Post # 1
I am from California but have been living in Spain for 8 years and marrying someone I met here. The wedding will be held in California but many of the guests will be coming from Spain as well as other parts of Europe. My problem is that Spanish weddings are really long affairs (start around 4pm and last until dawn). Obviously I would love to party all night with the guests but our venue, like most of them, requires us to be out by midnight. Any suggestions? We are having it at a hotel so the hotel bar is an option, but even that closes at 2am.
Post # 3
Ultimately, you have to work with what you’ve got. We found a venue that said we could stay as late as we wanted, but the law won’t permit them to serve alcohol past 2 a.m., so that is when our party will probably end. At first I was a little disappointed but the truth is that, at least in Mexico where Fiance is from, most people don’t stay all night. Plus, there are things that Americans commonly do to extend the festivities (if not the party) that they don’t do in Mexico (and probably not in Spain)–such as Out of Town dinner before the wedding and a morning after brunch. So that is how I’m making sure to have enough time with everyone while still treating them to an “American” wedding (albeit heavily influenced by Mexican traditions), which is after all what they came for.
So if I were you, I would have the reception and then an after party either at the hotel bar or somewhere else nearby if there are places that stay open later and then treat everyone to brunch the next day (assuming it’s in the budget). That way you have a culturally appropriate solution that doesn’t appear to be cutting the party short.