Post # 1
OK, I need help with our timeline!
My details: Our reception will be at a different facilty than the ceremony. I expect my guest to arrive at the reception around 5-ish. It’s a small wedding, 55 guests, there’s also no dancing but we’ll have ipod music playing in the background. We’re having a caricaturist (booked him for 3 hours) and a make-your-own-sundae-bar or root beer float.
What time should I have the caterer show up?, what time should I schedule the caricaturist? Do you think our guest will get bored?
I was thinking about possibly opening gifts somewhere in there?, mainly because we didn’t have a wedding shower & to avoid possible boredom?…. (is this tacky?)
On the invites I worded it: “Then join us for a Celebration Dinner at….”
Also, should we stay till the end? Our mini-honeymoon isn’t until the following evening.
Post # 3
I’m assuming your ceremony will be done by 5:30? I’d have the caterer there at whatever time they need to be ready to serve appetizers by 5:45ish. The caricature artist would could come at 7 (leave an hour for dinner). I think that would work!
And how many times do you get married in life – stay until the end for sure!
Post # 4
@minia: I love your idea of a “caricaturist and a make-your-own-sundae-bar or root beer float” at the reception. I would do it after dinner. You could also go around to each table and thank your guests. Would you be interested in do a slideshow of pictures? I saw this at my cousin’s reception. They had pictures of bride and groom from babies to their relationship. Very cute.
I don’t know if I would open gifts. Seems alittle weird to me.
Post # 5
I second the notion of having a picture gallery or slideshow of some sort. I also think that opening gifts would be a little weird. But then again I hate opening presents in front of someone let alone 55 people!
Post # 6
I think you should at least do your “first dance” together upon entering, someone will put on your song and you can dance. People love this and it makes for great photos and memories. After dinner, don’t forget a cake cutting of some sort which is also a nice way to entertain. If you could swing it, you could hire a guitar player to play music during the dinner. He/she could play love songs. Put an ad on Craigslist or talk to your local clubs to see if one could be recommended.
Don’t open the gifts, but do go to table to table the last hour and hand out your little favors (for cheap ones, go to orientaltrading.com and do a search for wedding favors). Also, have someone go around with a guest book to sign and that would occupy your guests. I would add a small dessert table with jarred candies because some folks don’t eat ice cream. You can pick up cheap glass jars and glass bowls from the 99 cents store and add wrapped mints, mini Hershey bars, and other wrapped candies. You can get cello bags with ties from any party store and plastic scoops for jelly bean, m&m’s and jordan almonds.
Of course, looping any video and photos on a wall or a large flat TV would be wonderful and appreciated. Include some photos of your immediate families and best friends – photos that are absolutely hilarious and memorable. Baby photos of you and your fiance would be grand to open up the montage.
If possible, you could do a “memory wall” (depending on your venue) and get a bunch of photos copied and enlarged on laser paper from your local staples or copy center. Do blow ups in 8″x10″, 11″x14″ and a few in 16″x20″ and that would give them something to do as you can write the story by hand on each photo on a white post card and keep them laughing. Good luck! Have a beautiful wedding! Love Lise my beloved wed and art dot com
Post # 7
Everything sounds great.I wouldn’t open gifts.I think you have enough planned to keep people occupied.