Halloween Wedding, Costumed Reception: When to change?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@HonoraryNerd:  Hm…I think if your guests are changing during the gap, you should as well. Otherwise, they’ll be in the background of your photos in costume, and I think that looks more strange than having you in costume as well. 


Post # 4
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

Sneaking out during dancing sounds perfect. Wouldn’t take very long to add the makeup. Everyone else can change during the gap. 

Post # 5
2276 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@HonoraryNerd:  sounds fun. i would wait to change until you do your first dances, maybe get some pics of you cutting the cake in costume. 🙂

Post # 6
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would change your make-up before the reception!

Post # 8
3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would either change after the ceremony and not have to deal with it at the reception, or do it while the guests are eating dinner and all eyes aren’t on you for awhile. The bridal party usually finishes eating before the guests anyway.

Post # 9
7292 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@HonoraryNerd:  I think you should do it before the reception. I would be a little miffed as a guest if you expected me to change clothes in time for your reception but then you didn’t. I would feel foolish and confused and kind of like you were playing a joke on us.

Did I read that you are not providing food for your guests? Are you expecting them to eat during the gap or is your reception at a non meal time? Because if I was your guests given the requirements of a costume  and the fact that you wont be feeding me and given the large gap, then I would probably skip the reception and just attend another halloween party or stay home. The fact that it is a wedding means that I can’t just throw on a garbage bag and come as trash, I would have to really think about the costume and probably spend more than I usually would.

Post # 11
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@HonoraryNerd:  what if people  go with weddig themed costumes and come dressed as bride of frankenstein, too?

Post # 13
1787 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d take a ton of normal looking pictures after the ceremony, then change before the reception.

Post # 14
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@HonoraryNerd:  are you going to let your guests know there won’t be a meal? I’ve been to a lot of gap weddings and dinner has always been served so I probably would not eat during the gap unless I specifically knew there was no dinner. Just something to think about.

Post # 15
5793 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I hate to say it, but the idea in general seems a little awkward. The 5-hour gap is pretty painful because as a guest I’ve got to get dressed twice now (assuMing I go back to my home or hotel because it’s such an odd block of time) and then I’ll have to get dressed a third time at the reception if I want to put a costume on. Maybe ditch the costume idea and as the host you could provide some masquerade masks, crazy accessories (feather boas, those long wooden cigarette holders, fake noses and glasses, wigs etc) that the guests could put on if they wanted, but wouldn’t take ages to do, and you could control when they get set out.

@hotpinkbride: +1 

i probably wouldn’t think to eat before an 8pm event because that’s still a pretty popular time for goimg out to dinner. I’d assume there was going to be a meal, so OP I hope it’s clear to the guests!

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