Post # 1
My fiance and I are having our ceremony and reception at the same site. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be outside. The ceremony will be short & sweet, we will walk up the small hill to a champagne toast and then people will move inside from there for hor d’oeuvres and to commence the reception.
Our timeline looks like this:
7pm short ceremony
7:30ish – 10pm hors d’oeuvres & beer, wine, mingling, maybe some dancing if our guests are so obliged.
Neither my fiance nor myself are interested in a huge traditional wedding, so it will be more fitting of our style (simple yet elegant). The only traditions we may include would be a first dance and cake cutting, but I’m worried that 2-1/2 hour reception might be just a smidge too short. On the flip side, my fiance is not a fan of long drawn-out weddings and thinks this will leave people wanting a little more so they will come to our after party and those not interested in that would have the opportunity to leave.
Has anyone had a short reception or been to one and found it to be fun and successful? Any thoughts and opinions are welcome and appreciated! Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
Since you are having an after party, I think it will be fine. If you weren’t having an after party, I would say that it could be too short. And since you aren’t serving dinner, you don’t have to worry about that eating up time.
I also think it depends on how much you think most people will drink. If they are light drinkers, 2 1/2 hours will be okay, but if people plan to drink a moderate amount and dance, then 2 1/2 hours could be too short.
Post # 4
Hmm… how many guests are you having? I think that it might be a BIT short, especially if you have a lot of guests, because people will want to mingle and catch up, and it might not be long enough.
I had a very small wedding – 30 people. We had it under a tent in our back yard. The ceremony was at 2:00, and was maybe 20 minutes. We took pictures after and that might’ve taken an hour or so, and then we had dinner and mingling and stuff. A lot of people stayed until 10:00 to hang out and talk. I mean, I suspect people would have left around 10:00 even if we started later, but I think people enjoyed catching up with each other and so 3 hours wouldn’t have been enough time to do that.
Post # 5
I think you should be fine! I always hate long, drawn out receptions…it’s awkward being the first ones to leave!
Post # 6
I think this should be plenty of time. My fiance and I are doing the exact same thing except in the afternoon. We are getting married at 1 in a hotel and then having horderves and drinks in the next room. We plan to leave the reception by 4 pm to go for photos. We are also having dinner with just our parents and siblings after photos. We aren’t having dancing but we are cutting the cake at the reception
Post # 7
I think that’s fine. Ours is 4 hours but it’s in the afternoon. Ceremony at 2:00 (or 2.15ish) and then reception on-site afterwards. I figure 3:00 – 6:00 is plenty of time to mingle and visit with people but not so long that it’s boring.
Post # 8
One thing to note – we’re doing an hors d’oeuvres reception too and our caterer says that the food can only be out for 2 hours (state food regulation or something). If things are the same for you, the food will disappear around the time that the reception is over anyway.
Post # 9
I think your time line sounds perfect for an hors d’oeuvres reception. I would be cool with that if I were a guest in that situation. Offering an after party is a great solution for your guests that do want to hang out longer.
Post # 10
I like the idea of an after-party as well, and I think your reception will be fine. 🙂 Ours is only about 3 1/2 start to finish, so you’re not alone!