Post # 1
Hello all! I’ve read a bunch of posts trying to track down our scenario, without much luck. I know it really depends on the disposition of the guests, but I’m wondering if anyone has encountered this situation:
Daytime reception (12pm-4pm)
Floor to Ceiling windows! <— This is what throws me. If there were window coverings, and the room could be dimmed, I wouldn’t see an issue. It is going to be bright and sunny!
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Post # 3
My reception is also noon-4 pm. It looks like you a year out, but do you have a guestimate of your timeline? Sorry if this is a thread-jack — please feel free to PM.
We’ve picked a DJ mostly for peace-of-mind/director of events given the tight timeline, and hopefully our people will dance. We have floor-to-ceiling windows, but I think we have blinds.
Post # 4
I went to a Sunday daytime wedding once with bright windows and an open bar and everyone got super drunk and danced. It was really fun!
Post # 5
@discokitty: Not a threadjack at all! I’ve been trying to figure that one out myself. To complicate things, We have our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in one location – one right after the other. Plus, we want to do a first look, and actually ATTEND and mingle during the cocktail hour.
Here’s what the photographer came up with:
7:00 approximate start time (maybe earlier) for photographing dress and details
7:45 First look
8:00 Couple’s pictures
9:00 Formals – wedding party first, then family
10:00 done with formals
11:00 Ceremony over, Cocktail Hour starts
4:00 Reception over
4:15 couple’s pictures w/ wedding party following
(After party…not sure what time yet)
8:00 Done with after party pictures
Post # 6
I am also getting married at noon, but our reception will go until 5. Here is a break down of our day.
11:30 Guest start to arrive
12:00 Processional Starts
12:30 Ceremony ends/Receiving line
12:45 Cocktail Hour
2:00 Plated meal is served
3:00 1st Dance
3:05 Father/Daughter Dance
3:10 Mother Son Dance
3:30 Dance Party
4:45 Bouquet Toss
Post # 7
@lotto: That’s so encouraging! Thank you!
Post # 8
I went to a wedding that began at 11am and was over at 3pm. It was open bar and EVERYONE had a great time. We all ended up going to a local bar afterwards and continued the party.
Post # 9
@Luvnseptember: That’s fantastic! We’re thinking of doing a non-hosted after party too!
Post # 10
@ANGELaaimt: It really depends on what types of guests you have (dancing vs. non-dancing) and what kind of amenities.
- I just recently went to a daytime/early evening reception in the city with a live DJ and floor-to-ceiling windows. Out of the 150+ guests there, I would say about 15 danced (myself included). More people danced once the sun went down, though. BUT there were a lot of non-dancing church folk (and before you say anything…I’m a dancing church person :D). Dry wedding
- I also recently attended another wedding on the beach where there was a live band and floor-to-ceiling windows. Out of the 150+ guests there, I would say about 15 stayed seated. I’m not kidding…it was one of the best weddings I’d been to. And there were a lot of dancing church folk in attendance. 😀 Open bar
Post # 11
I think people generally assume that they are supposed to dance at weddings if there is a dance floor. I would suspect people will generally drink less, but will still dance.
Post # 12
Thank you for all of the replies! I’m glad we’re having an open bar, since it looks like that breeds more dancing 😉