(Closed) Is it weird to have the reception the next day?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which arrangement is best for us?
    morning wedding/lunch at temple & reception in evening several hours later : (4 votes)
    24 %
    morning wedding/lunch at temple & reception in evening next day : (4 votes)
    24 %
    morning wedding and lunch reception at reception hall : (9 votes)
    53 %
    other? please explain! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    A friend of mine is having a traditional wedding too and it does take forever! You could always let your guests know in their invites on a little note or something, what to expect. Tell them you would be thrilled if they make it, but understand that a very long ceremony plus small reception plus dinner reception makes it difficult for you to attend the whole day, please let us know which events you attend so we can plan appropriately.

    I’m not digging the 2 day thing b/c honestly, I think you’ll end up with people attending one thing or the other, but probably not both. That is a WHOLE weekend just for you. Sounds great in theory, but while I could give up one whole for wedding festivities, I likely could not do both. It would be less convenient for you 1-2 hour away guests.

    Could you rent a hotel room and clean up there before the dinner reception? How about planning something “lazy” for your Out of Town guests to lounge somewhere? I think having a nice lunch/afternoon reception would be fine.

    Post # 4
    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I think your idea for a morning wedding and then lunch at a reception hall makes the most sense.  That way, Fiance still gets his nice reception, and you don’t have to worry about the lapse of time.  You could still do some snacks at the temple and then people could go to the reception hall.  That seems like it would be the best flow for the day.

    Post # 6
    153 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I voted for the 2 days wedding.  But it’s true, people may just attend one and not the other.   That is a tough one.

    Post # 7
    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    …here’s another idea – for the out of town guests, do you think they would want to/is it important for you to have them attend the ceremony at the temple?  If not, would it be a big deal for them just to come to the dinner portion?  That way, they will just arrive in time for the dinner and there is no need to worry about the gap.

    It’s an inconvenience to your guests to have such a large gap between events, but you could very easily do the dinner reception (and perhaps have a friend/family member host the OOT’s at their home OR suggest activities, etc.).  

    My boss just went to a wedding 2 hours away and there was a 3-4 hour gap between events.  He and some friends went to the movies and went shopping.  A bit uncomfortable in wedding clothes, but they survived.

    Personally, I’d much rather have a few hours to kill than to drive a long distance two days in a row.

    Post # 8
    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    Stick to one day, or you will lose a lot of people at one half of your wedding. I’d just do the lunch reception somewhere else and do it all in one day, without overtaxing yourself by having a second reception a few hours later.

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