Post # 1
Our church doesn’t have any available times for a ceremony until 6pm due to mass/confession on Saturday. If the ceremony is an hour long and it takes 30min to get everyone from the church to reception in one piece, and then we have cocktail hour (while we’re taking pictures), and then introductions/first dance.. that means we won’t be eating dinner until 9pm! Has anyone experienced this before? Any advice? We have the site for 6hrs so we can stay till 130p. This is fine for people like me but I’m concerned all the old folks won’t even make it to dinner!
Post # 3
I think as long as people know that dinner will be late, they’ll likely have a late lunch so they’re not starving by the time dinner rolls around. We also had a late ceremony @6:30pm, cocktail hour from 7-8, then dinner served at 8. The guests were served hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour which helped to tide them over. Do you plan on serving snacks during your cocktail hour?
Post # 4
Feed them and ply them with drinks, and everyone should have a grand old time! Also, consider taking some of your pictures before the ceremony. At the last wedding I went to, we waited probably close to two hours for the bride and groom to arrive! We were all pretty hungry before they got there, as the appetizers had run out long before they arrived.
Post # 5
We do plan on having appetizers for cocktail hour.. my concern is that we might take long for photos as doctorgirl said.. i’m actually doing a duel wedding w/ my sister so I have a feeling that even though we will have 2 photographers that pictures might take even longer. plus two first dances! How do you get out the word that dinner will be served late? Via invitations or word of mouth?
Post # 6
If you have the reception start time on your invite, people will see that it starts late. Just make sure you have enough food and drink (quantity and stations!) with chairs for the older folks to sit down during the cocktail hours and you’ll be fine.
Plus, if people know it’s a dual wedding they’ll expect that things will take longer!
Post # 7
I think people expect this when they see a late ceremony time! I’m in the same boat (I can’t start my ceremony until 6:30 pm!)
Post # 8
My ceremony is at 6 pm, with reception immediately following (at the same place). Things we are doing to avoid having dinner too late are 1. photos before the ceremony with as many people as possible 2. no cocktail hour – the station-style reception will begin as soon as people walk in. This means I’m hoping that dinner will be over by around 8-8:30 and we will still have 4 hours for dessert and dancing!
If I were you I would do the first dance after dinner and try to do photos before the ceremony.