- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2015
Okay, ladies, I need a little bit of input here. FI and I ended up making some concessions in order to have our officiant of choice perform our wedding ceremony, so we are scheduled to have our Catholic mass in the early afternoon on Sunday 10/11/15. We have the church starting at 1, which in my mind means a 1:30 or 2:00pm ceremony (not really sure how much we want/need to decorate, tbh). Our ceremony site is about a 30 minute drive from the reception hall, where we are debating serving either heavy appetizers/wedding pie/booze or some sort of buffet dinner…our current front-runners being a breakfast for dinner bar or a bbq buffet. I am wondering though, what sort of timeline makes sense, given that it is a Sunday. We scheduled it for a long weekend, but do have a number of guests who will have to work the following day.
When I initially was thinking this through, I would prefer the following timeline:
1:30 ceremony, with about an hour for mass
3:00 as a starting time for guests to start arriving at our reception site – cocktail hour with some light apps/snacks
4:00(ish?) for us to be introduced at the reception…though possibly closer to 4:30, depending on how things are going…
However, unless we run a mega early-bird special on dinner, I can’t see feeding guests THAT early…
5:00 would be the earliest I would want to open the buffet…I think we would probably do any toasts, special dances, speeches, etc. during this time?
6:00 we could open the floor to dancing…
However, future FIL thinks we should be shutting down the party around 7PM to give people time to travel home and get ready for work the next day.
I’d prefer to schedule our reception venue until 9:00 (or 8:00?) so that we have a little time for dancing, a party, dj, drinks, mirth, laughter, and good times. I am also thinking that we will probably suggest to the local crowd/anyone who is staying that we’re moving to an after-party at our favorite local bar…mostly because I think it would be fun a fun time and a great memory to make. The guests who are around our age are almost all local, or have the following day off (academic year schedule – teachers or employees of colleges/universities), so I think there’s a decent chance we would be good making it until 8:00 or 9:00.
Any thoughts or experiences scheduling a Sunday wedding?