start the first night at a reasonable time

    Post # 58
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    400 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead

    Carolsays:  I picked early evening because if someone with a kid needs to leave they can still experience most of the wedding. Not to mention, I HAVE TO HAVE sunset photos haha. 

    Post # 59
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    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    We are having a morning ceremony followed by a wedding brunch, we will be done around 4pm and we will fly to our honeymoon that evening!

    Our reasons are 1. We are having a small wedding (36 guests) and didn’t want the traditional hooplah, no bridal party or dancing – our priority was the ceremony and good food and 2. We are saving SO much money having a day wedding.

    Post # 60
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    We chose 2 pm on a Friday to observe some dear friends, second parents to me bc they are orthodox jews. I would have loved a 4 or 5 pm start to have longer to get ready…oh well

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