Post # 1
I’m looking for some ideas and advice! I’m getting married at the Now Jade resort in Mexico April 24th 2013. I have been told by my wedding planner that the only time the hotel is allowing my ceremony to be is 11am. He is trying to get that changed to a later time. If we can’t get that changed, my concern is what will all my guests (50 people) do until the reception (which hasn’t been booked yet either). People will be dresssed up for the ceremony and I’m assuming everyone would like to look as fresh as possible for the reception as well. Has anyone else been faces with this? I’m trying to think outside the box.
Post # 3
Are you set on having a traditional evening meal and dancing?
If not, you could follow the ceremony with an amazing brunch (think Mexican pastries-mmmm).
Is it an all-inclusive resort? If so you could reserve a private room for dinner or make arrangements with the guests to meet at a certain time for the buffet, followed by drinks on the patio.
Post # 4
yes ans amazing brunch with mexican and american food, have fun your in mexico
Post # 5
I’m not set on anything, but I think I would really like dinner and dancing. Yes it is at an all incusive. I do trust whatever we do end up doing will be fun. I just wanted to see if anyone else has been in this situation! Thanks for the advice!
Post # 6
We had a noon ceremony and 6pm reception. Since we were in a mountain resort town we made a scavengar hunt for the guests to do in the downtime. It took them around town and filled the gap. I had my cousin collect the hunt cards and tally the results. During the reception we handed out gag gift prizes to a few token winners. It was a blast and people really got into it.
The break also gave people time to get ready for the reception as most of the guests wore winter clothes for the outside winter ceremony.
Post # 7
If I were at an all-inclusive resort and had a long gap to deal with, I’d camp out at the bar, and I suspect a lot of other guests would too.
No one wants to get dressed in wedding guest clothes, change into beach clothes, and change again into wedding reception clothes. Sitting at the bar is about the only thing you can do when you’re in a strange town without a car and you’ve got a couple hours to kill and don’t want to mess up your clothes but don’t want to change them. If the bar is already paid for because it’s an all-inclusive, then more people will end up there.
If you don’t want your guests showing up drunk to your reception or leaving early because they’ve been drinking all day, don’t force them to endure a long gap. Have a brunch or luncheon reception.
Post # 8
We went to a wedding in Mexico about two years ago: the ceremony was around noon or 1 and the reception didn’t start til 7. After the ceremony, everyone broke off into their own groups and went to various lunch places. After lunch, Fiance and I went back to our hotel, swam in the pool, took a nap, etc and had plenty of time to “re-do” ourselves before the reception. It was nice to have some low-key time to enjoy the resort where we were staying. If I recall correctly, a lot of people did something simiiar: changed clothes, explored the hotel or surrounding area, and then changed back for the reception. I think the only people who were stuck in fancy clothes the whole time were the wedding party, and they walked around with the couple for wedding photos. I think so long as people know in advance that there will be a time gap, and you provide a handful of suggestions, most people will be able to entertain themselves.