Post # 1
I was wondering if doing a wedding at 10am, guest arrive, the wedding ceremony starts at 10:30am, than a brunch style reception to follow right after, is workable? I’m a lil worried that maybe the 10am arrival time may be to early? Our ceremony and reception will be hosted in 1 location. We want it as informal as possible, and laid back. Just spending time with family and friends, as we start this new chapter in our lives. So we don’t want the hussle of doing a big meal or being on a rigid schedule. It’s about being with family and friends who mean a lot to us, and sharing this special day with them. I was thinking a brunch style with finger foods as well, would be perfect, for we are also trying to keep the cost down as low as possible. Since this is our 2nd marriage, we are leaving a lot of things out. Like I am going to wear a nice off white dress that can be worn again. He will wear dress pants and a nice shirt, that he can wear again as well.
What do you think of the times?
Post # 2
We considered a brunch reception at first too and were going to start at 10:30, with waffles, eggs, bacon, etc. Mostly just breakfast food. But then I decided I wanted tacos and Fi wanted dancing, so we pushed back our time to 5pm.
I’m sure your reception will be awesome.
Post # 3
When you make invitations, you put the time the ceremony will start, not the time you want guests to arrive. If you put 10, people will start arriving earlier and then have to wait around until 10:30 for the ceremony.
I think 10:30 is a good time for a brunch wedding to start.
Post # 4
That is true! When we do the invites, should I mention that it will be a brunch reception?
I was also thinking since we won’t have dancing, yes music will be played, and guests can dance if they want too…but really…it’s going to be more like a family get-together with food and mingling. But I did think about doing a few “games” outside in the yard of the location.
Post # 5
secondtimesaround : That all sounds nice. I would write “brunch reception to follow” on the bottom of the invitation to let them know what type of reception it will be
Post # 6
secondtimesaround : 10:30 is a great start time for a brunch wedding! The one thing to think about is photography and getting ready times. If your hair or makeup will take a while, it can be an early call-time. Also, you’ll have to think about if you want to do photography before the ceremony or not, as that will move up your start time by quite a bit.
We had a brunch wedding and did photos after the reception. It worked well for us, but it did mean I had to touch-up my hair and make-up towards the end of the reception.
Post # 7
secondtimesaround : the only problem with your plan is lying to me about the time. You’re having a 10:30 wedding, not a 10:00 one. It’s exceptionally rude to tell your guests 10am and then make them wait an extra 30 mins.
Post # 8
We had our ceremony at 10 am and the reception started at 11:30. That factored in the length of the ceremony (slightly under an hour) and the drive (10 minutes) to the reception space. It worked out very well, timing wise. I honestly didn’ think it was that early even though I had to wake up at 5 to get ready. 🙂
Post # 9
This is basically what we are doing.
On the invites it says the wedding starts at 10:15am.
On the website it says “seating” for the wedding starts at 10:15am and the proessional will promptly start at 10:30am.
We are also not doing dancing etc. Instead of the word “reception” I am using “celebratin” to try and break the stereo types that come aong with the world reception.
Post # 10
This is the exact type of wedding my cousin had. Early ceremony(11am) followed by brunch in the same location. I liked how early it was. I feel it kept it really casual
Post # 11
I love brunch receptions. (I love brunch)
Post # 12
I am thinking I want to do something similar so I think this sounds great! I will echo PPs and give the start time as 10:30 if that’s what time the ceremony starts… people should know to arrive early. If you say 10 and the ceremony starts at 10:30, you risk people waiting around for 45+ min.
Post # 13
arriaza415 : I love that idea!!! Celebration instead of reception!!! That is awesome!!!
Post # 14
secondtimesaround : Thanks! On the invites I wrote “Brunch celebration to follow”
and on the website it says:
<div class=”item-title”>Lets Do Brunch! 12:15pm-3:00pm</div>
Hosted Mimosas and Bloody Marys plus Delicious Eats!
No-Host bar also available.