- 2 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
A very dear friend of mine got married recently. I was looking forward to it so much and was really excited. The ceremony, which was lovely, was over at 4, and the cocktail hour didn’t start until 5, so my husband, baby and I went back to our hotel (it was out of town for us) so I could nurse the baby. We were driving our friends to the wedding, so they came, too. When we arrive at the reception, we find out that everyone has been there since right after the ceremony and it’s a seat-yourself situation. I normally would have no problem with this, but in this case, the reception tables were split into two areas; a little less than half the tables were in the ballroom with the rest (the majority of guests) in a tent outside, through a door connected to the ballroom. Since we arrived basically last, we had to sit all the way at the back of the tent, furthest from the doorway. If we had known this was going to be the seating arrangement, we would have dropped our friends off to score a good table! As it was, we were totally disconnected from the reception festivities. There was no speaker out in the tent, so we didn’t hear the wedding party be announced, we didn’t hear any of the toasts, and we didn’t have any music. It was just a noisy, boring hour-long wait for dinner. It didn’t even feel like we were at a wedding! And I felt kind of bad for the couple. No one was on the dance floor, and it looked like most of the guests left after dinner, probably because it was getting cold in the tent and there wasn’t enough room everyone inside, though we did stick around in the bar area. It just was also separate from the main wedding.
I’m not sure what the point of this is. I’m sure that if she asks what I thought of the wedding, I’m just going to tell her it was lovely. Maybe I’ll say I was disappointed we didn’t get to hear any of the speeches. What would you say, if anything?