When most people think of weddings, they probably think of a late-afternoon ceremony followed by cocktails, dinner, and dancing into the early morning. If you've always pictured something more intimate and low-key to celebrate your love, you should know that there are alternatives to the traditional evening reception.
Morning weddings have increased in popularity and are a wonderful way to have a more relaxed affair. Though nuptials in the morning hours are more common than they have been in past years, they are still not the norm and it can be difficult for couples desiring this type of event to find ideas.
Below are our tips and suggestions for how to plan a picture perfect morning celebration that will stand out from the endless dinner and dancing receptions that fill wedding season.
- Take extra care to ensure the bridal party goes to bed on time the night before, as getting-ready time in the morning will be tight as it is. Do not plan any bachelor or bachelorette parties that weekend!
- Start the ceremony no earlier than 9AM (and even that’s cutting it close). You don’t want to inconvenience your guests.
- Have a coffee bar and pastries available pre-ceremony – some people need a little something to start their day!
- Brunch is not as costly as dinner, so it's nice to provide a wider variety of options for your guests.
- For dessert, consider a lemon cake or perhaps even a gourmet coffee cake. A stack of pancakes or waffles is another fun option to work as your wedding cake.
- If you’re not having a dry wedding, morning cocktails and mimosas are sure to be appreciated by your guests.
- Since many attendees are unlikely to be in the mood for dancing early in the day, plan to play some lawn games – like corn hole, croquet, or horseshoes – as a fun post-brunch activity.
- Speak with your photographer about taking photos after the reception. It'll still be the afternoon, and you’ll be able to streamline the day for your friends and family.
- Enjoy the rest of the day together as newlyweds! Nighttime weddings leave everyone so tired that it’s difficult to get one-on-one time as a couple at the end of the night. If your wedding day ends at 4PM, you can spend the evening spending time with your spouse – and isn’t that why you got married in the first place?