(Closed) Does my Reception sound ridiculous?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
533 posts
Busy bee

it sounds lovely.

I think PP Goofball has a good idea about calling it a ‘Wedding Tea’. Between that and the time people should have a good idea of what to expect. 


Post # 17
811 posts
Busy bee

Are you expecting everyone to want to toast? If so, then don’t get your hopes up but you won’t get 40 people toasting you. But if you just mean the parents/best friends who know they should prepare one then that sounds good.

Post # 18
927 posts
Busy bee

Your reception sounds perfect for the timeframe you are talking. You don’t need a lot of food as it’s not over a meal time. Same for alcohol. And people don’t need to dance at such a short daytime reception.

Maybe specify the finish time on your invitations or call it an “afternoon reception”? We are going to an afternoon ceremony and reception basically exactly like yours. The invitation just said “21st of March at 1.30pm, ceremony and reception to be held at..” With most weddings we have attended  going into the evening with dancing, but 1.30 being an hour earlier than the earliest we’d been to, we had no idea how long this one would go for. Eventually found out from my parents that it’s just the afternoon, which is great, I just think they should’ve somehow indicated that on the invite. Especially also so we could make reservations for dinner nearby afterwards. 

Post # 19
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think it sounds lovely. I agree with PPs regarding making sure guests are well fed. Other than that it seems perfect. If anyone has a problem or criticism then too bad for them. No matter what you do, someone will find something wrong with it.

Post # 20
109 posts
Blushing bee

divinerose:  my only this is that having a first dance is the opening of the dance floor. I’ve seen this done and then other guests weren’t allowed to dance. Honestly, I personally think it’s tacky And so did all the other people wishing to dance.

beyond that it sounds lovely. I would simply caution that at the wedding receptions I have attended like yours people tended to leave early. But so long as it doesn’t bother you its not a big deal

Post # 21
36 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

I was a bridesmaid in a wedding that had snacks, cake and punch afterward in the church hall. I think the wedding was at 2, and it was great. We all had fun visiting together, and no meals were interrupted.

Post # 22
1678 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

divinerose:  everything you’ve said sounds lovely. go with it!

Post # 23
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

THat sounds really nice. People sometimes expect ‘activity’ or ‘entertainment’ at weddings. Maybe you could think about putting out some classic board games, cornhole, lawn games if that’s possible? Jsut so people would have something to do with their hands. I find that mingling happens better when there’s an activity available for the shy people.

Post # 24
891 posts
Busy bee

This sounds amazing, do it ! We are going to do something very similar for some of the same reasons…

I’m a big believer in do what you and your SO want because it’s your day. No one elses

Post # 25
55 posts
Worker bee

This is the style of wedding that I LOVE to go to.  Like you, OP, I’m not a rowdy dance floor kind of person.  I more prefer getting to have conversations with all the people there, and mingling for a bit!  Also your time frame is completely great, nobody will expect a full meal in the middle of the afternoon. 

Post # 26
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I like it and is similar to what I would have done had I had a wedding ceremony. My husband and I aren’t into dancing either. Though I would want to have “the first dance” still. I also would just have music playing..chill music..not dance music..haha. I’d probably have dinner as well as hors d’oeuvres. Because we love food. Ha. Nothing fancy, something more casual. I always imagined something like a backyard country bbq. Ribs, biscuits and apple butter, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and everything in between. 

I feel your day should really be reflective of you and your Fiance and about what you guys like. Don’t worry about everyone else. There are so many differing opinions you’ll never be able to please everyone. 

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