So much is written about evening weddings that the idea of a morning wedding can be overlooked. Beautiful weddings can take place at any time of day, however – just look at the 11am start time of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding service. These are some of the pros and cons of having a morning wedding.
Pro: Morning weddings are less expensive. There are a number of reasons for this, but the biggest one is the food and drink bill. The meal following an early wedding is usually a luncheon or brunch, which by its very nature will cost less per head than a seated dinner. You are also likely to see huge savings on your bar tab, because people simply drink more at night than they do during daytime hours.
Con: Morning weddings are more sedate. For some brides and grooms, the whole idea of the reception is to have a killer party with dancing until dawn. This is usually fueled by an open bar and a hot d.j. or band. The fact is that most a.m. weddings are not going to have that vibe, because people just don’t get into dancing early in the day.
Pro: Morning weddings end early. If you are not a night owl, or plan to head out on your honeymoon trip early the day after the wedding, you might be very happy to have a reception that ends by the late afternoon. It also allows you plenty of time for a romantic wedding night, which is something than can be compromised when the bride and groom are drinking and dancing into the wee hours following an evening wedding.
Con: Morning weddings start early. This is obvious, of course, but not an insignificant factor. Most brides need to start getting ready many hours before the wedding is to begin, so if you are planning an 11am ceremony, your day might need to start at 6am or earlier. It will depend somewhat on how elaborate your pre-wedding preparations will be; if you plan to slip into a simple dress and a pearl tin cup necklace before exchanging vows in your living room, you might not need so long to get ready. Brides who plan to get their hair and makeup done for a traditional church wedding will definitely need quite a few hours to prepare.
Pro: Morning weddings are family friendly. Couples who want to include multiple generations in their marriage celebration will find that a daytime wedding works very well. Both the younger and older ends of the spectrum will be at their best for a late morning ceremony followed by an early afternoon reception. The same cannot be said for weddings which run late into the evening hours.
Con: Morning weddings may be less sophisticated. This one is definitely a matter of personal taste. If you picture yourself getting married in a pretty lace dress wearing a pearl tin cup necklace and carrying a bouquet of lily-of-the-valley, an early wedding will be great for you. But if your idea of the perfect wedding is a sophisticated cocktail party, complete with a chic beaded dress and a feather bouquet, you will want to plan your wedding to take place in the evening hours. Ultimately, the decision of whether to have a morning or evening wedding comes down to your vision of the ideal type of wedding.