Interestingly, evening weddings (starting around 6pm) are now more popular than daytime weddings – especially in the middle of summer. However, there are plenty of reasons to have a daytime wedding instead. You’ll have more flexibility with the type of event you want and even perhaps jet off on your honeymoon that evening. You also won’t have that anxiety-ridden build up throughout the day! Here’s how to host a daytime wedding.
First up, it’s important to think about your timings. If you want to start earlier to finish earlier, then consider what time you need to get up to start getting ready! For example, a ceremony starting at 11am means it might be an early start for the bride and bridesmaids. But, it also means you can finish early evening and not feel exhausted.
Wedding Guest Attire
If you’re hosting a daytime wedding, then it’s unlikely your guests are going to turn up in ball gowns and white tie! However, this is where you can have a lot of fun because you can ask guests to turn up a bit more casual. Depending on where your wedding is, you could even opt for some kind of theme. We’re imagining a wooded wonderland!
The bride and groom can also go for something a bit more casual during a daytime wedding, too. If you want to go boho chic, do it! Daytime weddings suit more A-Line and slinky dresses, as opposed to embellished ball gowns. Men could opt for something in gray or blue instead of a formal black tux.
When it gets to the end of your big day, you could carry the evening on with some entertainment or even just take your close friends and family out for a celebratory meal. The sky really is the limit with a daytime ceremony!
40+ Times People Went Out of Their Way to Help New Moms
Thank You, Kind Stranger!
This woman tells the story of how a perfect stranger made her feel better when she was at her lowest. Her husband was working overseas during the birth of her baby. She already had another two-year-old child. To make things worse, she was staying far away from all her friends and family.
This led to her being constantly depressed and crying. One day, while sitting at a doctor’s office, a lady approached the new mother, placed her hand on her shoulder, and complimented her on her parenting skills.
The Never-Ending Job of Motherhood
Being a mother to a newborn can take away a lot of a woman’s time. Because of this, the number of soiled clothes and nappies can pile up. So can the clothes for the rest of the household members.
This woman didn’t have access to a washer or dryer, so her mother saved the day by coming once a week to pick up her grandson’s laundry. She then would bring it back all washed and dried a few days later.
No More Long Drives
One of the best moments of childbirth for the mother is carrying her beautiful baby in her arms while at home. However, in some cases, the newborn has to stay at the hospital for weeks.
However, as a new parent, there is nothing worse than having to leave your child. Especially for this woman who lived more than an hour away. So, to help the difficult period, her husband’s family rented her a place near to the hospital.
A Life Saver
After childbirth, most new mothers have postpartum baby blues, which include mood changes, crying episodes, anxiety, and problems sleeping. After the baby blues which last a few weeks comes postpartum depression which is more severe and long-lasting.
This woman’s friend recognized her symptoms of postpartum depression and assured her that she wasn’t alone. Every morning she’d text her and organize a coffee date which got the other woman through this tough time.
Milk and Cookies
This woman shares the story of how her milk hadn’t arrived three days after giving birth. Since her milk production was too low, she was able to breastfeed at first. While this is very normal, the new mother blamed herself.
Luckily, she had a lovely friend who delivered her own frozen milk. If that wasn’t kind enough, she also brought her delicious cookies as a sweet way (literally) to make the woman feel better.
Most women will find it extremely difficult to manage the energy that is required to cook meals. It is also very time-consuming. This woman’s mother saved the day by making her enough frozen dinners to last her a whole month.
This allowed her to be able to enjoy delicious and nourishing meals, without compromising on bonding time with her newborn baby. This woman is still thankful to her mother today for this kind gesture.
Keeping Her Company
There are both joys and hardships that come with being a new mother. What you might not expect is the sense of loneliness that many parents, especially first-time mothers, feel after giving birth to a child. Any major life transition, such as starting a new career or relocating to a new city, is known to produce feelings of isolation.
Few people, however, discuss how alienating having a new baby can be. This woman said the nicest thing people did for her was sitting down on the couch and talking with her.
Words of Encouragement
Contrary to what most people will say, many women have found that the newborn stage of having a baby is nowhere near magical. Women find themselves under constant pressure and stress. The best advice this woman received was actually from her father.
Instead of reassuring her how fabulous motherhood is, he told her the ugly truth. You might be wondering what this could be? Well, basically what he said was that it’s very hard in the beginning but that it does get better.
Keeping Her Cool
One of the most important things anyone can tell a woman who has just given birth is that it is completely okay to struggle with breastfeeding. As a new mom, it is also fine if you do not feel like doing it anymore.
You still care about your child and are an excellent parent. Nursing or not nursing is a personal and unique decision for each person. Remember, it is not even a necessary requirement.
Love You, Parents!
Sometimes the thing that a new mother needs the most is her parents nearby. Their comfort, care, and constant reassurance are most helpful during this vulnerable time period.
This is why this woman still recalls how her parents dropped everything for her right after her troublesome and early delivery. Not only did they drive overnight but they also cleaned and organized her home. Thank goodness for these kind-hearted parents!
For many women, making the transition to motherhood was difficult. However, the support of friends and family around them made it easier. These women will look back on those early baby days as first-time parents with a pleasant perspective because of the love that was shown to them in days when they were only surviving.
This support can come in various forms. Just a simple encouraging text message such as “You’ve got this!” can make a world of difference to a new mother.
Guys clench their teeth when things become tough, but luckily women can call on their girlfriends. While men’s bodies are programmed to go into fight or flight in times of stress, women’s bodies are built to seek personal interaction with others.
When things get stressful for mothers with young children, they need to know they have somebody to resort to. For example, this woman’s best friend dropped by and immediately knew to wash dishes.
Caffeine Is Needed
When this woman’s first child was just a few weeks old, she made a joke request for coffee on Facebook. Her request did not go unnoticed and her aunt arrived on the doorstep half an hour later with a latte and a sweet treat.
The aunty then sent the woman off to have a lengthy shower while she cradled the baby. To this day, this mother is still grateful to her aunt for this kind gesture.
Cleaning the Kitchen
No one should ever doubt the impact not having to do chores has on a new mother. Cleaning the house is a very important duty that piles up after a day. So this becomes a huge source of stress for women who are unable to do it.
This lucky woman had this very problem until a loved one did something unthinkable. They hired her a cleaning service for six months so that every time she arrived home, everything was spotless.
This woman was exhausted and in excruciating pain after her delivery, so her mother assisted her in taking a shower. Not only was she a mother taking care of her child and grandchild but she was also preparing her daughter.
We should never underestimate the importance of the help a mother can give to her daughter. Even if the daughter is a mother herself. Being taken care of by her own mother helped the woman feel safe and loved.
The Best Surprise
This woman’s husband was serving in the military. She and her family had just moved to a new town where they knew no one, and they also didn’t have the funds to spend on a baby shower.
So when she was greeted with a surprise baby shower after returning home from the hospital with her new baby, she was overwhelmed with joy. Her new neighbor had organized the whole thing. She now had new friends and baby products.
This woman had a very difficult labor. After she had given birth, there were some health complications that caused her to bleed profusely. She was extremely exhausted, and her nurse in charge had suggested she take a bath to clean herself up.
However, she was too weak to shower on her own. She was also scared that she would start bleeding again. So her husband and the nurse helped her take a shower. He reassured her that she was safe and those comforting words made a huge difference.
Above and Beyond
This woman shares the story of how she had two baby showers. She had only invited around 10 people for the first baby shower, including two of her best friends who also happened to be pregnant and sick. The day didn’t end off going as planned.
Naturally, this really upset the woman. So, a month later, her church threw her a surprise baby shower. While most of the guests were strangers, they were happy to be there and honor her baby.
There is nothing wrong with parents who use baby formula. Formula-fed babies can develop at the same rate as breastfed newborns. Due to medical necessity and societal restrictions, the baby formula might be extremely important for the child.
Yet there is still such a negative stigma around mothers choosing to formula feed their babies. So when this woman’s lactation consultant gave her the thumbs up, it did her the world of good.
Mother Knows Best
This woman shares the story of how the nicest gesture someone ever did for her came from her mother. When her baby was born, both she and her husband were in the military and stationed in different states. He left the day after she got out of the hospital.
She was alone, away from home, and with a newborn who missed his father. That is when she opened the door to see her mother in front of her. She had driven for hours to take her home.
Baby-Proofing the House
This woman went into labor five weeks before she was due to give birth. Because of this, her nursery wasn’t ready and nothing was installed. Yet, she didn’t need to fear because help was near!
Without even telling her, her friends gathered around — and not only bought but also set up everything she needed. The woman was beside herself with gratitude when she returned home. She still believes it is the most incredible thing someone has ever done for her family.
Finding Kindness in Strangers
We have all had that moment in life where we are standing in line with a basket full of needed groceries, and then the credit card or gift card you have in your hand gets declined. So stressful!
Such was the case for this woman who was standing in line in the grocery store, with her one-month-old child in her arms. So when the gift card she was trying to use declined, an elderly woman stepped in and saved the day.
An Angel From Above
This woman found herself alone with a newborn baby and it soon became quite overwhelming for her to take care of the child. The loneliness and exhaustion were harmful to her mind.
Until one day her husband’s best friend who also happened to be their next-door neighbor informed her that his wife could help out. She happened to work in daycare so it was the perfect solution.
Tender Loving Care
Loneliness during labor can have a huge negative impact on the overall experience for the mother. This woman was in labor to give birth when her husband had been deployed. She only had her mother with her, and no one else.
So, when the anesthesiologist at the base hospital learned this, he did everything in his power to make her time more comfortable. A little TLC goes a long way!
Sometimes newborn children will have to be kept in intensive care under observation for a few days due to health issues. In these situations, the parents really suffer from worrying so much.
After this woman’s husband and she returned home from the NICU, the night shift nurses would email them images of their twin boys. It relieved her guilt about returning home to rest and gave her peace of mind until she could see her babies again.
The Laundry Saint
While acts of kindness from loved ones are always appreciated, whenever a stranger does something nice it almost feels non-real. This is simply because they do not owe us anything, yet they took time out of their day to do something nice for us.
This woman shares the most thoughtful gesture she received from a stranger. An older man folded all of her washing when she was at the laundromat with her newborn twins.
Looking After Her
Sometimes the nicest thing you can do for a new mother is just pay attention to what she needs. This can even be in the form of bringing her food from her favorite fast food place. A little Maccy D’s can go a long way!
This woman really felt the love from her family when her baby was born. From paying for professional pictures to taking immediate trips to offer their support. It sounds like she has a family with hearts of gold.
Coffee on the House
There are many things that new mothers appreciate. An act of kindness. A reassuring smile. A judgment-free space to feed their child. This next poster reveals the time a barista offered her all of the above plus a little something extra.
The waitress had noticed the new mother was in a bit of distress and decided to help make the situation better. Free coffee and a chocolate muffin can go a long way!
Bringing Frozen Meals
New parents don’t have the ability to plan or prepare a meal. They even need to be told every now and then to eat. After this woman had her child, her husband’s best friend’s girlfriend, cooked a week’s worth of frozen meals for them.
It was such a wonderful and surprising gesture, especially since they had only met once before. Who would have thought that the girlfriend of your partner’s best friend would be so thoughtful?
Her Husband Helped
As the husband of the woman who just gave birth and the father to the newborn child, it is the man’s duty and responsibility to make sure he is spending enough time with his children.
This is a great way to help the mother get enough rest, heal from childbirth, and for the father to spend quality time with his new child. This woman’s husband did exactly that and even took unpaid leave. Sounds like this decision was much needed!
Blessings on Blessings
Sometimes the parents of the newborn have plans to do things in a certain way, but circumstances change that initial plan. For instance, this woman’s baby arrived two weeks early, and she hadn’t finished getting the baby’s cot ready.
However, when they got home from the hospital, everything was set up by her mother-in-law. From new onesies to cleaning the entire house, it sounds like this woman is a blessing from above.
Little Miss Independent
This woman’s baby insisted on being held all of the time. If she dozed off, she would awaken as soon as her parents placed her down. This meant the mother and the father were no longer able to sit down and have a meal at the same time.
Dinner dates and celebratory meals were a thing of the past for this couple. So during a Thanksgiving dinner, this woman’s father insisted on abandoning his food and took the child to a quieter room. Turns out, grandad knows best!
Crying Over Carbs
Every new mother needs and deserves ‘me time.’ This will allow you to focus on yourself. It is critical to ensure that you are eating healthily and exercising regularly in order to care for your family.
Relaxation is also beneficial to one’s health. This woman’s little sister ensured that this new mom was well taken care of right after giving birth. Who knew how great pasta and a movie could be?
Stayed Up All Night
According to the story of this woman, the nicest thing someone ever did for her after she gave birth was staying up till late with her baby. As a new mom, she was a bundle of nerves with tremendous anxiety.
Her lovely husband allowed her to get some shuteye by stepping in and staying up all night. And when it was time to breastfeed, he would simply bring her the baby. He did this for almost a month and a half.
The Best Sister
Teen pregnancy can affect the women’s employment opportunities later in life because it’s extremely difficult to care for a child and receive a formal education. This is why a lot of young moms are forced to drop out of college.
According to the statistics, Only 40% of teen mothers complete high school, and less than 2% of teen mothers complete college by the age of 30. With that being said, this woman is extremely grateful for her sister’s help.
The Diaper Giver
There are never enough diapers or wipes for a parent. Bringing this present is always a safe and welcomed gesture. Before you buy, be sure you know what size you need.
You don’t want to bring them something that isn’t the right size. Take a look at this woman’s story. She says the nicest gesture she received was when a family member set up a monthly distribution of a large box of diapers with a shipment of bulk wipes for an entire year.
The Kindest Older Couple
Young children, especially infants are highly prone to car sickness. This woman’s daughter would frequently vomit in the car. One day they were driving to visit some relatives when the child started feeling nauseous. So they pulled up in front of someone’s house because she began throwing up.
The parents of the child escorted her outside and used some wipes to clean her up. Then, from the house in front of them, an older couple came out and offered her some water and a towel to help her clean up.
Women who suffer from postpartum depression have a really hard time not feeling like a complete failure for the smallest things. This can lead them to highly unhealthy mental states which can harm the baby and the mother.
This woman suffered from terrible postpartum depression to the point where she ended up in the hospital a week after giving birth. Her mother-in-law stepped in without any judgement and helped nurse her back to health.
While the parents of this newborn were in the hospital following the birth, some friends came over to watch their dogs. While there, they noticed a few things around the house that needed repairing.
Instead of just informing them of these issues, this friend handled everything and left a big bag of supplies for additional help. This was extremely sweet and thoughtful. While most people focused on the baby’s needs, this guy was thinking practically.
Everyone wants to come over when a baby is born to see and meet the new arrival. That isn’t a problem at all! However, it is important to give the family some time and space before imposing on them. Now, this obviously does not apply to immediate friends and family.
Yet some mothers might appreciate people who stayed at home and waited until they were ready for visitors. It’s exhausting to give birth, and the last thing she will want to do is clean and cook for others.
Eating in Peace
For most women, the act of eating their meals in peace becomes a luxury during the first few months of having a newborn baby. So when this woman said that the most touching gesture from her friends was letting her eat her meals while it was still hot, we believed her.
If the baby got cranky or has to be changed or fed while they’re eating, one of her friends insisted on taking care of him so she could eat uninterrupted.
Women who give birth naturally sometimes have extensively long labors. This can be extremely draining. This woman’s mother and boyfriend simply let her spend a few days in bed and she felt pampered.
Catching up on sleep while taking care of her child was basically all she could ask for. This also played a huge role in her quick recovery after the trauma and fatigue of natural birth. Thank goodness for her family!
Never Going Hungry
A meal train is simply an organized manner for friends and relatives to provide food to a family in need. Meal trains are usually performed during a traumatic life event to relieve someone’s stress.
So, when a friend of this family used a website to set up a meal train for them after the birth of their child, it made life so much easier for them. Plus, it showed them how kind strangers can be in times of need.
A Hopeful Gesture
Sometimes things in life do not go as planned. The birth of a child is one such thing. This woman’s child was born 11 weeks early and spent a long time in the NICU.
During this time, she was under a lot of stress. Her best friend, who happens to be a pediatric nurse, rescheduled her work schedule to assist the new mother. This made a huge difference in taking some of the load off.