- Ms. Puggle
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: December 1969
So I’m worried about how our cocktail hour/reception will be received by our guests…
Here’s the deal: We are having our ceremony and a reception at a pretty upity garden. When we got going with the planning, we were just thrilled at how beautiful the place was and how excellent the food was…Now that we’re getting to the bare bones of the planning however, we wish we would have opted for a second site for the reception.
After the ceremony, our photographer said he would need about 1-1/2 hour for all of the family and bridal party pictures, as well as our portraits. We are not allowed to make our ceremony any time other than 4:30 pm (for whatever reason) and we cannot start taking pictures earlier. That means we’re looking at a 7:00 pm dinner. In itself that’s not bad, but considering that the guest cannot go into the reception area until 6:00 pm and there is no food or beverages (aside from bottled water, which we will provide) allowed in the gardens, that means cocktail hour can’t start until one whole hour after the ceremony. I’m worrided that (depending on the weather) our guests may be starving and sweating to death.
I plan on having our Emcee announce post-ceremony that the reception will start at 6:00 pm just so the guests aren’t sitting there without a clue. I also have prepared cute little bags of koi food (with different facts about koi in each one) to feed the fish in the koi ponds, and I made wedding themed activity books to keep the kids busy. I will also have our Emcee encourage our guests to take a tour of the gardens–it’s not uppity for no reason!
At 6:00 pm so when they are finally let in for the reception, they can get drinks (on us at $6 per glass and we can’t even bring our own alcohol to try to cut the cost there!) and we will have light appetizers before dinner at 7:00 pm.
I’m hoping that I’m overreacting, but I’m really worried that our guests will feel neglected! If we could have it our own way it would be totally different, but our guests will never know that our hands were tied!
Has anyone else dealt with an impossible reception site, or been in a similar situation?
Any thoughts would be appreciated!