Mid-afternoon reception

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1104 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

hmm…sounds like it might be overlapping with dinner time a bit. If reception starts at 3:30 and you plan it being 2 1/2-3 hours, that would put it ending around 6 or 6:30. I would try to do it earlier, like 1:30? Or shorten your reception.

Post # 5
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Jobanana85:  Your wedding sounds perfectly lovely and appropriate.

Post # 6
22 posts

The timing is OK.. but NOT if you are doing a long ceremony ( full mass) and NOT if you plan on taking photos after the ceremony… 


 it just depends on your specifics…

Post # 7
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


@Jobanana85:  As you already said that the ceremony would be short and sweet (not Full Mass), and you will not be taking pictures after the ceremony, I think you would be fine starting at 2:30 or even 2:00.

For reception wording, I suggest : Reception Immediately Following.

I think people will know that a reception that starts mid afternoon would not incude a typical sit down meal.

Post # 7
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think it will be perfect since you will be having all your photos beforehand and a short ceremony:)

Post # 8
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Jobanana85:  we are having our ceremony at 12:30, followed by our afternoon reception.  We are serving heavy snacks and cake, no alcohol.  The reception will be over before 5 to avoid any dinner conflicts.  we worded our invitation “normally” – half past the hour of noon at location.  Reception to follow at location.

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