The Advantages of Morning Weddings

The Advantages of Morning Weddings

Not all weddings happen in the later part of the day. In fact, morning weddings have many advantages–not the least of which is the price tag. If you’re looking for a way to make your ceremony stand out, consider starting your festivities a few hours earlier. There’s nothing to beat the feeling of inhaling fresh morning air, and you’ll arrive to your wedding heralded by birdsong.

Here’s the great news: morning weddings are cheaper. Most venues will give morning ceremonies large discounts, even during prime wedding season, because they can clean afterwards and still use the venue again in the evening.

Your morning wedding is unique because of its timing. Why not play to its advantage? Work morning glories into your hair and wedding bouquet. Use a sunrise color scheme of pale pinks and oranges. Use a tequila sunrise (virgin or otherwise) as your signature drink. You have an advantage over evening brides, so you might as well flaunt it.

Brunch can be more elegant, more fun, and more affordable than serving your guests dinner. Play with gourmet twists on classic breakfast foods, like pancakes dusted in confectioners’ sugar with a huckleberry reduction, or Eggs Benedict served over crab cakes. You can also take advantage of the sunshine to use sparkling drinks and glassware that will shine like diamonds.

If you’re not expecting a lot of party animal guests (or don’t want to encourage those with party animal tendencies), morning weddings are the perfect excuse to skip a raucous reception. Forgo the loud music and dance floor, and allow your guests a relaxed opportunity to talk to each other.

Every wedding photographer’s nightmare is walking into a shuttered venue that looks like the inside of Dracula’s coffin. Morning brides, however, won’t have to worry about setting up artificial photograph lighting. When you hold your wedding in the daylight hours, even guests who bring their personal cameras are guaranteed much nicer shots. With more available light, all cameras auto-focus more easily, the colors will pop, and the picture quality won’t come out grainy.

Morning weddings don’t mean having to wake up extremely early. If you start getting ready at seven-thirty in the morning, it’s not unrealistic to expect you could be walking down the aisle by eleven. Instead of spending the day getting ready for your wedding, you can enjoy spending time with your new spouse and visiting guests.

Plus, when you get an early start to the day, you can keep the festivities going as long as you like; evening might see your guests still celebrating at an “after party” dinner or dancing at a club.  

If you want to get married on a holiday like Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve, morning weddings can help avoid putting guests in an awkward position.

Many holiday weddings present a dilemma for guests who have already made other plans. If a wedding takes place early in the day, it allows friends and family to attend worry-free. Additionally, since vendor and venue prices skyrocket on holidays, a morning wedding can help keep costs reasonable even on in-demand dates.

Are you dreaming of an outdoor wedding in the summer? Even in the springtime, many Southern and Southwestern venues are already sweltering by noon. Morning weddings keep your guests from sweating off their mascara by getting an early start to the day. If the groom is wearing a tuxedo, he’ll definitely appreciate this option.

Morning weddings are not only more affordable and relaxed than evening weddings, but offer more opportunity for creativity. You can enjoy a full day celebrating with your friends and family in whatever way you wish. Best of all, you get to start your new life together by the light of a rising sun–what could be a more romantic metaphor than that?


Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.