Post # 1
We are planning an outdoor ceremony at Papago Park in Phoenix in May. Highs are usually 85 but can be in the low 90s. I have reserved a patio at a lovely restaurant for our 60 or so guests at 11:15. We cannot have the cake at the restaurant, no outside food. If we have the ceremony before the brunch, I feel like we’d have to have the First Look pics at 8, ceremony at 9, 930 to 10:45 we could have a mini reception with cake, punch, coffee and champagne / sparkling whatever while we take more pics with family, then we have to leave about 1045 for the brunch.
I was thinking, we are not very traditional. We could do First Look photos from 945 to 1045, brunch from 11:15 to 1:00, have the ceremony at 1:30 and then have the mini reception after the ceremony.
What do you bees think? Mocktail hour after ceremony/before brunch? Or brunch, then ceremony, then cake/chanpagne, and throw all tradition to the wind?
Post # 3
@RLDugas: I don’t know what in which order, but I love the idea of wedding breakfasts and non-evening ceremonies, so I think you are on the right track fomr something elegant, different, and fun.
Post # 4
@RLDugas: One other consideration is budget. If we have champagne, mimosas, etc at a mini reception before the brunch, we wont have a huge liquor tab at the restaurant. We dont have that many drinkers in our guest list, but it is EIGHT DOLLARS for a mimosa. People WILL have to drive the two miles from the park to the brunch, so they cant get all sloshed there either. Sight, decisions, decisions.
Post # 5
TO RLDugas: first and foremost, I see you are new to WBee… so a BIG WELCOME to “The Hive”
I LOVE the ideas you are entertaining… great when folks are looking at doing things differently than what everyone else does
Of your list, my fave would be… First Look – Wedding Brunch – Ceremony – Cake & Champagne
BUT a lot of that has to do with the fact that I much prefer my Cake & Champagne after the actual Wedding… because for me, they are symbols of the Wedding Celebration more than just a meal (so in this scenario it would sort of be Dessert on the day)
On the otherhand, IF you could talk to the Venue some more, you might discover that there would be a way around the issue of bringing food in…
What if, they were the Contractor / Go Between … so you made the Arrangements for what you wanted with the Cake Baker, and they ordered it, and then charged you for it as part of the Venue Costs
Sometimes the issue is the RULE is put in place to stop people from bringing along their own items (like a homemade cake) not necessarily applicable to another Licensed Food Vendor (because obviously a Venue infact won’t always make everything 100% from scratch)
This honestly could be a case where you guys aren’t on the same page, because of the wording…
Certainly worth checking into / confirming once again, before you give up on the idea entirely
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
@This Time Round: The restaurant already said no, unfortunately. They have a big reception business there through the hotel to which they are attached– minimum $10k events. So, no wedding cake, and no professional photography on site or you have to book an actual reception. We have plenty of friends who can hold a steady camera so, it is just the issue of what to do at a park in between the ceremony and the rececption, and when to have cake.