Pros And Cons Of An Evening Wedding

rustic wedding couple

Kimberly and Philips’s wedding day was a lesson on going with the flow and being flexible. Due to unavoidable circumstances their big day started a few hours later then anticipated. How would you feel if this happened on your wedding day? Not sure how we would react, but from seeing Kimberly and Philips’s spectacular day we would have no problem with it.

Keep reading to hear advice from Kimberly on the pros and cons of an evening wedding! Bonus- read on to get heir full budget breakdown. Do not to see all the details up close in the full gallery created by Ooh! Events and beautifully captured by Brandon Lata in the full gallery here.

monochromatic white bouquet

blue bridesmaids and cute red headed flower girl

From the Bride

Don’t freak out! No matter how well you plan every detail, you can’t plan for everything. We had to deal with rain and a traffic accident that kept guests and some key wedding players from getting to our venue on time (it didn’t involve any guests!). We were running an hour behind waiting due to the traffic getting to our already small affair.

Our wedding planner and coordinator were godsends. They made all the right adjustments needed and and worked with our vendors quickly. After taking some deep breaths, we just rolled with it. We still had to get married without some of our family being there for the ceremony (including 2 flower girls) but luckily, we were able to keep it all in perspective. Just remember that no matter what happens, it all works out as long as you stay flexible! 

trolley transportation

barn ceremony venue

dapper groom and his men

bride and groom

I thought I was taking the hassle out of shopping for a wedding dress by buying my gown online. Although it was everything I wanted, I neglected to consider proper undergarments until the last-minute. Finding something that would work with the thin layers and cut of my dress was no picnic – and I still wish I had taken more care and time to find just the right fit. If you aren’t going to a bridal salon for your fittings – you may benefit from seeking some professional assistance!

seating chart mirror

cake scented candle wedding favor

gold pink and purple centerpieces

farm table with elegant table settings

We tried to include family as much as possible by having large, long tables for family as well as the wedding party. We also made a lot of our own photo booth props. In addition, we hand-poured soy candles and painted the jars to serve as wedding favors/place cards. We scented them to match our sea salt caramel wedding cake. They looked great with the décor and theme – and now, making candles for others has become our business! Everyone can Take the Cake! 

hanging initials and salted caramel cupcakes

chandeliere lit cake table

elegant white wedding cake

cutting the cake

Pros & Cons of an Evening Wedding

Do you love the romance of a candle lit wedding ceremony but worry that some of your guest might not be so keen on the idea of an evening wedding? Well here are some of the pros and cons of evening weddings to hopefully help you decide.

Pros:
The romantic factor of a ceremony under the stars cannot be beat.
There is plenty of time to get ready for the I dos
Less of a need for a large wedding dinner, a light buffet would suit the occasion nicely.
It automatically feels like a formal event once the sun sets.
Less to spend on shade canopies.

Cons:
A late start could make for a late end to the night, and cleaning up after would make it later.
Your reception might be even shorter due to the time and guests departing before you’d like.
Evening shots are tough for photographers to capture.
Evening events are popular and therefore could be more expensive.

evening barn wedding

saying i do

sparkler ceremony exit

Event designer & Coordinator: Ooh! Events

Photography: Brandon Lata
Venue: Boone Hall
Flowers: Out of the Garden
Cake: Wild Flour Pastry
Caterer: Cru Catering
Dress designer: BHLDN
Prop/furniture rentals: Ooh! Events
Officiant: Wedding Bell Rev
dishware: Polished!
specialty linens: Nuage Linens

Read on to see how much this rustic evening wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

 

BUDGET:
Wedding-specfic only (minus rehearsal dinner, lodging, ect….) $47,000
Ceremony/Reception Venue: $3,000
Wedding Wear (including Bride/Groom plus purchase on wedding party outfits and hair/makeup): $6,500
Catering/Bar: $12,000
Event Planning & Coordination: $3,500
Rentals/Furniture/Table wear and bar: $9,000
Flowers: $3,250
Trolley/Transportation: $1,900
Entertainment (duo, DJ, Photo Booth): $1,350
Photography (full package): $6,000
Officiant: $500

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