Post # 1
I’ve looked through past posts and didn’t see anything on this, so I’m sorry if I am duplicating this question…
So the venue that my FI and I want can only book us for the day, and need us out by 4:30 pm. (We are getting married next December and it’s the height of Corporate Chirstmas Party season).
So, if we have to be out of there so early, what do we do afterwards? I’ve only ever been to weddings that were later in the day and the reception lasted throughout the evening. It seems like we have a lot more time to spend with our friends, and I am not quite sure I want out of my dress that soon.
Does anyone have any suggestions, or do we just need to find another venue that we can have an evening reception?
P.S. We can’t afford to pay for a post reception party.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
If you want to spend more time with your friends and in your wedding dress, but don’t have the money to pay for a post reception party, you should probably book another reception. I can’t imagine bar-hopping in a wedding dress. :p
Or, perhaps someone could throw you an afterparty rather than a shower? I know I have about 20384 family friends clamoring to throw me a party, but I’m using those also as a day-after brunch, etc. 🙂
Post # 4
I agree with fiftyfootbride. I’d start looking for a place where you can have an evening reception. Especially if it’s still going to be within your budget.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2009 - Battery Gardens
I had a daytime wedding that ended at 4pm. We met up with many of our younger guests at a bar/lounge later that evening where we had asked for a section of the bar for our group. We were not only able to spend a bit more time with our friends who wanted to come but also got to relax in between. Everyone also paid for their own drinks. Many people came in part because they were making a weekend out of our wedding, so I don’t know if that makes a difference. I’ve also heard of evening home bbqs and get togethers as well.
I don’t think you necessarily need to pay for another reception. Is there a fun casual place thet you can find to have people meet afterwards?
I believe Mrs. Pinot Noir did the same thing as I did for her wedding since she also had a daytime wedding.
Post # 6
I had a friend who went to the hotel bar after the wedding with some friends and stayed in her gown.
I think Swan’s idea is perfect, too, and also an excuse to get a second outfit for the afterparty!
Post # 7
Mrs.Swan has an excellent idea, as does fiftyfootbride. You don’t NEED to have an evening reception.