Have you wondered what the best time of day to get married is? Should it be early, making your vows as the sun rises? Or after lunch, letting everyone raise a glass to you over afternoon tea? To make this decision, you need to consider all of the factors at play.
Today we’ll walk you through these, helping you to pick the perfect time of day to get married.
What’s the Best Time of Day to Get Married?
Are you a morning person? Or do you come alive at night? Your preferences will be one of the things to consider when choosing the time of your ceremony. But there are a few other things you’ll need to think about too. Including:
- What time does your reception venue close? If you are wanting a lengthy reception, this could mean having to push your ceremony time earlier.
- What kind of meal would you like at your reception? A formal sit down meal is traditionally held in the evening, while nibbles are more for the afternoon and early evening.
- How far will guests need to travel between the ceremony and reception venues? This time needs to be figured in, ensuring there is enough time to do both without rushing.
- What time do you get access to your ceremony venue to decorate?
- Are there any other bookings for that day for your chosen ceremony and/or venue locations?
- When will your hair and makeup artists be available?
- Will you have any guests arriving from out of town on the day?
- What season will it be on your wedding day? An evening wedding in winter may be too chilly. If it is daylight saving time, a later afternoon ceremony may be quite appealing.
- How big is your entertainment budget? An earlier ceremony will require you to provide additional entertainment to bridge the gap between the ceremony and dinner.
- Where do you want your wedding photos to be? Chat with your photographer about what time they recommend for your photo shoot. Of course, you can have your photos before your ceremony if that works for you.
- What kind of lighting do you want at your ceremony and venue? Twinkling candles and fairy lights are going to look more appealing during the darker hours.
If we could pick the perfect time of day to get married, we’d say it would be anytime on your wedding day! Yes, that’s corny, but it’s your special day and the final decision rests with you both.