- It largely eliminates that eddies-in-the-time-space-continuum that is the gap between ceremony and reception. That eddy is particularly painful for out-of-town guests–what do they do for the ensuing one to three hour break?
- If you’re having an outdoor, summer wedding, it reduces the sunstroke factor. This pasty Canadian appreciates that sort of thing.
- If you’re not getting married in a church or other specialized location, you can have the ceremony and reception in one spot. This saves money, and enables everybody to stay put.
- It reduces the duration of the entire enterprise. Let’s be frank, if the wedding starts at 2:00pm, you’re likely to be in formal wear for 10 hours, and spending too much time with your great aunt Gladys. Weddings are fun, but there is too much of a good thing. This is doubly true for those who don’t know a lot of people at the wedding–which is usually the majority of guests.
Of course, the obvious downside of all this is that you probably have to do your photos before the ceremony. This will upset traditionalists who don’t think the bride and groom should see each other beforehand. We did it that way (heck, our ceremony started at 7:00pm) and haven’t split up yet (er, touch wood).
Ultimately it should be the bride and groom’s decision–that’s who the day is about. I say you should shirk tradition, think of your guests, and start the wedding in the late afternoon.