As couples are customizing their weddings to be a true reflection of their shared style and personality, more weddings are being held at all hours of the day (or even week days). Your wedding day should be a celebration of who you are as a couple, so if a traditional evening wedding isn’t your style, a daytime wedding and reception might be a great alternative. A daytime wedding might also allow you to get married at that venue you love that is already booked or your date. Chancey Charm Denver Wedding Planner, Lauren Groeper, was featured in SheFinds.com’s roundup of 11 Mistakes Brides Make When Planning A Daytime Wedding. And today on the blog, the Chancey Charm team is weighing in to offer more tips and advice. Enjoy!
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6 Tips For Planning A Daytime Wedding & Reception
- Reconsider the dance party. Guests are less likely to get out and dance during the day versus an evening reception, so instead of a forced dance party that isn’t catching on, consider having your first dance followed by lawn games or another fun activity after the brunch or luncheon.
- Don’t forget to set your alarm early. Say you’re planning a 1 p.m. wedding ceremony. Back that up by a couple hours to account for pictures, hair, makeup and transportation to the ceremony site. You could be starting your day at 6 a.m.! Remember that when planning your rehearsal dinner and bedtime the night before.
- Feed guests the right amount of food. Jyl Deering, Chancey Charm Boston Wedding Planner, once attended a 3 p.m. wedding and the bride and groom served light fare – no lunch or dinner. Guests traveled a distance, and frankly, were really hungry. When planning a daytime wedding, consider incorporating a lunch or brunch meal into it. Or if you don’t want to do that, simply let guests know via your wedding website or invitation that your wedding ceremony will be followed by a light hors d’oeuvres reception so they can plan ahead to eat something more substantial to hold them over.
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- Consider the venue logistics. Your wedding venue most likely will have an evening wedding the day before yours. Remember that with your décor, set up and vendors. They might have to set up extremely early that morning, so that’s something you will have to talk through in advance so they can plan around other events they might be working that weekend. That being said, your wedding venue might also have another wedding the evening of yours. If that is the case, they will likely be ushering you out at your end time so they can turn the room for the next event.
- Prepare for warm weather and bright sunlight. Summer and spring daytime weddings can be tricky, as the early afternoon is often the hottest and sunniest time of the day! Don’t make the mistake of not considering the comfort of your guests. Providing shade, a hydration station and air conditioning might be key depending on the weather.
- Consider guests’ travel plans. Another potential mistake is not taking into consideration travel plans for your guests. Sometimes your friends and family can’t get off work the day before and have to travel the day of your wedding. If you’re having a daytime wedding, be sure that all your guests are aware ahead of time so they can plan their schedules accordingly.