Post # 1
I’m considering having my wedding on a Saturday in the mid-afternoon. The ceremony would be around 1pm, cocktails from 2-3pm then food and dancing from 3-5:30pm. Since everything would end so early my idea is to have an after party in a hotel suite or going out to a local bar.
So two questions – while i know this time is not a normal timing, is it odd? How would I word the invitations so people know there will be a meal served since it’s obviously a really early dinner time. Finally, I always pictured having a formal wedding, would that be strange for the mid-afternoon. The venue we are considering could certainly be considered formal, but I’m worried about how to communicate that we want this to be dressy affair where men wear suites and women nice dresses, not slacks and polos and women in sundresses.
Thoughts, ideas? Anyone else planning a formal wedding in the middle of the afternoon?
FYI, if this matters, it will be in the summer. The ceremony will be outside but the reception will be indoors in airconditioning.
Post # 3
I recently went to a wedding w/ the same timeline and it didn’t end til 11pm. It was a formal event as well since it was held @ a golf course. The only difference is it was a Sunday event instead of a Saturday.
I don’t think that it will be an issue since it will be in the summer. I like the idea of having an after-party so ppl will not fill obligated to stay all night.
Post # 4
We are having the same time line as you are pretty much, getting married (VR) in a park, so ours will be a casual affair with a buffet and stuff. We are not doing a cocktail hour or anything, Its going to be when we kiss we want people to get up on stage and dance with us to Praise You from Fat Boy Slim…
But that being said, it sounds like mine is a whole different vibe than yours… Maybe you can put on the invitation “semi-formal attire” or something like that? Or “business casual” depending on how formal you REALLY want to be.
Just a thought!
Post # 5
I think your timing is perfect, no worries. Most people put on the on the invites or have inserts about the reception details. I see “Dinner to follow ceremony” frequently. And yes if you want formal attire you can put that on the reception info card or on a website as semi-formal attire recommended or black tie. As a frequent guest to many weddings, I appreciate the information put out there. It keeps me from guessing on what to wear, food options etc.
Post # 6
this is exactly the same wedding as i am having. mine is a tiny bit later…
ceremony at 2pm, 2.30 ish we will have strawberrries and champagne, photos will then be taken, then dinner at 4.00 til whenever……
the wedding will officially be over by 7.00 ish but anyone that wants to stay is more than welcome. we might go to town to a couple of bars if there are guests that want to, but if not and they all go home……..early night……
i was worried how it wil all go, but we have a very small wedding off just 22 people, and with the best will in the world, you cant get a party started with 22 people, so we just want a small and beautiful wedding. its also in the summer, and the ceremony is outside, so hoping for great weather so that we can hang out in the hotels lovely gardens…..
our invites say…….
Ceremony at 2pm, with reception to follow
so that people know they are invited to both, and that they are in the same venue.