Post # 1
Ok, so when Fiance and booked our reception and decided on a ceremony time we hadn’t truly thought out our feelings about it being on the beach. Originally we had decided that in order to be fair to our guests to have an earliear recpetion since most would be traveling pretty good distances. So we booked the reeption for 4 and decided that we could have the ceremony around 2:30/3:00. But the more we thought about it the less we like it. We kept thinking about how crowded the beach will be during that time of day.
So, since we have a 6 hours for the reception we are going to do something a little different. We are going to keep the cocktail hour from 4-5 but have the ceremony at 5:15. This way we can have the ceremony when A LOT less people will be on the beach.
By The Way: the ceremony site is right off the boadwalk from the reception location so it is only a two minute walk (if that!).
So, Bees, does this seem to be more of an annoyance even though it makes Fiance and I happier about the wedding as a whole?
Post # 3
@beachchicbride: No, people might be confused..but Im sure theyll get over it once they see the food 🙂
Post # 4
I think that sounds perfect
Post # 5
The only issue I have is that while the coktail hour normally occupies the guests during post ceremonial pics, there really isn’t anything I have planned for them to do now. I was thinking of maybe having them start dinner as soon as they get back? Any suggestions?
Post # 6
So, they get to the location and start having some nibblies and drinks, then the ceremony happens and then everyone gets to walk over to the reception site. Correct. I think that sounds lovely and fine. Just to make sure everyone knows the deal put out a little sign, a program or a mention on website if you are having one. For post ceremony picture time you could set out a type of game (quiz about you guys as a couple? ) and/or have a photobooth (homemade works fine) or a game that fits with your boardwalk theme. Signage helps everyone to know what they can/should do so they don’t feel awkward.
Post # 7
@goldendreams:Yup that’s the plan! I guess as long as there are food and drinks involved people really wont mind. I really like the idea of having a little quiz of us or a boardwalk themed game! thanks so much for the input.
And I plan on having some sort of sign made up so that when guests enter the reception they know what is going on.
Thanks ladies! I am always open to any more ideas or comments. 🙂
Post # 8
Wouldn’t bother me at all. Sounds like fun. Your guests will not be confused as most tend to go with the flow.
Post # 9
I think as long as you keep people entertained you will be fine!!
The cocktail hour, and then ceremony and then reception sounds great!! its different. and everything will have something for everyone to do!
Post # 10
We did cocktails before the ceremony for a few reasons and people really enjoyed it. We did put on the invitation:
5:00 Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres
Dinner and Dancing to follow
That way people knew what to expect. Also, it gave a good buffer time so if people were running late or got stuck in traffic, there wasn’t any anxiety about missing the ceremony.
Post # 11
I don’t think it’s annoying at all–not sure why it would be. Make sure the programs reflect the timeline and you’ll be fine! Sounds like so much fun!
Post # 13
We are doing cocktails and photos pre-ceremony at 4/4:30, the ceremony at 5:30, and dinner at 6.
Post # 14
@CanAmBride: The whole traffic thing is a biggie. I know on the weekends the traffic to the shore is horrible! It even delayed Fiance and I two and half hours while looking at reception venues eeek! So having that buffer time makes more comfortable with guests being able to make it 🙂
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: Thanks! I just wasnt sure if guests would not like arriving at the reception, walking to the ceremony and going back into the recpetion hall. It’s not a far walk at all but I know some people don’t like to move too much.
Post # 15
@Jinxstar:I guess I am more traditional and don’t want Fiance to see me before the actual ceremony.
Post # 16
Which beach and Boardwalk? There’s a few things I’d consider,first being where will the cocktail hour be and will the venue go along with it? You won’t be able to have any glass on the beach, and have you found out about having music or electricity available for your processional, and even chairs?