Post # 1
Hi, just wanted to here some thoughts as to what we should do after the reception.
We are planning on taking some bride/groom pics + wedding party pics before the ceremony, having the ceremony at noon outdoors, while we go take pics for an hour with family, guests will be enjoying some cocktails indoors. Lunch will be served at 1:30ish. We have the venue until 4 pm.
Now the question is, should we arrange something at night as well especially for some of the younger, out of town guests? Someone suggested finding a lounge in the city to hang out at and then including a little insert in the wedding invite about it. What do you think?
Any advice would be great!
Are there any other brides out there having an afternoon reception vs. an evening one?
Post # 3
Maybe not in the actual invite.
But at the end of your reception you could put out a little basket with suggested ideas of where to go at night printed out for guests to take.
Post # 4
I am doing the same. We are having the ceremony at 10am (early!), full mass, cocktail hour at 12pm and reception starts at 1pm and we have the hall until 5pm. This works out great for us because we can then go out afterwards. As 60% of our guest will be from out of town and young at that, we are changing to more "clubbing" clothes, and I still adorn a white dress (not the wedding dress) and we’ll have a night on the town with our guests. As the guests are from the east coast and have never been to the west coast, we would like to show them the night life in San Francisco. I think it would be a lot of fun, except I know I’d be incredibly tired from not getting a lot of sleep the night prior (as we have a wedding to get ready for at 10am!)
Post # 5
I would print little moo cards with the time and location and hand it out to the younger friends who’d be more interested in going out on the town. "Continue the celebration with the new Mr. and Mrs. at ___________ starting at 9pm until dawn. ;)"
Post # 6
I would try to let people know ahead of time, so they can plan accordingly. If people are making the effort to come to your wedding, you might be surprised on how many people wouldn’t mind continuing the celebration.
It really is a cool thing to have everyone you care about come together in one place, and they will intersect with everyone important in your FI’s life. So take advantage of this unique opportunity and keep it going for a casual evening event.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong in sticking it in the invitation, especially if you want to do it selectively for the younger guests. Or heck, stick them in all of them and let the guests decide. If your guests are anything like me, having all the info in ONE envelope is better than relying on each guest to manage multiple invitations to your festivities.
You can always indicate the schedule of events on your wedding web site, too, where you know the tech savvy folks will refer to.