Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 13th 2016 Contents B8
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt March 13, 2016
Some folks just aren t "morning
people"---if that s the case, a brunch
or "luncheon" wedding may not be
for you! If, however, you enjoy the
morning air, perhaps you might want
to explore this option. Alternatively,
a brunch is also a good choice for a
bridesmaids get-together or bridal
Here are some benefits and chal-
lenges to be had when considering a
• You can get started early in the day
and finish early. One example might
be to start the wedding ceremony at
10 am. This should be finished by
10.30-10.45 am. You could even have
a "morning cocktail hour" between 11-
12, and then have a luncheon after-
• Morning weddings offer exceptional
natural light for photographs.
• If you would like to leave for your
honeymoon on the same day as your
wedding, a morning wedding would
be perfect. This would allow you to
book your flight for late evening or
night and not feel too hurried.
• This option is ideal for couples on
a budget, since an early start time lends
itself perfectly to a brunch wedding
with light cocktails. Depending on the
type of brunch items you choose, it is
likely that you won t have to spend as
much as a formal evening sit-down
• This is a perfect option for couples
who would prefer an alcohol-free wed-
ding, since the time of day suits non-
alcoholic beverages. You can have a
"juice or smoothie bar," a display of
fruit-inspired punches or a selection
of lemonades and iced teas.
• Many guests will be leaving home
early to attend, so a good idea may be
to have a light "pre-ceremony buffet"
with water, coffee, tea, fruit and small
pastries. This will help to warmly wel-
come your guests and also tide them
over, so that they don t become overly
hungry during your ceremony.
• Depending on the size of your
bridal party, multiple hair and make-
up artists may be required to attend to
the bride and bridesmaids.
• The entire bridal party also needs
to be made aware of the importance
of being on time for a morning wed-
ding s beauty and logistical prepara-
• Morning weddings will tend to be
hotter than evening weddings, partic-
ularly those which will be held outdoors.
This may affect make-up and wardrobe
choices. It will also impact on the com-
fort of your guests, so be sure to have
shady areas for them to sit/mingle or
have some portable air-conditioning
• Some guests may be shy about
dancing in bright daylight and others
surely won t! You will know from the
composition of your guest list what
sort of crowd you have, and you can
plan for the dancing accordingly.
Evening wedding receptions typically
until midnight or later. Normally there
is a cocktail hour, followed by a buffet
or sit-down dinner. During the recep-
tion a DJ or band may play.
The "pros" of having this type of
• Wedding vendors and suppliers
will have more than ample time to
transport and set up items.
• You can incorporate special effects
that would work well at night, such as
lighting, fog machines and fireworks.
• This suits couples who prefer a
formal type of reception, since dinner
is involved as well as speech making
and other customs.
• This type of wedding tends to cre-
ate more of a party atmosphere because
of the timing.
• Usually, this is the most expensive
type of wedding reception because of
the catering involved and the larger
number of guests invited.
• After a few hours of dancing, guests
may start feeling hungry again. There-
fore, you may have to budget for a late-
night treat or food station.
• You may have to think about having
a babysitting room for children or
organising some activities for them,
such as "movie time" or crafts.
• If you would like outdoor photos,
the photographer may not be able to
get as much natural light before it gets
dark. One way to counteract this may
be to do a pre-wedding shoot, before
Send us your photo:
22-24 St Vincent Street,
evening weddings vs
Links Archive March 12th 2016 March 14th 2016 Navigation Previous Page Next Page