(Closed) Choosing a Time… Input Please

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

A cocktail reception would work for that time of ceremony, but it does mean people are likely to leave early to go have dinner, unless you are serving heavy apps.

If you go with the dessert reception, it implies that your guests have already had dinner. If you have a ceremony at 6:30 and your guests have to drive an hour, that means they have to leave home about 5 pm just to drive and likely 3:30 so they can have a bite to eat before the wedding if you do not plan to serve dinner.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@Stellar Magnitude: Either of those times would work. Your guests can socialize and have a couple of mock or cocktails, a few appies and go out for dinner.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would also mention time-wise that it will be darker in pictures than in real life, so you might want to err on the earlier side so that everyone can see your ceremony and the pictures capture sunset/twilight and not just fuzzy low-light shots.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I think you should not be over a meal time if you don’t serve a meal.  I’d say normal dinner time is between 5-7.  I’d say you have to go later for a cocktail reception or serve a meal. 

 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you can do what you  want as far as food as long as you make it clear on the invitations so people know what to expect and can plan their time.

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