(Closed) Newbie needs advice

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What time is your ceremony (and if you don’t have specifics, then is it morning, afternoon, evening)?

As far as it being a “dry” wedding, only you know your guests and whether or not they’ll be upset.

If I went to one, I would NOT be upset.  I very much understand and respect a bride and groom’s budget and/or beliefs, and I’m there to support THEM.  And anyway, I’d rather it be a dry reception than one with a cash bar.

With that said, we served beer and wine at ours.

Post # 5
25 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

A gap between the ceremony and reception isn’t too bad. I would say no more than 1 – 1.5 hours. If your guests are all dressed up and there isn’t much to do in the immediate area it might be awkward to pass the time. Perhaps some sort of guest game or advice book to pass the time would be nice.

If the gap is due to pictures you could consider doing a private first showing with your bridal party before the ceremony and do pictures then. 

I wouldn’t worry about a dry wedding because of your reasons. I think that the day is ultimately about the couple and your families so no need to stress about that. 

In terms of timing for dinner: don’t worry about if it’s too early. Your guests will know in advance what time you plan to serve dinner, they can portion out their meals accordingly that day – no problem.  Just make sure you have plenty of time to get ready the morning of to be ready for your 2pm ceremony.

One last piece of advice: I don’t know how picky you are about photos, but make sure you talk to your photographer (if you’re going to have one) about lighting. Afternoon weddings run the risk of casting a lot of shadows on faces bc of where the sun is in the sky. If that is something that concerns you (some brides don’t care too much about those details) you want to make sure your photographer is skilled enough to catch the right angles without shadows on your face.  

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