Daytime Wedding

While there is much to be said for having a wedding at night – where you and your guests can dance under a transparent tent and almost see the stars, or where your guests are eating dinner at 10pm and by the time you and your new husband are able to retire to the newlywed suite, you are too tired to consummate – planning a wedding for the daytime can be just as elegant and memorable but for half the cost.

There are several advantages to having a wedding during the day rather than at night. First, having a wedding reception in the afternoon allows for plenty of time to celebrate with your guests afterward. When the reception is over, there is still time for people to “post-party” or come together in the evening, so it truly feels like a day-long celebration. Second, since the reception will be done at a reasonable hour, you will have plenty of alone time with your new spouse and won’t be too beat to enjoy it. Of course, walking down the aisle earlier in the day is also an ideal way to avoid those hours of cold feet anxiety that typically come from waiting around all day for the wedding to start.

What makes a day wedding inherently less expensive than a night wedding is just the nature of the time of day the wedding will take place. For example, at many restaurants a lunch menu is usually cheaper than a dinner menu, because lunch is usually seen as the more casual meal of the day. In Europe and in other parts of the world, however, lunch is viewed as the most important meal of the day – - so you should either adopt this view when planning your day wedding, or you should plan to get married in Paris.

Perhaps the greatest cost savings to having a wedding during the daytime is the idea of having the wedding reception outside. A night wedding that takes place outside is just asking for mosquitoes to bother your guests. During the day, however, you don’t need an expensive tent to keep the bugs at bay nor do you need fancy tablecloths and décor that really drive the bill high. Instead, you can opt to turn the wedding into a BBQ and set up picnic tables with less expensive table cloths. While this is less fancy, your wedding will focus on the fun, great food, and spirit of a BBQ theme. Or, if you would like the wedding to be as formal as possible, you can still have all the beautiful decorations and covered chairs, less the cost of renting a ballroom at a hotel.

One aspect of having a day wedding that immediately brings the cost down is the clothes. Whether inside or outside, a day wedding will not usually require black tie attire, which means less expensive bridesmaids’ dresses and most certainly a less pricy, more simple wedding dress for you. Simple, let me remind you, does not equate to ugly or boring; all simple means is a beautiful dress you love less the frills, bells and whistles that usually add all the dollar signs. Furthermore, your guests will feel more comfortable in more casual garb, and the dancing and eating will be much less stiff.

To put on a fabulous wedding that is both memorable and reasonable, let the sun lead the way and shine on your daytime celebration.

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Filed under: Wedding Planning — vicky at 12:39 pm on Friday, July 25, 2008