Should I have a daytime wedding or an evening wedding?

My fiance' and I are trying to decide between a daytime wedding and an evening wedding on a Saturday. The venue that we love we can only afford a daytime wedding at and the venue that is our second choice we can afford to do a evening wedding. We both would prefer an evening wedding but not at the expense of having a quality venue. I am opening up to the possibility of a daytime wedding since we like that particular venue better, but my concern is that guests won't have fun at a daytime wedding since evening weddings are historically more festive.  Any ideas??

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 9:47 am
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Well what time would the daytime wedding start / finish?  My wedding is starting at 2pm and ending at 9pm.  Is that daytime or do you mean like AM hours?

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 9:55 am
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one thing to keep in mind is the timing for your photos, especially if you aren't going to see each other before.


we are having a fall evening wedding and all the ones of my FI and me will be at night.  our ceremony is at 5:00.

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 10:04 am
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I'd figure out the what your priority is.  Also depending on the season.


I personally prefer evening weddings so that guests can drink and dance.  The quality of the venue shouldn't matter too much as long as the couple makes the wedding memorable and fun. HTH and Good luck!

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 10:08 am
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We would like to get married in May 2009.  When I say daytime wedding, I mean that the ceremony would start around 10 am and the reception would end around 3:30 pm.  So the cocktail reception would start around 11 and the reception at 12 noon, do people feel like dancing and drinking then?

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 10:13 am
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Posted on July 15, 2008 at 10:28 am
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Haha Kohler, I agree, if they're drinking, they'll feel like dancing. If you prefer the daytime venue, go for it. Your friends and family will come regardless of the time, so its just a personal preference. Only reason I would consider the evening wedding is b/c you have more time to get ready, what time are you going to have to wake up to be ready by 10am?

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 10:41 am
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Have you tried making a 'deal' with your first choice and have them come down on costs OR have them include more?? Most places I was researching I was able to adjust here and there.... You never know?


My friend had a 10am wedding, and after her and the immeadiate family had a small after party/ gathering at her parents home...


- HMM :)

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 10:47 am
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i agree with HMM....never hurts to ask....that's how we ended up getting the videographer we wanted....his "listed" price was out of our range, so we asked him what he could do for the amt we wanted to spend...bingo!

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 10:50 am
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That's a great idea - I will definitely look into whether they can make a deal with us regarding the price for the venue that we love  - thanks everyone!!

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm
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i'm having a day wedding to save money as well..  overally we saved about $2k..the cost of dj or florist for some ppl.  some things have become a challenge as far as the timeline.  traditionally our tea ceremony would be in the early afternoon right before the western wedding, but we had to change it to a different day altogether.  we also had to arrange day before hotel rooms so that the wedding party will be there on time.  and because we have alot of females getting makeup and hair done we were forced to get a makeup assistant so that we wouldn't have to start at a crazy hour like 5 a.m. (it takes 45 min per person).  i have been able to negotiate some deals with our vendors like our dj--because they potentially can fit in two weddings in one day.  make sure to take those things into account too!  i can't say for sure its been worth it, but it does make your wedding day last longer, which is awesome right?

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm
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mine was a daytime wedding. We had a 1:00 pm wedding, 3:30 reception, 6:00 pm family dinner somewhere else, 9:00 pm dance with three bands somewhere else... Was nice with the older guests because the dancing was separate from the the daytime reception/full dinner too...


I was so tired by Midnight!!!

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm
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Thanks for everyone's help and info about having a daytime wedding.  I will definitely have to find hair and makeup people who are willing to work in the morning! LOL! If we do have the daytime wedding, it WILL make my special day last longer - awesome!!

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

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