There’s something beautiful in the way first sun hits your face as you’re walking down the aisle. To start your day with such a beautiful event makes it worth it, but still, a morning wedding has its flaws. When you host your ceremony in the morning, it’s not traditional to take a break after the ceremony and continue the party in the evening. On the other hand, having both a lunch and a dinner party is not only very expensive, but also extremely tiring. You, and not to mention all of your guests, will be drop-dead tired by the time the evening rolls around, and yet, you don’t want to limit yourself to having only a lunch together. Of course, there is a solution. With careful planning you can make sure that all of your guests have a place and time to relax and recharge before the evening, making this option perfect for a destination wedding. Having something relaxing planned in between can help, too. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.
Let’s talk traditional: Most weddings take place at some time in the afternoon and transition smoothly into the evening party. And while this is a great option because it gives all of your guests plenty of time to get ready in the morning and get to the venue, not to mention that it gives you all the time you need as well, there are other things to consider. An afternoon wedding is the perfect time to pick a shade of your wedding gown that is very bright, since the bright sun will literally make you shine and you want to take full advantage of that. Keep in mind that your guests might be coming in peckish, or driving a long way to get to the wedding, so a little time before the ceremony, when they can sit down, relax and have something to eat or drink will be very well received. This can even be held at your own home, which is tradition in some countries. After the ceremony, you will have plenty of time to get to the venue, get seated for dinner and have a lovely meal, after which the party can begin. Moreover, an afternoon wedding allows most of your guests to attend, regardless of their other responsibilities and engagements. They will have time to get to the wedding, and if needed, they can leave after the ceremony.
While they do require careful planning, evening weddings can be the most visually beautiful. The setting sun provides a beautiful color palette, and you really want to make the most out of it. This means your décor should reflect the beautiful colors and tones that the venue will be painted in, and you want to match it with your own outfits as well. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, be careful that the setting sun doesn’t beam into your eyes and makes you squint all the time. It is the perfect time for smaller, more intimate ceremonies, and a great option if you’re having the ceremony at the same place as the party, because you can simply book the venue for the hours you’ll be there, with no breaks or empty hours necessary.
There is something eerie and beautiful about a night time ceremony. The night is a very romantic setting, and it’s open for an interpretation, so you can mold it however you want. A fun night with friends under lanterns or around a bonfire is a fun and playful take on it, but you can also make it romantic with hundreds of candles, or eerie with some cold lights and strategically placed fog machine. While this may not be suitable for a bigger wedding or children, the night gives you plenty of opportunities to play with it and make your ceremony unique.