Post # 1
So my fiance and I are seriously contemplating a Sunday afternoon wedding. We have 3 years until the date, so I am not too worried right now. We are having a very small ceremony, only around 50 people. They are are family and only a few very close friends. We could have a big wedding, but I would rather put that money towards my fiance’s college tuition. I personally love to dance, but I know no one in our families will dance. So a DJ would be a waste of money. We only have 2 out of town guests, and they live in Detroit, I’m in Cincy, so I know they won’t have an issue being here for a Sunday afternoon. I’m just having a really hard time figuring out what to do for entertainment for our guests. I don’t want them to be bored, but I also don’t want to spend money on entertainment no one will care for. I’ve considered a grill out. There are a few caterers that will do this. This day will be pretty bittersweet for everyone. I will have graduated college the week before, and about a month after our wedding, we are moving to North Carolina permanently. So it’s very important to me that the reception be very intimate.
There will only be about 10 guests between 21 and 28 and 2 children, one 8 year old and one 10 year old. The rests of the guests will be over 35. We’re planning on partying will our friend later on. Neither of our families are big drinkers.
My colors are going to be a metallic light green and silver, with splashes of hot pink. I’m planning on putting candid photos of us on the tables. My cousin did that at his wedding and everyone loved it.
I love, love, LOVE the idea of games. My family loves playing games every time we get together. And they have no problem making a fool of themself!
I have also considered just going to a nice restaurant afterwards. My fiance works at a fine dining restaurant and we could probably have the whole place to ourselves. My uncle also took everyone to a family style italian restaurant and the enjoyed that.
I’m in no way looking for traditional
Post # 3
Maybe you could make a lengthy meal. I am having a Sunday evening wedding in Aug and I know very few of our guests are going to be dencing. I arranged for a served dinner with various courses to fill the time and allow people to talk without loud music interupting. I will also have more of a social atmosphere with cocktails, appetizers and once again low background music for better mingling.
Post # 4
I think something social with some nice background music would be nice. If you’re thinking the outdoor grilling idea, you could always set up some lawn games. I’d just make it really casual and set up for people to mingle as they please.
Post # 5
We had a Sunday afternoon wedding (ceremony started at 4 pm), with a small group of people and it was great! We had a DJ, but it was mostly because we wanted to do the traditional dances. A few people got up to dance, we have some AWESOME pics of my nephew, but most people didn’t. I think it would be nice to have some background music, though, if you can swing an iPod set-up or rent/borrow some equipment. We also had an open limited bar (just beer and wine) and majorly overestimated how much booze we needed. I would say we had more than half leftover after the wedding. Besides overestimating how much people would drink, we also planned for it to go until 10 pm; actually everyone left by about 9 or 9:30, so be aware that it might end earlier than you think.
For activities, we did photo scavenger hunt cards where guests could "go on the hunt" for specific things to take pictures of. However, Mrs. Sea Breeze posted about a game her guests played at the reception, and I thought it was such a great idea for a small wedding. Here’s the link to her post:
Post # 6
@Mrs. Spring: Can you PM me with how much alcohol you bought, how much was drank and how many guests you had? We are facing the same dilemma! We are buying all of our beer and wine at Sam’s Club, but I’d like to have a better idea of how much to buy! Thanks!!!