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Breakfast Wedding

I woke up this morning to sunshine and birds chirping, and thought to myself: how beautiful would a morning like this be for a wedding? The idea of hosting a breakfast or brunch wedding is becoming more popular. The morning wedding isn’t a new invention, though, but was actually pretty normal a few decades ago. I don’t know if it’s the retro-craze trending these last few years, or the vintage feel morning weddings seem to hold, but here are a few reasons to consider having your wedding at sunrise!

The Positives

  • Usually morning weddings end before or by 3’o’clock in the afternoon, so the possibilities of what to do after the Big Event are virtually endless! Drive away from your reception and enjoy the rest of the day in the company of your new spouse. I mean, you just got married because you love spending time together, right? Morning weddings give you lots of time to hang out together, married, on your wedding day. (Plus you’ll wake up sober and with no hangovers!) Or you can get a jumpstart on your honeymoon and arrive at your destination before your wedding day is even over!
  • Who doesn’t love breakfast/brunch food? Or an excuse to drink champagne and mimosas? Unlike an evening ceremony which usually calls for dinner or heavy appetizers, a morning wedding leans toward light fare. Most people simply aren’t that hungry early in the day. Plan a delicious menu that will wow your guests, whether you want a buffet or a formal sit-down meal. Think craft-your-own-waffle, an omelet station, or pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream, hickory smoked bacon and fresh squeezed juice as simple, yet elegant menu choices.
  • Your vendors will love you, because it is so rare for them to be able to work and have a weekend evening off. Sometimes vendors will even provide discounts for non-traditional timed weddings, so there’s a BIG positive!
  • That hard-to-achieve-but-beyond-beautiful venue location might be available at an earlier time during the day. Many area open to the public (such as botanical gardens, beaches, and parks) are only available in the mornings to allow for the public.

The Negatives

  • You have to wake up early. Like, really early. On your wedding day. Also, your pre-wedding morning will be rushed, there is no way around that. So extra planning for your prep work will be in order.
  • Consider your guests, especially those who live two hours away. They’ll have to get up very early to make it to your wedding. In the long run, I’m sure they’ll have a blast, but they might be questioning your sanity as they’re traveling in the wee hours of the morning before the sun even rises.

In other thoughts…
I’ve heard it voiced that morning weddings don’t allow for as much fun as a later wedding, but there is no reason why a morning wedding should prevent that! For those still wishing for a dance ceremony, by the time a ten o’clock ceremony and eleven o’clock brunch is wrapped up, it will be after noon, perfectly acceptable for a DJ and dancing. For those wishing to provide drinks for their guests, a mimosa bar, champagne, Bloody Mary’s, and other morning concoctions (think fruit juice mixes) are more than acceptable for breakfast soirées. In addition, come up with some fun and engaging activities such as croquet, badminton, or other lawn games.

However, even though you can certainly still have a DJ and dancing at an early reception, it won’t be expected. So if you’re more of a reserved person and a big bash or wild party does not suit your personality, a morning wedding might be just the thing for you. A morning wedding lends itself to a laid back atmosphere that allows you to chat and relax with your guests.

Another thought I came across this morning was brought simply by the sunshine. There is a noticeable difference between sunrise light and sunset light. If you’re getting married in a beautiful place, or outdoors, the morning light is unbeatable, and you’ll be able to see your surroundings for the whole party. The lake, or trees, or mountains, or whatever beautiful landscape that accompanies your day will be visible throughout the entire event. Plus, the photographs will look AMAZING with the natural light a morning sun brings!

Finally, opting for an earlier affair is an easy way to make your festivities really unique. Everyone is looking for “something different” and you’ll automatically get that with a morning wedding. Though no matter what time your wedding, anything can be customized to make the event unique to the couple. Plus remember that morning weddings are just like their evening counterparts –  if the couple is having a good time, so will everyone else.

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