Post # 1
So I’ve written out our ceremony, and we know our ceremony is at the same spot as the reception (a homemade campsite) but I don’t know how to transition into the reception, and I certainly don’t know what else I’m missing. I haven’t been to a wedding in over five years and the only wedding between now and then is only a mere month before ours.
How the heck am I supposed to plan the reception, what’s supposed to be included? Is there a wedding planning for dummies out there that I’m missing?
Post # 3
If you’re planning on taking posed photos (couple, wedding party, family, etc) after the ceremony, you need to have something for your guests to do during that time. Normally this is the “cocktail hour”, but it can include appetizers and such as well/instead. If you’re not really into the appetizer/cocktail idea, I’d have something else planned for your guests to do. Could you have a campfire and set up for s’mores since it’s a campsite? I think that would be great! Whatever you do for the “cocktail hour”, you can just tell guests to head there as soon as the ceremony ends and ask family and such to stay for pics.
Once you’ve finished pictures, you should have someone usher the guests to the area where dinner will be had and then you can do a grand entrance back to the party and the reception begins! Receptions normally include announcing the couple and bridal party, the first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dance, dinner, dancing, garter and bouquet toss, and cake cutting.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
Can you break up the site into “sections”?
If you have refreshments set up in a certain spot, guests will naturally gravitate there right after the ceremony. From there you can have staff reorganize your ceremony site to be the dinner site (I’m guessing that’s what you’re doing)?
As for what to include, a wedding really only needs a bride, groom, officiant, and maybbbeee a cake 🙂 So decide what’s important for you to have at your wedding, and start from there! Will you serve dinner? If not, will the wedding be at an appropriate time so that guest can eat a meal beforehand or afterwards?
Post # 5
We’re doing pictures before, but that would be wonderful to start a fire and do a “smores hour” before starting the reception as we’ll have to set things up (well likely friends will, there isn’t any staff)… never thought of that but always loved the idea of a smores bar.
I’m still not sure how to plan anything else really. But thanks for the start!