(Closed) 11am Wedding HELP!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Your schedule sounds super.  Ring toss is a great idea – might I suggest croquet?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’re also having an 11 AM ceremony. We plan to do most of our pictures beforehand, and just do a few of the family shots after the ceremony while everyone goes up the hill for brunch (we’re having everything at the same venue). It seems a little weird to me that you expect everyone to eat at your reception without you, I’ve never seen that done. Otherwise your schedule sounds fine. We’re also going to have some table games and outdoor games because we’re not having dancing.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Eckle:  I agree about people eating without you.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We had a 10:30 wedding followed by brunch.  We did most photos before at the chapel, and the couple photos after because we didn’t see each other before.

The guests went straight to the hotel and had cocktails on the terrace, but we were only about a half hour behind them.  No one ate until we got there and my dad welcomed everyone and we had a blessing.  We didn’t feel like we needed a bunch of posed photos.

I think it would be weird for everyone to eat without you, because if you’re just having snacks, everyone will be done before you even get there.  Also, your timing’s wrong for a punch-and-cake reception.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having one, but it can’t be at a mealtime.  11:30-12 is most definitely lunchtime, and I would be expecting a meal if I attended.  The obvious solution is to move the ceremony to 2:00, and then your reception won’t be at a mealtime. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in an early (10:30am) wedding last year. I woke up at 4 am to get my hair/makeup done and myself and all the BM’s were busy all up until the time of the ceremony. (Oh yeah, and there were only 4 BM’s, and we had to skip the MOB’s hair getting done professionally cuz there wasn’t time)

 

One big thing to note was that we had an hour commute from where we got ready to where the ceremony was. Could you do your pictures in that hour that we spent traveling? Sure. 

 

I personally wouldn’t recommend it though, because 4AM!!! That SUCKED. And I frequently have to wake up that early for work. Aside from being early, you don’t want to feel rushed on your big day! I would say sleep an extra hour and do the pictures after the ceremony.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve never been to a wedding where the guests ate before the bride and groom made their entrance.  I don’t see why it wouldn’t work though.  You’ll just have to have someone there to direct the guests to the buffet since some may be hesitant to start eating before you get there…I know I would.

I think your menu is fine for lunch but if possible, you may want to add in a pasta salad or some other side to round it out. 

Guests are used to waiting around at receptions…I know I’ve always had to.  But food helps.  Usually there are appetizers at cocktal hour to keep people occupied. I think some games or a photo booth would be great too!  The only time I got bored at a wedding was when I didn’t know anyone besides the bride and groom and no one made an effort to talk to me.  If you have guests that wont’ know anyone, I recommend introducing them to some of your friends/family before you head to take photos.

I’ve never been to an early wedding either but we decided to have ours at 1pm!  I’ve read a number of posts on this site and Practical Wedding and it seems like guest and couples are just as happy with early recepitons as dinner ones.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

im having an 11am ceremony too. then brunch, and we end the day around 6pmish. ive never been to one before but people have told me its a great idea. you will be fine 🙂 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sheep:  why don’t you have a ‘cocktail hour’ I understand there is no alcohol, but you could put out the more snacky type things first with a signature virgin cocktail. Then when you guys are done the rest of the food will come out and you’ll all eat together. I’m having a 10:30 start time and that’s pretty much my plan, only we are having a ‘make your own mimosa’ bar. The caterer is going to set out mini muffins, pastries, scones, fresh fruit, ect for ppl to munch on while our pics are being taken. Then we will all sit down together for brunch.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are having our wedding from 11:30 to 4.  Our ceremony and reception will be at the same place – and so will our pictures.  The actual ceremony is at noon.  I haven’t really planned anything for the guests to “do” other than watch us get married and then eat. LOL.

The lunch will be offered immediately after the ceremony and we are having a picture that people can sign instead of a guestbook.  It’s really more of a backyard party and we happen to get married. My FH and I are pretty sure our guests will understand that when they see the 11:30 to 4 time frame on the invitation.

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