we are looking at a winter wedding next year and to keep costs down (a 1year old and just moved house), looking at doing only one 'meal' and having everyone at the registry office and after party... in December, is it going to be too dark to have the ceremony at 3 or 4 o'clock then having the meal at 'teatime' and party after? Also, I've heard people complain in the past about a later ceremony cos it means they have to find things to do and somewhere to eat before the wedding... what do you guys think?
You are not there to please everyone else and you will always disappoint some. Just do what is best for you
I got married in november. The ceremony was at 3 and the light outside when we was having our photos disappeared fast we had to move inside to get better light
My friends got married in November at 5pm so they could save on meal costs! We had a great time and I didn't hear anyone complain about the time! Go with what you want and if people want to come,they'll come regardless of the time x
Our wedding will be in July and we changed our ceremony from 1pm to 3pm to save cost on food. If people get funny about having to find somewhere to eat before the wedding I will just remind myself that it's our day and we're not doing it to please everyone else. On another note, I'm finding the whole thing so stressful and just want to elope 😂😂
Do what makes you both happy and what you can afford to do. We are having a summer wedding at 3pm. People want to be grateful they are invited. They wouldn't moan about a birthday party etc starting at those times so why a wedding (that's how I see it anyway). x
Do what makes you both happy, dont worry about anyone else.
You could try to time it for sunset or have loads of candles around to make it lovely and romantic! X
It will be beautiful fairy lights would look amazing!
I'm having a late wedding in winter too save cost and too be quite Frank if people don't like it don't come, I can't be bother too have too rush in the morning quite like too actually have some sleep the night before haha, but it's your wedding your times your dates if they don't like it oh well it's not their wedding it's what you want too do x
I had a December wedding ceremony was at 3pm was daylight when we went in and 40 mins later when we came out it was pitch black
I'm having my wedding in Feb at 2 to help save costs. It's your wedding you have it how you want it! We're hiring the big love lights for inside for nice lightning so that's worth an idea as well? :)
I had a November wedding at 5.30 pm for the exact reason of keeping the cost down, we had our photos inside, and went straight to the reception where we had a madsive hot and cold buffet, I loved it x
We get married in Dec this year and I originally wanted the ceremony about 3pm. However someone pointed out that it can start getting dark from 4pm in winter and that most of the pics will then be in the dark...this made me think and I changed it to 1.30pm. It's totally your choice what time you get married and others will just have to work around your wishes, but this may be something to bear in mind as I hadn't thought of it myself! Xx
It's your day. You decide what you want, don't worry about other people. As long and you and your partner enjoy the day that's the most important thing. Relax as it's all about you and your partner and what you want/can afford. Xxx
You can get some amazing deals with places if you want a winter wedding and if you want something small. The venue I'm getting married at does something like this for under £1000 the wedding straight into the evening do. The venue I'm getting married at is the south Causey Inn
Do it when you want too. If your worried about getting dark a good photographer will be able to do something with the pictures. Plus if your getting married in December or any winter month for that matter I would expect it dark anyway. As it's not that often you get a really bright December day. X
We are getting married at 2pm so we can save money on food. Its your day so do what you both feel is right x
3pm is a generally usual time for a wedding ceremony even in winter.
I was a bridesmaid for my friends wedding in December last year, the wedding was at 3:30. They they had canapés after he service and a hot buffet in the evening. It worked so well I would definitely recommend it x
Sounds lovely. I would personally have the wedding a little later as people will eat about 5.30-6pm and if drinking will get hungry again about 9pm ish. A winter wedding late evening will look amazing on the photos especially if you go with all the twinkly Christmas lights xx
It's your wedding so do it the way you want. I would suggest that if you are having photos and wanting any outside then you may want to consider an earlier time as it gets dark early but if it's not something you are bothered about then go with what you want.
Hi it is your celebration do what you want don't worry about everyone else just suit yourselves. The people who count will come :)
If you're worried about pictures being taken in the dark, a lot of bride and groom take pics before the wedding - first look photos xxx
I think you could really play on all the 'cosiness' of December, lots of candles and fairy lights at your evening reception. My parents had a December wedding and it snowed - lightly, but still, stunning pictures. Enjoy your day however you want it and feel comfortable. Have a wonderful wedding x
We are getting married next October having a late ceremony about 4 or half 4 in the afternoon then photos and straight into the evening skipping the wedding breakfast and having a hot and cold buffet, chocolate fountain, dj ,photo booth e.c.t to keep costs down x
we're getting married 1st Dec at 2.30 followed by xmas afternoon tea then hot pot supper at 9pm. The afternoon tea saved us £20 ahead. we were originally getting wed at 3.30 but our photographer said just an hour earlier made all the difference for our pics x
We're getting married this December and having a winter wonderland wedding. Just consider the light for you photos. That would be the only snag with a later ceremony. If you are happy to have indoor photos though you're good to go!x
I got married on the 22nd december at 2pm it was lovely