Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married for the second time around. We both want a casual affair. The wedding is planned for May and we want the ceremony to be held at sunset but we don’t want our guests to starve. What we were thinking was to start the reception before the ceremony. We are having a pig roast and casual meal, then thinking of having the ceremony, then music and fun afterward. What are people’s opinions?
Post # 3
go for it! i’ve seen weddings with the cocktail hour before the ceremony. i’ve never heard of someone doing the meal first, but i think it’s a good idea!
Post # 4
I say do what you feel is right! If you are worried about people starving do the dinner first!
Post # 5
I think it is a great idea! I have been to New Year’s Eve dinner party that turned into a wedding. We had a wonderful time.
Post # 6
One of our local venues does Full Moon weddings where dinner is served before the ceremony. http://www.wellersweddings.com/pages/body_full_moon_weddings.htm
Here is the schedule from their website
3:15 pm- “Keeping Room” open to prepare for Ceremony
4:15 pm- Decorate Rooms are opened 3 hours prior to hors. Flowers and cakes may be set up then.
7:15 pm – Bar Opens Allow Six hours from time bar opens
7:15 pm- Hors Served Allow 30-45 minutes. Note: It is not necessary to have appetizers.
7:50 pm- Seat for Dinner Allow 20 minutes
8:10 pm- Toast and or Prayer Allow 5 minutes
8:15 pm- Dinner; Allow 45 minutes to one hour
9:15 pm- Ushers escort guests to ceremony grounds.
10:00 pm- Ceremony Time Allow 30 minutes
10:30 pm- Cake Cutting after the ceremony
10:00 pm – Dancing starts after the ceremony in the Gazebo Pavilion or in banquet room
10:00 pm- Bridal Dance with Bride an Father Allow 15 minutes.
1:15 pm – Bar Closes
1:45 pm- Room Vacated 6 hrs after opens. Allow 1/2 hour for clearing of room.
Post # 7
I’m so happy to hear we aren’t totally crazy! We really want to be relaxed and actually enjoy our time and our family this time! The event will be outside and at the same location so I’m hoping everything will blend nicely! We are coming from bad first weddings and first marriages! We are laid back and we want the whole event to truly be a celebration and enjoyable instead of stressful! And of course we don’t want rumbling stomachs!
And thank you smith207!! That is wonderful and very helpful!!
Post # 8
I would just do your cocktail hour before the ceremony, and save the dinner for afterwards. The sun sets early enough in May that waiting until afterwards won’t be too late for dinner. I think you should be able to enjoy your dinner with your guests and you won’t be able to do that if you are stressing out about the upcoming ceremony.
Post # 9
According to the US naval sunset prediction, if we keep to the 21st we’re looking at sunset being at 9:00pm
Post # 10
Wouldn’t have considered that- but if I were a guest I would think it was fine. Actually it would be really nice!