Post # 1
My fiance and I are looking at retooling our wedding into a 10:30 or 11am ceremony followed by brunch, mimosas and some live music at a beautirful restaurant up in the hills and ending around 3pm. But its the only way we’ve been able to figure out how to afford really great food AND a fabulous location our budget. I’ve already come to terms with the fact that there will not likely be much dancing, but we’re much more the mingling types anyway.
Any bee’s out there who opted for or have been to a brunch/lunch reception? If so, I’d love to hear how it went, what made it great or what you wish had been done a little differently!
Post # 3
My friend had a destination wedding in Napa, CA. Their wedding was on Friday and began at 10:30 with the luncheon afterwards. It was a great time. She served champagne and white wine with some apps for cocktail hour while they took pictures. Then we had lunch with all of the usual wedding things. Afterwards, there was a little dancing but nothing crazy. We all went back to the hotel around 3 or 4 and rested before meeting everyone out at a bar later that night for a non-hosted after party. It was a great weekend.
Post # 4
My Wedding was at 11am and it turned out great! No regrets at all. We had the ceremony at 11am and a cocktail hour of sorts from 11:30am-12:30pm. We then had lunch around 1pm and everything was over around 4:30pm.
At the “cocktail hour” we had strawberry punch, coffee, tea, sodas, beer and wine. For appetizers we had fruit, veggies, dip, cheese and crackers. Then for lunch we had a buffet with salmon, chicken, steak, pastas, salads, fruit salads, rolls, sides dishes (a lot of stuff..hard to recall all of it)
We had a bouquet toss but no garter toss since I thought it was a bit early and have never been a fan of them anyway.
Surprisingly to me all my friends danced like the were at the club on a Sat night.
We both liked the idea of an afternoon wedding from the start. It was cheaper and the lighting was better so it was good for photos.
We rented a suite at our Hotel so after the wedding some of our friends came back and we drank some beer, ordered pizza and then eventually kicked them all out of the room 🙂
Post # 5
I was a bridesmaid at my friends 12:00 wedding last summer and i have to say it was the best of the 3 weddings we went to that summer. i think it is more about the poeple that are there that make the party vs the time!
on the same token my friends brother just had one last weekend at that time and she said it was dull. but she also said it was a lot of older guests and they all just sat at their tables.
so you know your crowd and what will work for them is what is best for you guys.