Post # 1
We have been looking at venues and are trying to decide what timeframe to use for our reception.
Option 1: 2:30 Ceremony, 5-11pm Dinner reception
Option 2: 11am ceremony, 12-4pm Lunch Reception
Any thoughts? I know lunch is cheaper, but I worry about the timeline, and it actually isn’t MUCH cheaper. Please help!
Post # 3
@MaryRachel: I personally don’t get the lunch reception idea. They just seem so weird to me and very casual. I can’t see my guests dancing up a storm at 2:30 in the afternoon having a great party just to call it a day at 4:00? That said, if you don’t want the ‘party’ atmospehere and would prefer no dancing and something more casual then lunch makes sense…
Post # 4
Lunch is more casual, dinner is more formal. If you want a more casual reception with less dancing and alcohol, then choose lunch. If you’re into the big party scene, then go for a dinner reception.
Post # 5
I wish I had a stronger opinion!
@bibbleskip totally caught my worry though–I’m worried that it would end up being a little awkward, and that the ending especially would be odd. I’m not opposed to a more casual atmosphere, but for the amount of money either one will cost it seems like we might as well pay a little more and make a party out of it. I could go either way on dancing, formality.
Post # 6
I was open to any time of day but when it came time to decide, we ultimately wanted more of a party and an open bar..so night time it was!
Post # 7
@MaryRachel: We chose the dinner reception and had the same kind of timeline you have. I wanted more time to get ready etc and not be so stressed on time the day of. Congrats and Best Wishes!
Post # 8
Dinner/dance just screams wedding to me. Go with dinner!
Post # 9
I’ve been to wonderful afternoon receptions, but the truly memorable ones have all been dinner affairs. I think that’s because I’m a big fan of a dance party, though. Granted, I was once at an afternoon reception in Manhattan that involved the bride and groom (both investment bankers) dancing to “Gold Digger.” THAT was memorable.