Post # 1
So my Fiance and I are on a strict budget.. we have two kids (yep, were doin it backwards) 2 very expensive car payments not ot mention were saving for our own home all while were in college!
We decided that it was best for us to have our wedding in a local forest preserve at one of the pavillions they rent. This way we save a TON on liquor and venue rentals. The way it works is were allowed at the pavillion from sun up to sun down (aprox 6am to 9pm) The wedding ceremony will be held on site under a tent in the large field adjoining.
Our ceremony kicks off at 2pm (give us plenty of time to set up in the morning)
THENNNN I’m not sure where to go from there? Any advice on anything based on this style of wedding? I have made tons of decoration and such so Im caught up on all of that but Im kinda clueless on
how to get everyone to leave by 8pm so we have time to clean up
how to transition from ceremony to cocktail, dinner to dancing??
I just need tons of advice!!!
thanks in advance
Post # 3
I would think that generally most of the guests would leave right after you and your husband make your departure, so if you leave 30 minutes before 8, I would think that most guests would be gone by 8. As for transitioning… after the ceremony, have your officant tell the guests to go enjoy the cocktail hour while you take pictures or what not.. then to end cocktail hour make your new “entrance” (even though they will probably still see you the whole time, I’m guessing?) as Mr. and Mrs. then go into your first dance, then others will start to join in dancing… depending on when you want to eat dinner, maybe have the dj or whoever announce that the buffet is open or that dinner will be served and to please take their seats. After dinner do the cake cutting, then mingle for a while, do the tossing of the bouquet and garder (if you’re doing that) then make your departure. This is how I would do it! Hope this helped!
Post # 4
You so did! I guess as long as the dj is around things will be easily transitionable since he can announce the events and happenings..
Also, is it odd if we do a bouquet toss but don’t do a garter toss?
And I plan to help clean up so I’m thinking maybe my Fiance and I will just grab the djs mic and thank everyone for coming and remind them to grab a favor on the way out.. Or is that rude?
Post # 5
If people see you starting to clean up they will either leave or pitch in to help.You won’t have to make any announcement at all. I couldn’t watch a bride clean up her own wedding and not pitch in to help.
Post # 6
Well I’m glad you would help! I just idk we have to be gone by a certain time but I don’t want people to feel like they are being kicked out.I don’t want it to come off rude..
Post # 8
Can you put something about when it ends into the invite?