7 Ways a Morning Wedding Will Save You Money

A bride and groom in the morning light next to a white picket fence with the bride's lace veil blowing in the wind.

When you think of weddings, you probably haven’t considered hosting one in the a.m. After all, asking your loved ones to set an early alarm might not go over well. But this is your big day, and whether you’re an early riser or not, a morning wedding is a great way to save you money. If you’re interested in cutting costs while still being able to have the most memorable day ever, here are seven ways that hosting a morning wedding will help you stay within budget.

1. Your Ceremony and Reception Venues Will Be Cheaper

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Traditionally, wedding venues are more expensive—and more likely to be booked up—in the evening. By choosing to have a morning wedding, you’re more likely to receive not only a better rate, but also more options when it comes to dates and days of the week. That’s right; you’re more likely to get that primo spot in June with a morning wedding.

2. You Can Cut Costs with Most Wedding Vendors

Because morning weddings aren’t the norm, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to negotiate for cheaper rates with most vendors, including everyone from caterers and hairdressers to rental services. However, you might encounter some resistance with such an early call time. You never know if you don’t ask, but you might be pleasantly surprised at the response.

3. Breakfast Catering Costs Less than Dinner

A wall of donuts at a brunch wedding reception.

Food takes up a large part of a wedding’s budget. As it turns out, breakfast fare is typically cheaper than a three-course dinner. Think about it: eggs, toast, hash browns, bacon, pancakes, and waffles are way more inexpensive than a steak or even chicken main course. Plus, everyone loves breakfast food!

4. You Won’t Have to Splurge on a Bar for the Reception

That’s right—there’s no question on whether you should do an open or cash bar, because a morning wedding means there isn’t a bar at all! Which means you’re saving a lot of money on liquor, wine, and beer costs. You could choose to have a totally dry morning wedding and simply serve coffee and tea, or you could offer a choice of mimosas and bloody marys as your cocktail of choice. Either way, your wallet will be happy.

5. You Don’t Need to Wear a Fancy “Bridal” Dress

A bride and groom standing on a dirt path and wearing casual shoes.

This is the morning, so you can afford to be a little more casual with your wedding attire. If you don’t want to go all out with the big ballgown or the fancy tuxedo, you definitely don’t have to. While you and your fiancé might still want to wear a dress and a suit, you likely won’t opt for traditional gowns for bridesmaids or tuxes for groomsmen, either. This means your wedding party will save money on their wedding attire, too—something they will be very grateful for!

6. You Don’t Need a DJ for the Reception

It’s not like there’s any rule against dancing in the morning. Of course, you should kick up your heels if you feel like it! But, let’s face it: most people don’t want to dance it out to funky tunes in the morning. Trim your costs and settle for setting up your phone or tablet for some DIY music to set the mood and ambience without the need for a DJ to get everyone out on the dance floor.

7. You May not Need the Most Expensive Photographer

A photographer taking a photo of a bride and groom in a field.

Photos are a must for your wedding. When you’re getting married in the morning, you’ll most likely be treated to tons of natural light and sunshine, which means your photographer might not need to use extensive lighting or a lot of editing when it comes to getting your photos just right. For this reason, you might consider using a talented friend to snap your pics or asking the photographer for a reduced rate.

While a morning wedding might not be very traditional, it definitely has its charms and perks, including being budget-friendly. Weddings can add up quickly, so if you’re looking to cut costs hosting an early wedding might be just what you’re looking for.

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