Post # 1
Alright. My ceremony is going to start at 2pm and will probably end 15 mintues later and we’ll move on into cocktail hour for photos (appitizers served to guests not in post ceremony photos). A catered buffet luncheon will probably start sometime after 3pm, we’ll have a dessert bar and a signature non-alcoholic punch. We’re having a dry wedding because we don’t care about alcohol and we’ll have some guests with drinking problems join us for the reception. Also we spent all our champagne budget on a dessert bar because we choice sweets over alcohol any day. With music I’m still torn here, this is a non-alcoholic early afternoon wedding that will end at 6pm. I doubt anyone will wanting to cut a rug so early in the day (and at a dry wedding), also the majority of my guests aren’t big on dancing.
So I’m wondering what other brunch – early afternoon brides are doing for their recpetion. I’m thinking about just having classy background music play at the reception, but then sometimes I feel like I should provide some dancable songs for the few that wants to dance. What are you guys doing, or have you even began thinking about it yet? Me and Fiance will be doing a first dance together.
Post # 2
My ceremony starts earlier at 12pm (full catholic mass)
2pm-3:30pm cocktail hour and thirty (want enough time for my pictures)
weddings in my family are full day events. We don’t see it as “using up our time or an inconvience” we see it as a big celebration and party until they kick us out! Lol
Post # 3
I had an afternoon wedding. This was our timeline:
1:30 PM Start ceremony
1:50 PM Finish ceremony
2:00 PM Games/appetizers
3:00 PM Lunch/dinner
4:30 PM Cut cake
5:15-5:45 Sunset pics
It was also in the winter so sun went down early which helped encourage people to head out. Almost everyone was gone by 6. A few people helped us clean up and left around 7 and some of my husbands clueless friends we had to turn the lights out and tell them we were going to go inside and get ready for bed to get them to leave.
I created a spotify account and made a 5 hour playlist with songs I liked, popular dance songs, popular wedding songs, etc. No one in my social circle is big on dancing so I didn’t expect anyone would dance and I was right (we also didn’t do a first dance or anything).
Basically people talked, ate, and we had yard games for people. The games were basically being used constantly… we had giant jenga, cornhole, horseshoes, a bouncehouse and an airsoft shooting range (my husband and a lot of his friends are marines so it was very popular). People had plenty to do and everyone seemed to have fun. It worked well for us.
Also, when you’re having an unusually timed wedding I found it helpful to let everyone know what was going on. Our website said something along the lines of “We’ll be having a ceremony at 1:30 followed by yard games and appetizers and dinner at 3pm.” That way people had an idea of what to expect (that there would be a meal even though it wasn’t at a usual meal time) and could plan accordingly.
Post # 4
Well we are having an early afternoon reception (ceremony at noon, reception from 1-6) with wine and beer and dancing but there are tons of things you could do without dancing.
* set up board game tables
* have lawn games
* have lots of “stations”- guestbook to sign, photobooth, display of engagement pictures, running loop of a slideshow…
* things to do at the tables: have card decks, wedding madlibs, scavenger hunt, guest “bingo” where they have to find people who match different categories
Honestly, three hours is going to go by so fast you really don’t need much to fill the time. It’s barely enough time for people to eat, mingle and maybe say hi to you. The time is going to fly. I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
Post # 5
Tbat’s what I was thinking to. I’m thinkimg most will be eating, talking, and checking out the dessert table. It being an early in the day wedding that I was worried about what exactly to do. I thought about games, but the receptin is so short I doubt anyone would have to really enjoy it.