- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
I’m planning a very low-key (but meaningful) wedding. The ceremony will be outside and the reception will be inside. It’s a daytime event in a historical house – we rented the house for the entire day but we’ve decided to plan on noon to 4pm. First, because we thought this would match the laid back environment that we want to create. But also, we aren’t serving alcohol so I thought it would be fair to assume that people will be less upset with this if it’s a lunchtime event. The problem that I’ve having is creating a schedule for the day. I thought we could take the wedding party pictures from 11:00-11:45 (and have appetizers out for guests during this time so they can mingle and catch up) and then start the ceremony at noon. I estimate the ceremony will take half an hour. Should I ask the DJ to start setting up at noon? Following the ceremony I’ll have the guests go inside for lunch but I imagine that people will chit chat on the way and the older guests will take longer. So I was thinking lunch could be served at 1:00. If the DJ is set up by 12:30, then I was thinking he could play light music while we eat lunch. Is an hour for lunch reasonable? Then we can segway into dance music (though I’m not sure how much dancing to expect at a daytime wedding). I also think we could have breaks in the music for things like speeches and cake. The photographer is set to be there 11-3. Do you think it would be a good estimate to have the DJ from noon to 4:00? The house has a basic music system that I plan to use before the DJ arrives. I could also use it after 4:00 if guests want to stay later than 4:00. How awkward would it be to have the DJ leave while people are still there? I could set it up so that the house system takes over while he leaves – but is that tacky?