(Closed) Does this sound awful?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Trust me – your guests will LOVE it.  I’ve been a wedding coordinator for years and one of the nicest add on touches I’ve had brides do that people talked about was beverages before the ceremony.

You’re on the right track with keeping it limited- bottled water, a signature cocktail or champagne punch, and depending on your crowd some lemonade or something is awesome.

Ceremonies will start a little late, and it gives those who arrive early a chance to mingle and begin celebrating your marriage right away 🙂

Good luck!!!

Post # 4
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Do what you want, it’s your wedding! Why on earth would you even listen to an aunt and uncle regarding your wedding choices. With that said I do agree it’s a little different to get a drink and food before the ceremony. I had the same thinking as you, I didn’t want people to wait so I just made sure I was on time. Everyone was at the venue (which is where we had the ceremony and reception) I arrived on time at 3 p.m. which is when we immediately started the ceremony, it lasted 15-20 minutes then we sent our guests upstairs for appetizers & drinks while we did pictures, then it was dinner time. I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from people on how they loved not having to wait around for the wedding to start and how it went quick then they got food etc. It just flowed really well for us.

Good luck in your planning.

Post # 5
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

Unless that aunt and uncle are funding the wedding, you are under no obligation to do what they are advising you to do. If they are, then you need to consider it. If not, she said her piece and you are free to ignore her advice. 🙂

Post # 6
5183 posts
Bee Keeper

I saw this on four weddings once and the girls loved it! I wouldn’t suggest serving alchy before the ceremony though, wouldn’t want any crazy people who can’t hold their liquor making a fool of themselves during the ceremony!

Post # 7
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it sounds like a great idea!  Do what you want!

Post # 8
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ignore them entirely! I’m sure if they can’t make it, there will be plenty of Bees willing to take their place. =)

What you’re planning sounds awesome and unique and I absolutely love it. Weddings are far from traditional now, regardless of where you live. Do what you want. I guarantee your guests will enjoy it. 

Post # 9
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Eh, I wouldn’t worry about it.  I love the idea.  I’m planning on serving lemonade, iced tea and bottled water before the ceremony.  mainly because I’m having my wedding in June, in Savannah, outside.  I don’t want my guests to faint!

I think it’ll be fun though — go for it!

Post # 10
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it sounds great! My sister did this– she had the bar open before the wedding and it was lovely. I’m sure his Aunt and Uncle will like it a lot more once they are sipping your fabulous signature cocktail.

Post # 11
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Honestly, I’m not crazy about food and drink before the ceremony. The wedding ceremony doesnt go on for hours and hours so its not like the guests cant wait till after to eat. But Its your day so you should do what you want.

Post # 13
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I’ve been to a wedding where guests had drinks and appetizers before getting golf-carted to a remote part of a golf course for the ceremony. It was all nice–randomly, the groom and everyone but the bride were milling about before the wedding. Laid back! The ceremony definitely started an hour late though, and everything got a little soaked when it started raining at the end of the ceremony. It could have been a disaster, but it all worked out.


All that to say, apps and drinks before the ceremony worked out just fine. 🙂

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