Post # 1
So I found out that our church only has the 12 pm ceremony time open on the day I booked my reception venue. The ceremony will be the no-mass version so I imagine it can’t last longer than 1 hr, and only close friends and family will be attending the service. The reception venue is about 20 minutes away.
I plan on having a cocktail hour with hors d’ouevres to let guests arrive at the venue who didn’t attend the service. My friend informed me that the guests from my service are going to be famished and will probably kill me if I don’t serve lunch immediately. I figured that they would be smart enough to just eat breakfast and then a light lunch/snack before the service, but I guess not :p
The point is, what time should I have cocktail hour and lunch, and how should I let the guests at my service and the reception only guests how to prepare for a late lunch?
(I COULD just have the reception at like, 5, but I want to avoid the Catholic gap as in-town people will be driving an hour to the reception area, and out-of-town people will have nothing to do.)
Post # 3
I have a similar dilemma. Our ceremony is at 1pm; non-mass but only 10-15 minutes away from the reception site. The reception is only 4 miles from the hotels where people will stay. We are hoping to have cocktail hour 4-5pm and an early dinner at 5pm. Hoping that people will either relax at their hotel or walk around the botanical gardens where the reception will be.
You could just make sure to have heavy snacks during the cocktail hour to hold people over. Especially if you want to do pictures, toats, 1st dances, etc before the meal. I think people will know that they need to eat something before a noon wedding. But they will expect some food within a few hours. I think your plan will be fine, just lots of food during cocktail hour for them to snack on. 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 4
I have the same issue as our ceremony is at 11.30. We plan on providing traditional afternoon tea at the church for our guests straight after the ceremony. Finger sandwhiches, scones and mini cupcakes… enough to keep them going until the reception!! We will also be giving guests glass of bubbly to make it extra special 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks guys for the input. I didn’t think it was too much to ask for grown adults to not eat for 2 hours lol.
How does this timeline look? I am giving everyone 45 minutes to get to the reception site, which seems like a lot, but I don’t think everyone is just going to run out of the church and rush off, they probably will need to use the bathroom or whatever haha, and it should give us a couple minutes to take some extra photos in the church if we need to.
10:20 first look
10:30-11:15 family photos/feed people who are hungry
11:15-12 usher in guests
12:45-1:30 ceremony guests travel to reception area
1:30-2:30 cocktail hour/bridal party photos
3:30-4 toasts/cake cutting
4-6:30 dancing and lawn games/ last call for alcohol at 6