Besides eating good food and partying, one of the first few things you associate wedding receptions with is that it happens at night… But does it always? The answer is: Nope! There are actually no rules as to what time you should hold your reception because you can technically get married during most parts of the day. But there are four major types of receptions that you can consider for your wedding if you’re planning to go the non-traditional route.
If you want to have a sunrise or early morning wedding, then a breakfast or brunch reception would be totally perfect for that. You have a whole day to celebrate your wedding, and you can make time for afterparties or maybe even leaving for your honeymoon on the same day. Now that’s something enticing to hear. There is a potential drawback though: You have to wake up really early, and you won’t have as much time to get ready as compared to your wedding being held in the afternoon. But hey, if you’re a morning person, then why not!
So if you still want to have a daylight reception but you don’t think you can wake up that early, a lunch reception would be a totally nice option, too! You get the best of both worlds with breakfast and dinner, getting natural light and being able to serve heavier food for meals. Win-win!
Cocktail receptions are meant to be casual and relaxed, with flowing drinks, good food, and guests mingling from table to table. This is perfect for the laid-back types of receptions, with chill themes and mostly hanging out with your guests. For this kind of reception, guests are usually standing–but you can opt for some seats just in case.
The most common type of reception is the dinner reception. This usually ends up extending beyond dinnertime, and there’s a lot of food and drinks here as well. You’ll have a lot more time to prepare if your wedding is held in the afternoon, and this means getting both daytime and nighttime pictures!