Tips for planning a daytime wedding

Pictured: A married couple walking through wedding sparklers. There are many reasons to opt for a daytime wedding. Whether you are trying to save money, want to embrace the beautiful morning light, or are trying to keep your wedding casual, you can’t go wrong with a daytime wedding. Typically our posts are focused on planning evening weddings. However, in this post, we’ll share some of our favorite pointers for planning a festive and fun daytime wedding. And in case you were wondering—you can still incorporate wedding sparklers into a daytime affair!

Stick to a strict timeline

One of the main differences between planning an evening wedding and planning a daytime wedding is the timeline. When planning an evening wedding, you have the entire day for last minute logistics, hair and makeup, and other wedding prep. However, if the ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m., it is important to plan accordingly so that you aren’t rushed. Brides.com suggests planning on an early wakeup call to ensure plenty of time for hair and makeup, lounging with your bridal party, and dealing with any last minute logistics.

Consider serving brunch or lunch

When planning a daytime wedding many couples are tempted to opt for light hors d’oeuvres instead of serving a traditional meal. However, this can result in hungry guests, who most likely ditched breakfast or lunch to attend your nuptials. Jyl Deering, a wedding planner for Chancey Charm suggests centering your reception around either brunch or lunch to ensure guests are well fed. If this simply isn’t in the budget, that’s okay! Just be sure to inform guests that you will be hosting a wedding followed by light hors d’oeuvres so they can plan their meals accordingly.

Plan your music accordingly

According to Brides.com, it’s perfectly acceptable to incorporate dancing into your daytime wedding. However, if you do want to get guests moving, it is important to choose your music to match the time of day. Instead of hiring a DJ to spin popular club tunes, they suggest sticking live music, like a classical guitarist or a popular jazz ensemble. If live music isn’t in the budget, we love the idea of putting together a fun daytime playlist that guests can dance to.

Incorporate lawn games

If you are planning a daytime wedding that is outdoors, you can’t go wrong with lawn games. Setting up games like croquet, horse shoes, giant jenga, corn hole, and more, will ensure guests have a blast at your reception and will also provide fun photo opts. Want to personalize a game for your big day? We love these monogrammed cornhole boards!

Don’t forget to plan a send off!

Just because you are planning a daytime wedding doesn’t mean you should skip the grand wedding exit! In fact, a clear end to your wedding may be even more important to ensure your guests don’t stay into the evening. Some of our favorite wedding send off ideas for daytime weddings include balloons, flower petals, pom poms, silly string, and, of course, wedding sparklers!