Post # 1
We just picked our venue and are in the process of getting that booked. It looks like the schedule will be ceremony 11AM-11:30, cocktail hour 11:30-12:30, and reception 12:30-3 (we will be serving brunch). Our families don’t really dance so we won’t be having a dance floor. That being said, there will still be an open hour and toasts and all of that. Our reception is going to be short (2.5 hours), but I’m worried our guests will be bored. What do you think? Can you think of any ideas to make it more interesting, or is 2 hours of mingling (when you subtract 30 minutes or so for toasts) with close family and friends not too long?
Post # 2
You would lose me with 30 minutes for toasts. I’m used to a few minutes each, for each of the honor attendants. (US)
Post # 3
PABride: Whoops! I have no clue how long toasts generally take so I just said 30 and it looks like I can’t edit that to fix it. So ignore that number and just think of however long toasts usually take.
Post # 4
cbj9: We will also have a late morning ceremony followed by a brunch reception. We are doing photographs in between and during that time hors d’oeuvres and Mimosas will be served. Then a three hour reception. We’re having a photobooth for entertainment – no dancing.
I think two hours of mingling will fly by!! No worries!!!
Post # 5
cbj9: Your guests will be fine. If they went out to brunch on their own, there wouldn’t be entertainment, even toasts, and they would have a good time.
Post # 6
I just went to a wedding a lot like this…my friends and I had so much fun that we were the last to leave! For the most part it was just mingling and wandering in and out of the building. And we did this for almost 8 hours…haha! So yeah…I think your guests will be fine!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
It’ll be fine, as long as your guests know and enjoy some of the other guests. People hang out, have a few drinks, catch up and chat, etc. It’s super fun.
If you’re really worried, you could look into a photobooth (or do a DIY one like we did), or lawn games.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2014 - Villa Celeste
I think given the timing of your wedding, it shouldn’t be an issue. I went to a reception at night 8:00 p.m to about 11:00 and there was NO dance floor. Dinner was served at 8, and by 9:30 toasts and all the like had been wrapped up. It was horrible, as no one seemed to know what to do besides drink. Which as you can imagine got ugly.
But I think because you’re doing a brunch, I don’t think your guests will anticipate a huge extravaganza of a reception.
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN
That’s how my reception was. It went from 6-8 and from what I saw our guests had a good time simply mingling. It was very relaxed. We did the toasts, bouquet/garter toss, first dance and father/daughter dance, cake cutting (not in that order).
Post # 10
cbj9: I cannot imagine any opportunity to be bored in the timeline you describe. Seems like a very short wedding. I don’t mean that as a criticism, just to point out that I do not think you’ll have a problem.
Post # 11
If you have any outdoor space you can add law games like bocce ball and cornhole. Photobooths are ALWAYS a hit. Best of luck and all the PPs are right, I think the time will fly!!
Post # 12
If there’s waffles and champagne at any party, I’m good. New entertainment needed. Haha!