Availability of all your wedding suppliers including the venue – more likely to be able to book your dream wedding venue and all your wedding suppliers/businesses for any time of the year. Most wedding venues are booked out at least a year ahead, the benefit of having a lunchtime wedding is you will probably be able to get the date you want very easily. Same with the Limousine company, the DJ, the Priest/Celebrant etc whom I am sure would have very little business on at lunchtime.
Cost – You should be able to negotiate a much cheaper price with most of the wedding suppliers including the venue – who normally wants a limousine for a Saturday/Sunday morning? Plus your alcohol bill may also be less as people tend not to drink as much during the day.
You could also hold your wedding on a Sunday lunchtime without guests having to worry about having a hangover or having to get up early for work the next morning (even if they do drink, it would have worn off by that night).
Guests with Kids – A lot of your guests with children would be much happier with a lunchtime wedding, if they bring their kids, they won’t have to worry about leaving early because the kids have to go to bed. If they have a babysitter, they don’t have to rush back.
Elderly people would probably also prefer a lunchtime wedding as a night time wedding can get too late for them. Availability of Taxis – Ordering Taxis to go home for your guests would be a lot easier.
Not much time to get ready in the morning. Most Brides don’t want to rush getting ready so will probably have to get up really early. We got married at 10 am and our Reception started at 1 pm. We had to get up at 6 am to get ready and by the time my bridesmaids and I got our hair and makeup done, it was a rush to put my dress on and get into the Limousine to get to the ceremony. Your guests may also not like having to rush to get ready and having the wedding ceremony so early.
Sunburn – (if taking photos outside) On my wedding day it was about 24 degrees and cloudy, we spent about 2.5 hours getting photos done in various outdoor places and by the time we got to the wedding reception we were all burnt. Luckily my makeup protected my face but my chest and arms were bright red – not a good look for your wedding day. So remember to use sun cream and even take a couple of umbrellas to protect yourselves.
Time of Wedding Reception – Our wedding reception was a lot shorter than normal – only 4 hours (from 1 pm – 5 pm). Our wedding reception venue made my husband and I leave at 4.30pm so they could get all our guests to leave by 5 pm because they then had another wedding at 6 pm so had time to clean up. Normally a wedding would last from around 6 pm – midnight and it just wasn’t enough time for us. But you could get around this by inviting your guest to continue celebrating with you in the cocktail lounge of the hotel you are staying in.
So in summary the benefits of a lunchtime wedding are really the cost and availability of wedding suppliers, the disadvantages are the shorten Reception time and rush to get ready in the morning.