Post # 1
So we are trying to set a time for our wedding. Who knew this could be such an issue…. We can either start the wedding at 2pm and save big bucks on the food with serving a “tea party” like spread. But I am worried that it is going to be ROASTING at that time of day for our outdoor ceremony.
If we have the wedding start at 4pm the temp will cool of pretty quickly but are people going to expect a more dinner type of meal?
And on top of everything else this is a el nino year and we are already having 80 degree weather in April….so could be 115 weather in July? I don’t need to have guests dropping with heat stroke.
Post # 3
So your ceremony and reception are both going to be outside? Even if you start the ceremony at 2, you’d have to wrap up the reception by 6 if you’re not providing dinner. Receptions normally stretch out until around 11pm.
One option you have is to hold the ceremony at 4, then have a break for a private dinner with your wedding party and immediate family, then invite everyone else back at 7 or so for the reception, and mention on the invitations that you’re serving hors’dourves so they know you’re not feeding them a whole dinner. You should have some nice sunset views during the reception that way.
Hope that helps!
Post # 4
I guess my biggest thing is are people going to “expect” a dinner if we start everything at 4pm and run into the night? We are serving plenty of food, but it isn’t sit down fare.
There are no bridesmaids, and the wedding really is pretty small with only 60 guests. So having a private dinner with a break isn’t going to work.
Post # 5
If your guests are going to be there through the dinner hour, you just have to make sure you provide enough food to cover dinner. You can serve TONS of hors d’ouevres enough to fill everyone’s tummies, and that would work just fine. 🙂