- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
I really need advice on this one.
Fiance and I have been planning our outdoor wedding for months. It’s in a historic garden, and the venue is wonderful and thus far has been a pleasure to work with.
We chose a Friday night for our ceremony due partly to when the venues were available (Saturday was booked) and partly due to the cost- we saved quite a lot of money by doing a Friday.
EDIT: Our reception is indoors, at a location about 5 minutes from our ceremony venue. After the ceremony, guests who are not staying for pictures will be able to head over to the reception to hang out until dinner, or are welcome to explore the gardens before heading to the reception.
We planned to start the ceremony at 6:30 pm to give people time to get to the venue after work.
Then I get an email this morning. Relay for Life is being held the same day as our wedding at the fairgrounds right next to where our venue is located. The opening ceremony starts at 7pm.
Our venue has no control over the fairgrounds or their scheduling, but they are RIGHT next to each other. In fact, the fairgrounds parking lot is right across the street from the area we are using, and was where my guests were supposed to park.
I don’t care about having my guests park farther away, but I am REALLY worried about hearing the announcements/music/etc. from Relay for Life during my ceremony!
I spoke with our venue coordinator and she said that we probably wouldn’t have any issues until about 6:45, and that if I make the ceremony earlier it should be ok, but I have a feeling that people won’t come to the wedding b/c they won’t want to take off work.
We were planning to keep our ceremony to around 20 minutes anyway, and we are doing pictures immediately after in the gardens. I don’t care if we can hear them during pictures, but I do for the ceremony.
If you were in my situation, what would you do? Leave the ceremony as is, or move up the time slightly?