(Closed) Mid-afternoon Formal wedding?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1637 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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.

Good Luck!!!

Post # 4
836 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012


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. 

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