Post # 1
I am having a hard time figuring out what I am going to do about my reception. The wedding is at 1pm (cannot change) and I am having dinner served. Is 4pm too early to serve dinner? The wedding party and I might not be finished with our pictures, so we would let everybody start eating. Once we arrived, we would run over and cut the cake and sit down to eat. We are just wondering what we should do with people for 2 hours? We were thinking of bringing washer and horeshoe games to play with outside. We would just have a cocktail hour at 3, but our guests would have all of the free beer drank by 4, so we decided not to start open bar until after everybody eats (maybe it will last longer).
Post # 3
I am not sure I can help with the timeline too much. But if I was a guest, I think it would be akward to start the party (eating dinner) without the bride and groom. Couldn’t you have your ceremony from 1-2. Guests can find something to do between 2-4 or it could be the time that guests play washer and horseshoe games. Cocktail hour to start at 4. You and your wedding party arrive at 5pm and dinner is served around 5:30.
Post # 4
We are having a served dinner too, my ceremony is at 2 cocktail hour isn’t until 5, I really could care less what people do inbetween. That’s just how it goes, i’ve been to plenty of weddings with gaps. I don’t think you should let them eat ahead, and just run in and cut the cake, that will take away a little bit from the dinner I think. I think you should serve the dinner when you want. They’ll figure out what to do for a couple hours
Post # 5
I like the washers and horseshoes idea, that sounds like fun! Maybe you could provide a list of things to do in town with directions to guests from out of town so they have some guidance on what to do with that free time.
Post # 6
It would be nice to arrange for a few differnet options for your guests. Maybe write them a nice note in the program or welcome packet saying “we understand you will have 2 hours to kill after the ceremony and we ahve provided horseshoe games or there are these nearby sights you could travel to” etc.
As a frequent wedding guest, I prefer to have some ‘personal time’ if there is a gap in between the ceremony and reception. I absolutely don’t mind going to my hotel room and watching TV or sitting at the nearest bar. Usually guests who feel like being social will all gravitate to the same location as a group.