(Closed) Morning Ceremony – so how do I leave?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MadameLady: I went to an “early afternoon” wedding and the bride and groom had a “send off” with a classic car.

They had us all throw flower petals (I think) while they made their getaway. They then went and took a bunch more pictures before coming back to the hotel for their “wedding night”.

All the guests continued the party at a local bar. Funnily enough, the bride ended up calling me around 9pm because they wanted to keep hanging out after their photos and “wedding night” wrapped up.

 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

I would have a ‘send off’.  You don’t have to use flowers or rice, if you don’t want to, although, that would be fun.  I’ve seen guests line up to make an aisle and cheer the couple through – I’ve also seen that done where they make a bridge (much like a kids soccer game) and the couple runs underneath (although, this could be way too cumbersome if you have a big dress!).

Have a car waiting for you and take off from there.  No one will expect you to come back and everyone will know you are ‘gone’ for your honeymoon!

I also may be super clear on the invites and/or wedding website about the events of the wedding.  The more clear you can be about the events of the wedding, the better, since it’s a bit of an untraditional format.  The clarity will help your guests know what to expect – which will help them avoid any disappointment from expecting to have a longer or different post-ceremony reception.

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you hire a professional photographer, usually he/she does the bossing around. So he’ll tell all the guests to get in front of the church for your sendoff or whatever.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would hope no matter how far people travelled to be at your wedding they wouldn’t think you guys would want to hang out after the wedding. The welcome event is a nice enough gesture for out of towners. If for some reason they ask just tell them you all have special plans for the rest of the evening.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MadameLady: It shouldn’t be considered rude at all. In fact, I’m a bit worried my guests will think it weird that Fiance and I are NOT having a send off.

The venue kicks us out at 10;30 and we may or may not have an after event (haven’t decided yet) but we probably won’t have a “send off” since we want to have the option of going to the after event.

Also, we aren’t going to be going on our honeymoon for a few months.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

You might change your mind when it gets closer to and actually want to be around your guests for longer. I had a friend who had a morning ceremony/early afternoon reception and they arranged for an after party (non sponsored) at a bar nearby afterwards.

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