Post # 1
Ladies…I need your help! Should I be offering accommodations for out of town guests for in between our ceremony and reception? Our ceremony starts at 4 and everyone will probably be leaving by 5 (we are having a receiving line and 30 minute ceremony). Reception cocktail hour doesn’t start until 7pm…and they are about 20 minutes in driving time apart. Should we be offering anything for guests to do in between? I have a wedding website with local restaurants, addresses, and phone numbers listed, but is that enough?
Please help with your advice ladies…I am also a month away and I’m not even sure if this is something the couple should be organizing or if guests figure it out on the day.
Post # 3
could you start the cocktail hour early? i don’t think you necessarily need to plan something for guests to do, but please make sure that all the guests know that the cocktail hour doesn’t start until 7. will there be food after that then?
some guests will probably want to eat earlier on their own. 8pm is rather late for a dinner if you are having food after the cocktail hour.
Post # 4
Have some entertaining like music and try to start the cocktail one hour later as @amariem25 said…
Post # 5
only problem is I can’t change the cocktail hour because invitations are out and we are 1 month away from the date. i’m kind of stuck with the 7pm reception start. Cocktail hour starts at 7pm, and yea dinner won’t be until 8:30pm. A lot of other brides I talked to said their reception started at 7 so I just went with that, and then realized afterwards it is kind of late. grrr!!! If only we had more time
Post # 6
We’re facing a similar issue — and the two venues are so close you can walk there. I’m thinking of giving guests a list of “things to do” in the area–recommended coffee shops, etc.
Post # 7
perhaps you could just have the word be spread at the ceremony or afterwards have the officiant announce that there was a change and the reception is starting sooner that the invitation announced. No one will really care. No worries.