(Closed) Brunch and Early Afternoon Brides – What Are you Doing for your Reception?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

My ceremony starts earlier at 12pm (full catholic mass) 

2pm-3:30pm cocktail hour and thirty (want enough time for my pictures)

4:00 dinner-6pm

6-10 dancing

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
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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buzzedoffbee15:  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. 

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