Destination Wedding – Reception Help!

posted 7 months ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Should the reception start right after the ceremony?
    Yes : (4 votes)
    40 %
    No : (6 votes)
    60 %
  • Post # 2
    44 posts

    lgfinally :  Can you afford to do 2 meals? I would do a lunch right after. Then hold an evening reception.

    Post # 4
    4183 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    lgfinally :  honestly I think that is a really odd timeline for a wedding. With what you are proposing your major meal falls between a normal lunch and dinner. I’d push your ceremony out to 4 pm. Start cocktails at 5pm. Dinner at 6pm and dancing to follow. 



    Post # 7
    2050 posts
    Buzzing bee

    lgfinally :  What kind of place is this? Generally, I’m not a big fan of large gaps, but if most of your guests are staying on site, I’d probably lean towards an evening reception with a long gap.

    Post # 8
    3651 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    lgfinally :  do it right after. no one wants to have to figure out entertainment for several hours between your ceremony and reception.

    Post # 10
    44 posts

    lgfinally :   if I was a guest I would prob be most happy with a cake and punch/champs thing right after for an hour or so. And then go to a proper sit down dinner with dancing in the evening. During the down time, I would prob have a lazy lunch with my husband then freshen up and maybe change depending on how sweaty I got or how formal the evening was meant to be. I might think the timing is a bit odd, but I think framing it as two separate events is better than having a super long time gap or an oddly timed meal. During the inbetween time you guy could do photos and freshen up. Some of the speeches could be split up with this too so that could be a plus  

    Invite would read something like this:

    Ceremony 12 pm

    with cake and punch to follow immediately 


    Dinner & Dancing 6 pm

    Post # 12
    8850 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    lgfinally :  The thing is that your guests will be skipping lunch in order to attend your wedding since it will probably not end until 2pm (because mingling and photos after and what wedding ever starts on time). Then you expect them to just hang around until the reception? In the heat? Especially the two guests that are not even staying at the resort.

    When you say it was the only time available, did you book the dates for the trip before finding out the wedding day options? 

    Post # 13
    5330 posts
    Bee Keeper

    If its a resort, how can you “not afford” two meals when theyre already included? These people are spending thousands of dollars but an extra $50 is too much? Eek.

    Post # 14
    2374 posts
    Buzzing bee

    An hour-long, non-Catholic ceremony sounds a bit excessive, especially at noon in the heat of Cancun. Everyone will want to shower after.

    I would shorten the ceremony and have the reception at night. Punch and cookies right after is a great idea. Maybe you could get a paleta (popsicle) cart. There are even alcoholic paletas in Mexico that are delicious.

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