Post # 1
We are interested in having an outdoor reception, but all of the parks around here say you have to be cleaned up and out of the park by 10pm. To questions:
Has anyone successfully done this? I’m a bit concerned that this would be a bit of a crunch just to get guests out by 10, not to mention getting everything picked up.
Any ideas for types of locations that might not have a 10pm end time? I’m in Iowa if that helps. I’ve looked at state, ounty and city parks, and they all seem about the same regarding the closing time.
Post # 3
@GrumpyPumpkin: My planner said that for logistics, an hour should be set aside to clean up. I think if you do your last dance at 9, make a speech thanking poeple for coming, you should have everyone out by 9:30 and you will have time to still clean up.
If you try to wait until 9:30 to get everyone out and clean up, it likely won’t happen!
Post # 4
Thanks! That’s good to know bc it’s even earlier than I would have thought!
As a guest, would you feel like you were being rushed to leave if a wedding ended by 9? Presumably people would understand that there’s nothing we can do about the fact that the park closes…?
We’ve given some consideration to going out to a bar after with some of the younger folk, but I’m worried that it’ll be a long enough day that I’d just be ready for bed.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t feel rushed. There are posters on here who are doing wedding ceremony, pictures and reception in less than 4 hours!
You might want to make it part of your itinerary for the guests however. Perhaps stating that the ceremony will begin at ___ at this location, then the reception will be held at ____ at ___park. And maybe a “Please feel free to join us at _____ (bar name)_____ at 9:30 for post-wedding drinks.” By giving your guests a clear timeline of when they are required to leave the venue so they can decide how they want to spend the rest of their night 🙂