Post # 1
Tell me what you think…
Invite time 5:30 pm. Ceremony 6:00 pm. For early guests and “stragglers” a Happy Hour will be available from 5-6:00 pm. Popcorn and prosecco cocktails would be available. Guests could also explore the venue and take photos.
Immediately following the brief ceremony at 6:00 pm guests would be seated for dinner.
Cocktail hours cause me anxiety. Lines are long at the bar. Food always passes by me. People don’t mingle they just chat with whomever they came with. Would you be okay with arriving early/ on time if you had refreshments and a cool venue to explore?
Venue link http://www.ansg.org
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
I love the idea – perhaps include that information with your invitations, on an extra information form? That way people who don’t want to come for the happy hour don’t have to, but those who would like to, know about it.
Post # 3
I would not explore the venue, if the invite says 5:30 I would expect the ceremony to start at 5:30. I wouldn’t go wondering off on the grounds expecting the ceremony to start 30 minutes after I was told to be there.
I don’t see how your idea of a happy hour would elimate your fears of long lines for the bar and people not mingling. The exact thing would happen whether it was before the ceremony or after.
However, if you want to do a happy hour before the ceremony, I would word the invites that “refreshements provided starting at 5 pm, ceremony will begin at 6”
Post # 4
pixiecat: people do not all arrive at the same time. Sure there can be a rush at some point, but right after the ceremony is over 150 people are ready for a drink.
hyzenthlay: good ideañ both of you, about spreading the word.I can easily add that on the wedding website where people will have to RSVP anyway.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
CurlyCue: we had an hour long cocktail hour before our ceremony (and one after the ceremony as well). Our invites had the ceremony time, but we made it clear through the wedding website, shuttle schedule, and word of mouth that everyone was encouraged to come early for snacks and drinks and mingling. Most people got there for at least half the cocktail hour if not all of it.
So that’s another option vs putting the cocktail hour time as the invite time…
Post # 6
My venue warned against arming people with cocktails before the ceremony. The clinky noise of the ice in the glasses, people sucking on straws, etc, is distracting during the ceremony. A spill can cause a massive disruption. And taking people’s drinks away before they are done just annoys them, even if it is a free drink.
If your ceremony starts at 6 then your invites should say 6, not 5:30. People who are early know they are early— many people pad their schedules just in case there’s bad traffic, so they know they might have some time to kill. It’s really unfair to the majority of folks to pad your ceremony time just because Aunt Tilly is always late.
Post # 7
I think the invite time should be the ceremony time. I would not come early to a wedding just to hang around and snack.
Are you going to do all your photos before the ceremony?
Post # 8
Westwood: yes pics beforehand. The only delay I forsee from dinner starting right on time is people having to find their table.
Horseradish: I had not thought about actually bringing their drinkwith them to the ceremony seat. I figured they would finish what they had and then sit.
lolot: that’s good too. Your guests must have been stuffed 🙂