Crazy? No. Probably inconvenient for a lot of people to take the full day off of work unless it is a destination wedding, and they would be taking off the day anyways. I'd expect a fair share of declines though.
No not crazy. If it’s summer or late spring it shouldn’t be an issue with school being out. Guests can find arrangements for kids if coming from out of town. I would anticipate a lot of declines anytime of the year on a Friday. I thought about Friday eve for mine and traffic alone in Dallas made me say no.
Depends what you mean by morning (and if it’s a destination wedding or one where people will have to travel).
It also really depends on what you mean by morning if you have an 11 AM start time that’s not the worst but 8-9 would be rough. I know when I get ready for weddings it’s about 1.5-2 hours of getting myself together and then including an hour for travel and a snack/coffee. Also it’s considerate to get to the ceremony 15-20 minutes early so with an 11AM start time I’d be getting up at 7:30 whereas an 8AM wedding Id be getting up at 4:30ish (and the Queen of England could be live streaming herself naked-juggling and I wouldn’t wake up for that at that hour let alone a wedding.)
You will probably get a lot of declines, except from really close family members or retired people. For local guests, it means taking off a day from work. For out of town guests, it probably means taking off two days from work.
Only you know how important it is to you to have a lot of people there. Some people like having a quasi-elopement, with only a few people there. But if you want a big wedding, Friday morning is probably not the time for it.
I think a Friday morning wedding is super inconvenient for a lot of people. I would also caution against an early morning wedding in general...I was a bridesmaid in a 10am wedding on a Sunday and the bridesmaids had to get up at 4am to allow enough time for everyone to eat, shower, get dressed and get their hair and make up done. There were 7 of us plus the MOB and the Bride, so maybe it wouldn’t have been as long if it were a smaller bridal party but it was a pretty miserable experience.
We had a Friday morning wedding!! Ceremony started at 9:30 am.
we did have a few people ask why we would do that, but when we explained our reasoning they thought it made sense. I was hard set against doing Friday because I didn’t want to inconvenience guests, but you know what? Most people came and as far as I know and have been told everyone had an amazing time! Do as much as you can to make your guests happy but at the end of the day you can’t please everyone so do what works for you.
You're definitely not crazy to pick a morning wedding. Mornings are beautiful! I'd suggest making sure your photographer is amazing with lighting. Depending on what time you're doing pictures, and if you're depending on natural light, your photographer may have great advice! Mornings around coastal areas can be hazy, the gold color in early morning lighting may be a consideration, etc. Remember what's important is for you to do what will make the two of you happy!
It's not crazy, nor do I think its inconsiderate. The people that want to be there will be there and will have a great time. Plus it gives you more time to spend with people after the reception if you wanted to.
When we chose our venue, the wedding coordinator there said it didn't matter where or when you have a wedding, the people who love you will come. We also chose a Friday but we chose a 5pm start time not because I don't love a morning ceremony I just wanted to have the extra time to get ready. It's your day and you know your guests so do what works best for you.
While I agree that your core family and friends will be there, you're probably still going to have a decent amount of people declining. I'm fortunate to have a job where I can take off pretty much any time I need to, so I'd still attend for a close friend. However, for someone I'm not super close to, a wedding that I'd have to travel for, or if I didn't have the flexibility at work that I have, I'd probably skip it.
Maybe if you give them a lot of notice to take off work? Some people may not be able to take off work that early. May I ask why the Friday morning wedding? Is this a normal thing for your crowd? Is the bridal party going to be able to take off work and willing to get ready really early in the morning. It takes hours to get ready for a wedding. Basically you and the bridal party need to be ready way before 10am.
No, I don’t think so.. most people will take the day off if they can.. I would just make sure to give enough notice !