Post # 1
Hi bees! I am having a morning wedding following with lunch, the wedding is about 3 hours away from town so most people will be staying in a hotel the night before. The wedding starts at 10:30 and is scheduled to end at 3:30. My question is how you you end it? Do you anounce it? like “you dont have to go home but you can’t stay here”? Do you wind it down by offering coffee? I am at a loss.
Post # 3
Commenting to follow. I don’t have any advice, but I’m curious as well.
Post # 4
@znowbird22: This all depends on the venue, is it in your/moms house? If so thats tricky unless you start cleaning up around your guests! Any parties at home are tricky and usually end when the last guest decides to leave!
If its in a hotel/restauarant then you just leave when your ready should be no problem.
Have you sents the invites out? If its in a hotel you can state on invites the establisment requests we end the party at 330.
Post # 5
@znowbird22: It should wind down right after you and DH leave. The reception staff will start cleaning up the area and that will be the cue to go.
Post # 6
@znowbird22: Are you having any type of music/dancing? Because you could announce “last song of the afternoon”…..or make a grand exit of you and your husband by inviting guests out to send you off which should be que for people that its time to go. If you aren’t planning on leaving before the guests, maybe you could save your speech to address everyone by thanking them for coming out and having a safe drive home?!
Post # 7
i say a spech? Thanks for coming, everyone have a safe trip home! or do some kind of send off, like spaklers, or bubbles, or soemthing anything to get everyone outside!!
Post # 8
@ambergirl: Its at a hotel venue 🙂 havent done the invites yet, but i could mention it on the website?
@Mez03: Thats good we could say something like that then leave, but i hate to miss out on anything LOL but i guess it its a way for guest to know that they have to go.
@Jen51287: The “everyone have a safe trip home”, is good too, maybe i can get a grooms man to say it, im terrible at that stuff lol
Post # 9
@znowbird22: You leave, then maybe serve coffee, but most people will clear out after the departure of the bride and groom – so if you leave about 3:00, people should be mostly cleared out by 3:30.
Post # 10
Usually when the bride and groom leave, the guests just kind of trickle out!
Post # 11
Our dinner is ending at around 8. We plan on doing our speech or rather FI will do a “thanks for coming we love you all drive safe blah blah blah” to close things out
Post # 12
Are you having dancing? At our reception I made a little “thanks for coming and supporting us” speech and then at the end of it, I asked all of our guests to come and join us for one last dance. The two of us, and all of our guests, danced our butts off to Footloose, and then the guests went outside for the send-off while my husband and I had one last private dance.
Post # 13
Bride and groom leaving would probably be the best prompt in my opinion.
Post # 14
@znowbird22: much easier because its at a hotel. If i was doing that I would put on my invites…..church at 1030 followed by lunct from 12 to 330. very clear that thats when it ends and that way out of town people can organise nice plans for the rest of the day!