Post # 1
So I have a bit of a dilemma. Most of our guests should arrive at our reception venue, which is a restaurant, around 5 p.m. We’ll be doing wedding photos after the ceremony and those should last around an hour. So I think that we’ll be at the reception by 6-6:30 p.m. We’re doing heavy hors’doeuvres instead of a dinner.
Here’s my problem. The restaurant has bands that regularly play there, so we didn’t need to worry about music. But, I just realized that the band doesn’t start playing until 8 p.m. I’m trying to see if the restaurant will let us play an ipod until 8 p.m. and then the band will start playing and there’s an area for people to dance.
Does this sound like a bad reception waiting to happen?
Post # 3
Do you have anything planned between 6-8? I ask that, because if guests are arriving at 5pm and the band won’t start up til 8pm, that’s basically a 3-hour cocktail party. I think if you arrive and have a set schedule (like first dances, cake cutting, etc.) then it will flow well into the 8pm band. You might also make sure that the guests know there is a band, or else they might just nosh on appetizers and then leave.
Post # 4
I haven’t figured out the whole timeline for the reception after we arrive yet. I’m thinking about having lighter hors’doeuvres set out before we get there, that way ppl haven’t filled up on everything before we even arrive.
That makes sense. Thanks for the advice! I’m just nervous about people thinking badly of our reception. 🙂
Post # 5
Did you state on your invitation hors’ doeuvres or are they expecting dinner? Also, at your cocktail tables, you could have a short blurb about the events of the night. Does that make sense? Similar to someone providing a menu. You could right a poem about what to expect: cake, first dance, band and dancing.