(Closed) Afternoon Garden Party theme…. Should/Could we still have…..

posted 7 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
13015 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s your wedding, you can do whatever you want!  I think the tossing is 100% okay even with an afternoon wedding! 

Post # 6
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hey! I got married at 11 a.m.

We got up and started getting ready at 6 a.m. We were all doing our own hair and makeup, so maybe pros would be faster? We should have been at the ceremony site at 8 a.m. to put me in my dress and start taking photos. We were running a half hour late, and then something else delayed us another half hour. 

At about nine, we started taking first look photos, and then bridal party photos. 

At ten thirty, we were back in the waiting room so guests wouldn’t see us. Darling Husband headed down the aisle at about 11. 

After the wedding, we took family photos and then bustled my dress.

At noon, we served lunch.

Shortly after, we did our first dance and so on… From there, I sort of stopped keeping track. Hopefully this helps!

Oh, and we did have music at ours. A good number of people actually were dancing. We tried to do a lot of Sinatra, Journey, and things that people wouldn’t be afraid to dance to sober (our wedding was also dry). I think the same people who would’ve danced at night were the ones who were dancing during the day :).


Post # 7
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I agree like someone else said – it’s your wedding! And it can be as traditional or non traditional as you want. I think we’re lucky that we live in a time that pretty much anything goes so just make it what you want to be happy and keep guests entertained. I don’t know how long your venue gives you but I imagine, like most things in life, the time will fly by and it will be time to go home before you know it!

I am also having an afternoon wedding so I am trying to keep it semi-formal and a mix between traditional elements (toasts, cutting cake) and fun and miscellaneous activities to keep people having. I want to include some interactive things to keep guests busy as I imagine there won’t be as much drinking and dancing as a Saturday night wedding. We plan to have music and a DJ (my brother is a DJ – I lucked out:) but then I also want to add things like a photobooth, possibly an I Spy photo game and maybe some Newelywed type of game. I also want to bring in as many pics as I can of past family weddings (grandparents, great grandparents) and set them up in a specific area – so hopefully that will give people something fun to look at and talk about.

Tentative timeline:

11:00 Ceremony

11:20 – 12:00 formal & family pictures/Hors’Deurves

12:00 – 1:30 Brunch

1:30 Toasts

2:00pm Wedding Cake

2:30 – 4:00 Miscellaneouos Activities, like Photobooth, I Spy, Wedding Game, Family Pictures, Socializing

The topic ‘Afternoon Garden Party theme…. Should/Could we still have…..’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors