Post # 1
I have to choose between catering at Noon-3pm or 6pm – 9pm. Simply put, I don’t know what I want. I’m having a Maine wedding by the ocean in a beautiful venue that overlooks the ocean. Right now, I’ve reserved dinner because I needed to put something down to reserve my date, but I’m just going through logistics in my head. I’m trying to stay to a tight 5k budget, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do a cocktail hour, so I’ll have to do the ceremony around 4pm. I think that would be fine, but I honestly have no idea.
Any thoughts? This is stressing me out for some reason, and I’m sure it’s not as big a deal as I’m making it in my head, I think I just need some feedback/reasurance.
Post # 3
I prefer evening weddings as long as they’re not on a Sunday (or a day before a workday). Since 6/15/13 is a Saturday, I would say the evening. Are you concerned that it might be really hot at 4pm? Having a later wedding gives you more time during the day to get ready, so you won’t have to be up at 5am to get your hair and makeup done. Is the price different between lunch and dinner or it’s the same price regardless? If it’s cheaper for lunch, then I might do that, but it sounds like you would be getting married at like 10am.
Post # 4
Will there be dancing? If so, evening is best
Post # 5
Normally I’d pick dinner but considering the $5,000 budget I think you’ll have an easier time with lunch.
Post # 6
If you skip cocktail hour nobody would notice as long as you went right to dinner. So if you’re ok with having a first look instead of pictures in between, I’d do dinner.
Post # 7
We’re doing “hors d’oevres, drinks and desserts” (the exact working on the invite) from 2-6pm. It will be at a local inn we frequent, immediately following the ceremony that is two blocks away.
Post # 8
I think it depends.
If you want a very casual, light affair, then go with lunch. We’ve been to a couple lunchtime weddings and the feeling is very casual and low-key with minimal dancing. People came, mingled, ate, danced to a tune or two, and left. Alcohol consumption was usually very low. Definitely kid-friendly.
If you want an upscale, formal affair, I would go with evening. The evening ones we’ve been to have more dressed up people and the food is usually prettier and more elegant. It’s not always super kid-friendly but definitely included dancing and alcohol consumption.
Not sure how prices are in your area and what is included in your $5k, but that might be tight for an evening wedding, especially if you want at least wine and beer for a medium-sized wedding or larger.
Post # 9
We served a late lunch (thank you catering prices!!) and people still danced & boogied on the dance floor. Here’s our timeline:
cocktail hour for guests/we finished up wedding party pics 1:30-2:30
reception entrance/first dance 2:30-2:45
lunch served 2:45
continued with dancing and did the cake/garter/bouquet until about 6pm
After everything was said & done many of our guests met at the hotel where our out of towners were staying & had dinner and continued to party well into the night.
Post # 10
As a guest I prefer evening, but if you’re worried about budget, lunch can be less expensive because you can get away with lighter food (most people don’t want a heavy meal in the middle of the day) and there is less expectation of alcohol.
Post # 11
Go for lunch! You will be able to see the ocean view better AND its saves money. Plus I like brunchy wedding food better than nighttime wedding food. (Yeah I just said brunchy, so what?)
Post # 12
I think I’m going to go with dinner! I’m a little nervous about making the call, but I have all sorts of ideas about decor that involves soft glowing lights, and I was hoping to do smores, as we have access to a fire pit, so I think I’m gonna take the plunge and committ to dinner.
As far as affording it, I think I can do it. We were quoted $1500 for 75 people. We’re doing artisan pizza, salad and gelato. We’re going to get fruit and rolls, as well, for a little extra. Because we looked for and found a catering solution that’s a little non-traditional, we’ve saved money. We’re a quirky couple, and I think this can work for us.
I was also thinking, because our venue is so beautiful, people will surely explore the area before the wedding and during, perhaps. I plan on devoting a page on our wedding website to area attractions and info, so hopefully, our guests will enjoy the day before our evening wedding.
Thank you so much for your input!