Tips for the Bride & Groom: Brunch Weddings vs. Evening Weddings

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Everybody wants a Saturday night wedding, right? But, what about the limited availability, higher costs, and late night traveling? In 2018, couples are discovering the countless benefits of an increasingly popular timeframe: the brunch wedding.

Because of demand, evening, weekend weddings are typically more costly. Higher facility fees, extensive menus with a generally higher price tag, and typically, the need for an extravagant bar service. With an event earlier in the day, menus transform and present options like quiche, pastries, and lighter proteins. Bars offer the same customizable opportunities too! Don’t want to do a full bar? Tailor your selections with a build your own Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s bar.

Because of the convenience of a midday wedding, guests normally stay for the entire event, whereas occasionally, you might have guests leave before the end of a later, nighttime wedding. Don’t forget the added bonus that everyone has the rest of the day to enjoy friends and family that traveled from all over to be a part of your big day.

Other really important factors to consider:

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Lighting – Exceptional lighting is key for beautiful photos! Take for example, the chapel at all of our Ashton Gardens locations. The reason we used so much glass, from floor to ceiling, was so we could provide photographers with the best lighting possible. For almost eight months out of the year, March through October, people experience long days, resulting in sunset times starting at early as 7pm or as late 8:30p. In the Fall and Winter, couples naturally gravitate to earlier time frames to capture that luminous glow. No matter if you host a brunch time ceremony or evening nuptials, consider the sunset time.

Cost – Pricing varies based on day and time of the day. While both time frames offer the same all-inclusive experience, hosting an event earlier in the day offers almost 57% in savings. Having an event earlier in the day also changes your overall event needs. Not only is there a chance for your needs to change like your bar, but also your needs for items like up-lights, candles, etc. Push all that aside and some people look at less stress as a way to save. Occasionally, hosts consider the brunch time frame as an opportunity to throw some of the more stressful details of an evening wedding out the window to focus on the true heart of the event, the union.

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Time after the wedding – Your wedding day is full of love and laughter, but it is also insanely busy! You most likely didn’t see your significant other before the wedding and once you’ve said “I Do” you maybe got a few minutes together. Having a brunch wedding means your event is done at 3:00pm and have the rest of the day to relax with your husband or wife and get ready for the honeymoon! If you have an evening wedding, you just won’t have as much time after the reception to spend with your spouse.

So before you decide on a specific time frame, keep your options open. Hosting your wedding at different times of the day provides different advantages. Really stop and think about what is most important to you!

MAGGSHOTS PHOTOGRAPHY, DALLAS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, MAGGIE HARGRAVE, BASED IN LEWISVILLE, TEXAS. DALLAS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, MAGGSHOTS PHOTOGRAPHY, SPECIALIZES IN A CANDID, YET MODERN, AND TIMELESS STYLE FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY. MAGGSHOTS OFFERS ENGAGEMENT PORTRAIT SESSIONS, BRIDAL SESSIONS, FULL DAY WEDDING COVERAGE, AND DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY. MAGGSHOTS PHOTOGRAPHY IS BASED IN THE DFW AREA, BUT IS ALWAYS READY FOR WORLD TRAVEL TO CAPTURE YOUR ENGAGEMENTS OR DESTINATION WEDDING IN MEXICO, THE BAHAMAS, AUSTIN, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, LONDON, ITALY, AND BEYOND.