Time of the Wedding: Day verses Night

While you may not have control over what time your perfect venue is available, it is a good idea to have a time in mind — at least whether you want a day or a night wedding or reception. (Obviously, there are lots of things to keep in mind when selecting a day!)


During a day-time wedding people may feel uncomfortable drinking or dancing during the daylight or people may have to leave early (or wish to leave early).  These could be reasons not to have a daytime wedding, BUT if you are on a tight budget, this might be the perfect arrangement.  And, your close friends and family will, presumably, stay around to drink and dance. Photos will come out better during the day (assuming you are outdoors!)

A night wedding doesn’t risk the drinking, dancing,  leaving early issues (as much) BUT there are drawbacks to the night wedding too. Because of all that drinking and dancing, it may be more important to consider transportation options for your friends and family.

What some friends have done is hold the ceremony during the day (in daylight for better photos and sunshine and all that) and have a reception that follows a little later (either in a different location OR at the same location with a cocktail hour in between and dinner as it gets darker). It is a way to have the best of both worlds!

What do you think? Do you have a preference?

~ Natasha

Between the Ceremony and the Reception

A sunset on the beach, a morning mass, an afternoon in a temple… followed by the reception.  But what time does the ceremony start? And what time does the reception start? Where do guests go between?

Planning a wedding ceremony and reception requires some time coordination.  As Mrs. Radish of the WeddingBee reported sometimes the time that you can book the ceremony site and reception site may not align, leaving your guests wondering what to do in between. 

If you end up with a large gap in time between the ceremony and reception, here are a few suggestions:

  • Give your guests a list of local things to see and a map.  If you’re in a big city, perhaps a tourist attraction they can drive or walk to easily.  If you’re in a smaller town, maybe direct them to a nearby park.
  • Suggest a nearby coffee shop, bar, or restaurant where guests can hang out for awhile.  Make sure that it is either close to either the ceremony site or the reception site, though!  You don’t want your guests to have to go too far out of their way.
  • If the ceremony and reception are at the same place, see if you can find a space for guests to casually hang out and get a glass of water.

Make sure you should provide these suggestions with the invitation, so that guests are prepared for the time gap.  You don’t want guests arriving at the reception site only to be surprised that they have several hours to kill before the festivities begin!  The more your guests can plan in advance, the better.