(Closed) Thoughts on a day time reception?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our wedding was on a Saturday at 12:30 PM, followed by a reception from 2 PM to 5 PM. We didn’t have a DJ/dancing, but I think it would have worked fine if we had. Everyone showed up, ate, drank, and was merry! I liked having it early because it meant that we (and everyone else) could still have the whole evening to relax or do other things.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I attended an afternoon reception a few years ago. Overall, it was fine. There was a DJ playing music and people did dance. There was also an open bar and I had a glass of wine but it was odd to be drinking at, like, 1pm. lol

The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was that the “party” atmosphere never really developed. This might have been because there were only about 80-90 people there and the room had big windows so it was very sunny instead of dark like most weddings/parties where there’s dancing

So if you want a more “party” atmosphere, it might not quite get there, but if you want to keep things casual, you should be fine.

 Oh, also, their venue actually had another wedding coming in that night, so we were literally shuffled out at X time by the staff, which was kind of awkward and killed the mood. But this obviously depends on your venue. I would try and find a place that books only 1 wedding/day if I were you.

 

 

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

If you’re ok having a more relaxed calm wedding then that’s totally fine. But if you want a party atmosphere I don’t think you’ll get it in the daytime. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve only been to 1 or 2 afternoon receptions.  The last one didn’t have a DJ/dancing so I couldn’t say.  Honestly, I was quite bored at that reception for a variety of reasons.  However, for me (and most people I know), I don’t enjoy dancing that much stone-cold sober.  It’s just a little awkward for most unless they’ve had a drink or two.  So if you are wanting people to dance you are on the right track with providing some blood marys, mimosas, and champagne.  I would dance if you provided those.  It won’t be that party atmosphere your FI is looking for, but it sounds like you’re aware of that and have a solution for that (going out afterwards).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Corranthe:  We’re doing a daytime wedding on a Saturday. Pre-ceremony cocktail hour is from 1:30-2:30 at a hotel on the beach. Ceremony and casual reception on a sailboat from 2:30-6:00pm. We won’t be dancing, but there will be music… and sailing! 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We’re doing a brunch reception. He originally came up with the idea about a year ago, and now that we’re engaged it just seems like the most obvious thing to do for us.

We will be having beer/wine/pop and possibly mimosas and bloody marys, but I’m still not completely sure about the DJ. I keep going back and forth on it. I want the music, but I’m not sure if people will dance.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My brother got married at 11:30 AM on a Sunday with the reception immediately following.

We partied the same as we would have at night. Full cocktail hour and sit down dinner (not brunch stuff), booze, DJ, dancing. We also partied afterwards.

But that’s the way our crowd does things. Your experience may differ.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we had an afternoon party at a local restarant – sort of like a glorified cocktail reception.  Had a duo playing guitar/singing (no room for dancing) but everyone had a great time eating, drinking and hanging with family and friends.  Two months later people are still talking about it.  No rituals either, no grand entranc,e bouquet toss, toasts, cake cutting, just a nice relaxed party.

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We just had an AWESOME brunch reception over the weekend!  We got so many compliments on it!  But in order to “make it work” I would suggest a few things.  #1 Lots and lots of mimosas and bloody marys to get people up and dancing.  We had “make your own” stations which was a lot of fun.   Don’t skimp on the music.  The band really got everyone up and moving which helped a lot.   Another thing that helped is having 4 dancing flower girls who got the crowd on the dance floor!

 

We hosted a night time after party for the late crowd at night but the brunch was a blast!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

If I have to wake up before noon on a weekend, I am not thrilled. I’m far from an early bird. 😉 But for a wedding, there are exceptions. So I don’t think you have anything to worry about. A great dj will have people dancing no matter what. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

I think many of the ideas here sound lovely! I especially like a calm afternoon reception with pretty music and good eat, and have the party animals go out elsewhere at night. It won’t cost you nearly as much because you won’t have to pay for thevenue.

A beach reception with something to do as well as a little drinking–fun fun fun! I’d love that!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What is your venue? I saw a cute idea on here a few months ago about having a garden setting reception, and they had outdoor games like lawn bowling and horseshoes. That sounded so much fun to me.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

Great idea!  I love day weddings.  if you have a 12 Noon or 1PM brunch, folks will love to dance and enjoy themselves.  At most venues if you have an earlier event, you will get a cheaper price – even cheaper on a Sunday.  

Whatever you decide your folks will be there to support you!  Do you feel is right.  I’ve been to both day and night weddings and either works for me.  I’ve had such a great time at both.

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