- 3 years ago
Okay, big breath. So my October 4th Montana mountain wedding is coming up quick and I still can’t seem to pin down exactly how to pull it off. We decided a long time ago to only do a close intimate family ceremony (the fire tower we’re marrying in is only a 15×15 room). We’ve also decided to have a party with pleanty of heavy hors d’oeuvre served buffet style rather than a full meal (friendlier on budget and more variety/fun- I’m an appetizer lover!) These things have already been set. The problem I’m having is timing and the ceremony to reception transition. Here’s the two scenarios I have so far:
Noon: Start the ceremony (any earlier and I’m afraid it would be too chilly)
12:30: photos (leaves us 1 hour)
1:30: drive to reception
2:00: Reception starts with clip of our ceremony leading into our introduction, entrance, and first dance, father daughter dance to follow, toasts, and then opening of the dance floor probably with something corny but fun and involving like a conga line or ymca (any ideas would be appreciated).
2:30: food and drinks put out
3:00: Cut the cake, boquet/garter toss, sometime after put up slideshow of F and I as kiddos up to now sort of thing
5:00: last song, wrap up party, move to nearby restaurant for dinner and drinks. After dinner closer friends/family move to fire tower for smores/campfire fun
4pm: start ceremony
4:30: photos (1 1/2 hours for photos)
6:00: drive to reception
6:30: Ceremony starts, guests will have hopefully already had an early dinner as will be advised
Same from here on out except ending around 10/10:30 and skipping the after reception dinner/drinks. Still the possibility of moving to the tower for the fire.
Which time frame would be better? I don’t want to make it during dinner or lunch times because it’s only appetizers but at the same time we plan on having lots for everyone to eat and get full on. Will people be put off by an earlier reception? Will people want to go eat as a group afterward or would they get offended by having to pay for their own dinner? And is there anything I’m missing or misplacing during the reception?