Post # 15
I’m in London and it’s entirely normal to have evening guests, although we only had a handful. As a wedding photographer, I don’t think I’ve ever done a wedding that didn’t have evening guests. Possibly a few that were out in the middle of nowhere or that were fairly late ceremonies.
Timeline looks fine, but do allow for things to overrun – an extra 30 minutes after the ceremony should do it.
Post # 16
Very similar timeline to me. We are calling guests through at 4.15 and starting our meal at 4.40. We are having speeches afterwards (they’ve suggested around 6.30pm) and our evening guests should start arriving around 7.30 (we put 7 on their invites so that they turn up when we actually want them to haha)
Post # 17
I’m also in London (moved out of central a year ago but still Only in Zone 3) and I have never been to a wedding that didn’t have evening guests so definitely not a faux pas.
I’m glad you posted this thread because I have been pondering the very same thing – our reception starts at 2:00pm and we’re trying to work out what time to have dinner and what time to invite the evening guests (parents friends, people we don’t see very often, colleges etc)
I hadn’t really thought to do evening welcome drinks though, that’ll be a nice touch if we can squeeze it into our budget (or maybe wait until that time to pop some ££ behind the bar)
At my brother’s wedding they had the bar open for about an hour before the ceremony and people who arrived and had some time to kill got a drink or two – it seemed to relax guests and pass the time a little in the time – just make it clear that there drinks won’t be permitted in/during the ceremony