(Closed) Help! Ideas for an afternoon reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
46645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have been to a few afternoon weddings that were great fun. Things the guests had to do (not all at the same wedding):

look at displays of family photos

crossword puzzle of bride and groom

 photo booth

law games- croquet, badminton, fish tank for the kids

Don’t forget that people like to mix and mingle- many of them will be visiting with friends and family they haven’t seen for a while. Plus, you will have the usual speaches and toasts.

Post # 5
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have been to more afternoon weddings in the past few years than evening weddings and as a guest they are SOOOOO much better.  Why?

  • You get home at a reasonable hour.  Getting home after a late night wedding is exhausting or expensive if you need to book a hotel.
  • You can enjoy the rest of your evening after you get home.
  • You can get plenty of rest and not spend your Sunday or Saturday feeling tired and hungover.
  • You get to actually SEE everything and everyone, instead of tryign to squint and see the wedding details in a dark room.  All my evening brides were saying how they spent all this time on favors or whatever and no one could even see them bc the room was dimmed for dancing.
  • People will totally dance, I promise.  Weddings are fun and they will get out there and shimmy around.  If they don’t dance, they will go around and mingle with other people.  That’s the beauty of small weddings.
  • The newlyweds get to leave in the afternoon and take a well-deserved nap before starting their honeymoon!

I enjoyed afternoon weddings so much that even with my budget constraints I am doing a daytime wedding by choice.  Like you, I am having a small afternoon wedding.  We’re doing a noon cocktail hour, then a lunch, during which we’ll have toasts and speeches.  Then we’ll cut cake, serve cake, go around and mingle for awhile and then just have music for dancing for an hour to 90 minutes before we start winding things down at 3:30pm for a 4pm exit.  You may have the reception hall for 5 hours, but you need that wind down time to collect yourself and say goodbye.  
Don’t worry, it will be beautiful!!!

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