(Closed) Wedding Reception Issue!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our ceremony starts at 12:30 and reception starts at 4:30.  They are an hour away from each other, and we have to have a gap due to allowable entry times to each venue to set up decor, etc. 

Luckily, 1/2 our guests are close to ceremony and the other 1/2 is close to reception. 

 

I’d say that if the guests are farther away than 10-20 minutes, just have the reception right after ceremony.  You can always host an after-party with a few people! 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

our reception is from 6-11pm. Our ceremony starts around 3pm, It should  take about an hour and then then another 30-45 for photos, so we should be arriving at the reception just in time..

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I can see where your FI is coming from, it’s nice to have a party that goes late into the night! Could you do a cocktail hour starting around 5:00 and then the reception at 6:00? Are your ceremony and reception at the same place?

I went to a wedding last summer where the bride had designated someone as “games master” and she brought all kinds of lawn games for guests to enjoy during the break between the ceremony and dinner. Is there a space where you could organize something like that?

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our ceremony is at 3pm. Then our reception starts at 6-11

I think considering your guests will be out of town.. It may be ok if you give them like a list of sights or something in the area to pass the time. Im assuming you will be serving dinner, so hopefully they wont eat, but maybe put a coffee shop on there etc. Idk hope that helps. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I just thought, we’re going to a wedding friday that we are the OOTers for, and it starts at 3, with the reception at 6.  We’re going to an outlet mall between them, so I think guests will always just find something to do between.  Some may actually like going back to their hotel to relax!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can either start the reception right away and have an after party, or have someone that lives near one of the venues host an interim activity. My stepsister had a big gap and her husband’s sister hosted a little get together so everyone was able to go to her house rather than just waiting around. I’d suggest starting the reception earlier though and having an after party maybe at a hotel or something. Someplace where you just have to reserve the room but you don’t have to pay anything. Everyone can pay for their own drinks at that point.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with M.Ruder and sit1010 that it would be a great idea to have the reception immediately after the ceremony, and then do an after party later in the evening.  You could even get a cute white cocktail dress to wear for the after party!  Also, you could save on food costs for your reception, since it would be too early to serve a full dinner. You could do heavy hors d’oeuvres or tapas instead. 

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