Dry Wedding followed by After Party

posted 8 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Would it all be held at the same venue?  If so, just have a sign that says “drinks and dancing will commence at X time”. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

jnt2019 :  honestly? Unless the official reception ends right after dinner (so that the “after party” begins inmediatley), i wouldn’t “stick it out”. It’s asking a lot of your friends to sit around for hours with no alcohol (which makes the awkward socialization easier since that’s all there is to do). I’m not shaming you for having a dry wedding – you do you – but you should set your expectations accordingly. You can’t expect people to stick around for long with no booze and dancing. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

A brunch reception?  I wouldn’t assume there would be any party at a brunch reception.  Maybe a couple mimosas or a Bloody Mary bar, but I don’t typically put on my dancing shoes until later.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

jnt2019 :  Why not have a brunch reception then? That way, your family won’t be offended, your FI and you would enjoy your favorite dishes at a time that they’re usually served, and your guests would have no expectations of alcohol and dancing. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Will there be other food too? Non breakfast food? I wouldn’t be crazy about omelettes and pancakes 🙁 I think the brunch idea sounds great as well. Guests can go home, recharge, eat dinner, have a nice drink or two and then join you guys at the afterparty. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Seriously, how could you POSSIBLY expect people who are supposed to LOVE YOU and be your BFFs to take 3 hours out of their precious, even SACRED lives to ABSTAIN FROM ALCOHOL JUST BECAUSE you wish to honor one of your parents with the happiness and dignity of being part of the most important day of his child’s life?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

jnt2019 :  frankly having to wait and go to a second location will be too much for me. By then I’m kind of over it.

Sounds like you’ve booked your reception and after party places?

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Your wedding so do what suits you. If people won’t wait around and eat some pancakes for an hour then they are probably not very good friends. I’m sure that the important people will stay and you only need a few people to have a fun after party anyway.

I know if it was one of my best friends weddings then I would realise how hard it must be to cater for two very different sides and do whatever I could to make the day great for her. If people do leave then don’t get offended and just carry on.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

ann.reid.9277 :  How can you possibly expect the people who share your genetic material and raised you to tolerate being in a room where a HEATHEN bride dares to DANCE with her FATHER???  The horror and inDIGnity of it ALL??!?!?!

What are you so mad about and why are there random caps?  The bride is not angry at her friends for wanting to drink and dance – she’s just trying to make sure everyone has fun.

jnt2019 :  I think what you’re planning is fine.  A brunch-based meal won’t last more than a couple of hours, so just let people know via sign or annoucement or whatever that dinner is at 6 and cocktails and dancing begin at 8, and go from there.  Can I suggest having a carving station or pasta bar or something with the breakfast foods?  Some people really prefer dinner in the evening and those things go well with brunch.

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