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Make Your Wedding Last All Day (and night) Long

Tips + Advice // by Chloe Bassett

We are loving the trend towards out-of-the-box wedding start times. Think mid-wedding galas, Friday fiestas, weekend-long parties, sunrise soirées and lunch celebrations like this sunshine-drenched rustic affair.

“Make your day an all-day celebration, especially if you include a sunrise wedding followed by breakfast or mid morning brunch,” says Danielle from white + white wedding and events, who has been seeing this style gain momentum.

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“Lunchtime feasts are becoming increasingly popular, with long table feasting, beautiful wines and wedding merriment rolling into the late afternoon. Reserving an unusual time will mean more venue availability at a reduced rate.”

This recent example brings the best of the bush into a luxe shared lunch with cheery yellow accents, entertainment from a harpist and live band and a naked cake (our favourite!) adorned with native flora.

Coordination & Styling: white + white wedding + events // Florals: The Butterfly Lounge | Cake: Jocelyn Provisions | Chalk Boards: Fox & Fallow | Chairs: Epic Empire | Photography: The Left Lane


1. Location, location, location!
Be sure to choose a ceremony location that has spectacular views so the sunrise is worth it!

2. Feed your guests well
Having friends and family attend your ceremony at 6am will certainly help them work up an appetite and there can be some seriously delicious food on offer! Think hot chocolates, breads and pastries, juice bars, farmers market or picnic style set-ups.

3. Be super organised
Having access to your venue the day before the wedding is a must! Any jobs that can be done before the wedding day should be completed, to ensure the precious time in the wee hours of the morning is used only for last-minute tasks.

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A feast fit for a country reception – written on rustic-chic blackboards, it’s the ideal accessory for a romantic wedding day lunch.

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A naked cake is equal parts casual and luxe, and it’s a truly a delectable dessert for this a lunchtime reception.

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Seating your guests at one long table creates a communal feel, and piles of sunflowers and olive-hued greenery are an oh-so-happy touch.

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Don’t you just love those florals? We’re suckers for bright pops of yellow on reception tables…

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And tying it all together again on that glorious cake – keep the theme simple and sweet, and your all-day wedding will be sorted in moments.

Thanks to white + white weddings and events for their insightful planning tips!

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