Best Time to Have a Wedding

calendarEveryone has their ideal time of day that they would like to get married and it varies for each bride and groom-to-be.  Following are a few tit bits of advice about the best times during the day that you should consider for your wedding ceremony as well as other information to deliberate on.

Early Morning Weddings

Planning your wedding day around an early morning service with a reception to follow could prove quite expensive in the long run as you will need to provide not only entertainment for your guests throughout the day but also food and drink.  You will need to contact the venue to see if they will be available for your guests at such an early time as it can take some time to set up the decorations and prepare the menu. 

The Pros and cons of having a morning ceremony can include:


  • It might be romantic to get married and stand outside of the Church with the birds still singing.
  • The earlier your reception ends the more time you will enjoy together as a newly married couple alone!
  • The flowers in the Church and reception will look fresh right from the start but may start to deteriorate towards the end of the day so may need some looking after.
  • There will be hours and hours available for photographs but the bride’s hair and make-up will have to continuously be touched up throughout the day to ensure that she looks her best in the photos. 
  • You will feel more refreshed at leaving the reception earlier especially if you are due to go on your honeymoon the following morning.


  • Everyone will need to have an early night the evening before the big day.
  • Extra costs could be incurred not just for the venue but also provisions although having a breakfast could be considerably cheaper than a much more formal evening dinner.
  • Guests will need to leave their homes earlier which for those travelling from far away could cause a problem and some may have to arrive the day before.
  • If you are having a bar where your guests are buying their own drinks, some of them will be upset at having to purchase their own refreshments for such a long period of time, although, alcohol is not necessarily needed for that time of the day.
  • Less time to prepare yourself for the wedding, particularly the bride-to-be who may be having her nails, hair and make up done for her by a professional.
  • More people will be tired towards the end of the day and you may not have a complete full house come six o'clock.
  • Should anything go wrong you will not have a lot of time to rectify the situation.

Afternoon Weddings

bride bouquetChoosing to have your wedding in the afternoon suits a lot people as it will enable everyone to have time in the morning to do their own thing, be it relax in a hot bath, spend time with their family members or even play a round of golf before getting ready.  The Pros and cons of having an afternoon service can include:


  • Having the morning free will enable your wedding suppliers to have plenty of time to deliver and set up plus your caterers will have ample cooking time.
  • If you are decorating the venue yourself you, and your helpers, will have plenty of time in the morning to get busy.
  • If you have chosen to have fresh flowers on your day they could be delivered mid morning and will look fresher for longer.
  • There will be plenty of getting ready time for everyone.
  • You may get some great natural light for your wedding photos.
  • Your guests will have plenty of time to travel to the ceremony location.


  • The food will have to be plentiful as you may have to provide a buffet as well as an evening meal.  It will also have to be of ample size as most people will have skipped breakfast due to travelling or getting ready.
  • You may find that any children attending both the day and evening reception may begin to get tired towards the end of the day.

Evening Weddings

An evening or night time wedding has proved to be extremely popular.   The Pros and cons of having an evening wedding can include:


  • A firework display would look spectacular in the dark.
  • How romantic to be married under the stars.
  • Plenty of time for you, and the guests, to get ready during the day.
  • Wedding suppliers and caterers will have practically the whole day to set up.


  • As the day started later it could end later which might mean extra cost on drinks.
  • If you have hired and decorated your venue yourself it could turn into quite a chore when you have to tidy up at the end of the evening.
  • The reception will be shorter than normal and if you are having a large wedding you may not manage to greet all of your guests which might offend one or two of them.
  • The wedding photographer might not have enough natural light to get a good shot of everyone together or could even end up not taking as many shots as you would like.

Things to Consider When Choosing the Time of your Wedding

  • tell peopleAsk your venue about the nicer spots in the area for your photographs and at what time of the day they are at their best.
  • Can your budget afford to pay out any extra expenses if you decide to have an early wedding?
  • Can your entertainment, whether it is a disco or a live band, last for the whole reception?
  • How do you feel during the day?  If you are not a morning person then it is probably not a good idea to arrange your wedding in the morning.
  • If you are having children at your wedding, will they be entertained sufficiently for such a long day and consider whether it is appropriate for them to be at an evening reception where it is darker and possibly noisier?
  • Plan your day as far in advance as you possibly can to avoid any disappointments or surprises and if possible, think about how you will handle situations should problems crop up.
  • The longer the day the simpler the menu should be.
  • Think about how far some of your guests might have to travel and how long it will take them to get to your wedding.
  • Think about the type of foods you want served at your wedding and whether they are appropriate at certain times of the day.
  • Trying to plan around the weather can prove extremely difficult as unless you are an absolutely fantastic psychic or Meteorologist there is no way to predict whether the sun will be shining on your wedding day.  All you can hope is that you have chosen the right season and cross your fingers for good luck.
  • Will you be relaxed enough for an evening wedding or come four o'clock, will you be a complete bag of nerves?
  • Your guests will be happy if the day flows continuously and there is not too much time between the ceremony and the reception, which is usually the time that the photographer is snapping away with the happy couple.

At the end of the day it is your wedding and only you should decide the best time for you to get married.  You may come across a few restrictions such as it is the only time available at the Church or the Registry Office or you may have an important meeting that morning that you just cannot miss but on the whole, it is your decision.  Discuss it together, do not let anyone sway your decision and stick to your guns!