(Closed) friday evening wedding and reception!! help!!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
35 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m getting married on 11-11-11 as well and I’m having a full dinner reception. The day of the week should not determine what style reception you should have. Go with what you want for your wedding! A cocktail reception would save you money.

Post # 4
46607 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I guess the big question for me is: Do you want kids at the reception, or do you want people to get a sitter so you can have an adult reception?

If you want kids, you have a couple of choices- the standard ceremony, reception dinner, dance


you could let people go out to dinner on their own, then have the ceremony and a dessert reception. That way the guests, especially the children could eat at a more normal time.


Post # 5
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re having a Friday evening wedding on October 7, 2011. Our wedding is being held at my dream venue (a lakeside resort). The ceremony will start at 5:30, cocktail hour from 6:00-7:00 and the reception (sit down/formal) will be from 7:00-11:00 with an after party following until whenever. 

If you’re having a Friday wedding, its important to try to arrange it for later in the day so that your guests won’t have to take much time off of work. A cocktail reception would be fine and I don’t see an issue with kids being invited but you’ll have to understand when your guests with children don’t stay the entire time.

You can do the exact same thing with a Friday wedding that you could with a Saturday. If we were getting married on a Saturday, our entire event would be the exact same as what we are having with a Friday. 

Post # 6
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am thinking about finding a local certified daycare provider and hiring them for the evening and getting a little meeting room off of the venue to set up for the kids. This way the adults can have a good time, and the kids are close enough to check on, and no one has to worry about kids running around under foot. Of course, this is going to depend on where our budget is in a few months.

Post # 7
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If you are NOT planning on a meal a cocktail reception is certainly fine..but I do agree that you must decide if children are welcome.

A cocktail reception can be family friendly. Offer some non-alcoholic beverages or punch and some champagne for the drinkers.

Provide some foods kids can identify like cheese and crackers,grapes and carrot sticks. This will make them feel comfortable and keep their tummies filled so they are less whiney. Most kids will avoid shrimp or foods they are not familiar with. Even Uncle Joe or Great Aunt Ruth will appreciate foods they can identify.

You could even set up a kids table with their favorite food/snacks and punch just for them to make them feel special.

Alot of brides provide an activity table or area for the kids to hang out. You could ask a family member or close friend to monitor the kids table…maybe a 12-14 yr. old girl and give her a small gift as a thank you for her help.

Happy planning and best wishes!

Post # 8
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

A friend of mine is having a friday wedding in November as well. I don’t think they are invitnig any kids… they are going to start the ceremony at 6pm so that guests, at most, only need to take a half day off of work. They are going to have a full dinner reception wirh dancing! No need to cut back just because its on a Friday.

Post # 9
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think other Bees gave good advice here, but I will just mention that if you don’t have a venue booked yet, BOOK IT NOW!!! Some venues have had 11.11.11 booked up for years already.

ETA: Just noticed now that you posted this 3 months ago. So you probably have everything booked by now, so never mind. 🙂

Post # 10
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am also getting married on 11.11.11 yay us!!! I would book a venue now.. They book up fast. Anyways we are doing a full dinner reception I think it will be fine ya we all have kids but ugh.. what really the diff between fri and sat.?? theywill all have kids on sat too lol.

Post # 11
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are having a Friday evening wedding and having a full reception.  We have found that items cost less on Friday evenings and your guests have the rest of the weekend to themselves.

Our ceremony will start around 5 pm, followed by a cocktail hour and dinner.  We’re treating it like a Saturday wedding, just later in the afternoon on a Friday.

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