(Closed) In need of honest opinions please (and thank you)

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Something to keep in mind, if it is going to be in the fall and you want the ceremony on the beach, check out what time the sun sets at that time of year!

Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@burger26:  Sounds like a good idea to me!

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@burger26:  I actually really love this idea! Check sunset times in your area, and plan the ceremony to start right around then. That way, people will see you get married, and then once it’s nighttime, the dessert and dancing can commence! I think that will also help people understand that it’s an evening wedding, and they should snack beforehand. Also mentioning “dessert and dancing in the sand” or something like that will tell people what to expect – music, sweets, and barefoot moves!

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Definitely not tacky. It sounds like a great idea.

How far will most guests have to travel? If people have to travel, they’ll expect a little bit more, I think.

If I traveled out to your wedding…. I will admit that I’d be a little annoyed if I showed up at 7 pm and there was no dinner being served. I guess if I knew this beforehand, it’d be ok, but 7 is a little early on a Friday to have already eaten dinner and be ready for dessert… I would either move it to a later time, or do it on Saturday when most people are free all day.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I agree with the bees who mentioned offering a few hors d’oeuvres along with the dessert. There’s nothing wrong with appy’s and dessert (that’s what we’re doing for our afternoon wedding). As others mentioned, people who have to drive an hour to the wedding after a work day likely won’t have time for dinner, and that’s definitely something to keep in mind.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Oooh, or maybe you could host a get together Friday night, serve appetizers and whatnot, and then guests could spend the night at the beach house? Then you could get married Saturday morning and have a light lunch reception.

I’m not sure what your guest list looks like, so offering for several people to stay over at the rental house may not be feasible, but it could be kind of fun!

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’d be annoyed to have to travel a bit to come to a wedding for just cake… I do think you’d have to serve a meal.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sounds great to me.

As long as people can get changed and get to the beach for 7 without having to take time off work.

For a beach wedding I guess the dress code would be more relaxed, pretty but not necessarily formal, so quicker to achieve!

 I LOVE appertizers and deserts so I would be happy. Knowing what was coming, I’d just have a more substantial lunch. Laughing

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think this is a great idea. I am still a little concerned with the time, I agree with someone who said, make it clear on the invitation, “Dessert Reception” on the invite. It will clear everything up for the guests. But I really like the idea of the dessert and dancing part, just because thats what is most guests favorite part anyway (at least in my family!)

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i love that idea!

Post # 28
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think 7pm is  a bit early for a desserts-and-finger-foods-only reception. If you push it to 8pm your guests will have a better opportunity to get a proper dinner before they have to get ready for your event.

Post # 29
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Busy Beekeeper

I think having a dessert and dancing type reception is great – the only thing I personally wouldn’t be happy with is the Friday date.  It would be difficult for me to finish up work, have dinner, then head to your wedding and I’d likely need to take time off, in order to make that happen.  What might happen is people will miss part of the wedding and/or come late… 

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