20-40-60 Etiquette: Getting married in the morning
QUESTION: Would it be appropriate to have a morning wedding, followed by a breakfast? It seems like most wedding these days are at night, but we are early risers and thought it might be fun to get married in the morning.
CALLIE'S ANSWER: That sounds early for you and your vendors. A morning wedding could be different. You would probably save on alcohol costs! Happy wedding planning!
LILLIE-BETH'S ANSWER: What an original idea! I think a morning wedding sounds like a fun thing to have — and attend! Make sure, however, that you are OK getting up long before you think need to. You'll have to plan for hair and makeup, getting dressed at the venue, organizing your wedding party and attending to any details and questions that crop up before every wedding. Doing it so early might add to your stress, but it also could be wonderful, too. You'll get to enjoy the entire day as newlyweds. I say go for it. There's no etiquette rule that governs when you have your ceremony. There are only etiquette guidelines and traditions to match your choices.
HELEN'S ANSWER: A morning wedding and breakfast reception sounds like fun! You will probably have to get very early to get everything done, like picture taking, getting dressed and getting to the church on time. Also you won't have time to get nervous about the event.
If your wedding and reception are over by noon, you and your new husband could spend the rest of the day getting to your honeymoon destination or just spending time together as man and wife. Whatever you decide, enjoy your decision!
GUEST'S ANSWER: Judy Lehmbeck, Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party: I always said if I had a daughter she would be having a morning wedding.
Not only is it appropriate but, morning weddings are some of the prettiest weddings I have done.
Also, it can save some money doing the morning hour. As far as bar, you can simply serve Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers. And for the food, a breakfast buffet or pork chops and eggs is a great menu. Go ahead, rise and get married.
You will love your day!
Callie Athey is 20-something, Lillie-Beth Brinkman is in her 40s, and social columnist Helen Ford Wallace is 60-plus. To ask an etiquette question, email email@example.com.