Post # 1
We are having a church ceremony that will be starting at 10:30 AM and lasting around 30-45 minutes. Our brunch reception will be held after the ceremony at a nearby hotel.
We were thinking of having a little coffee/tea/water station set up at the ceremony for guests to help themselves to.
Is this something that would be appreciated? Or is it kind of unnecessary for the length of time they will be there?
Post # 2
alexam : I would provide refreshments, at the very least have water available.
Post # 3
I think it would be nice to provide refreshments. We had our bar open before our ceremony (ceremony/reception in same ballroom) and a lot of people got drinks before the wedding. It was definitely appreciated.
Post # 4
Refreshments are alwasy a good idea! They can enjoy a coffee before, or water after. It is a nice gesture/act. Very considerate.
Post # 5
alexam : omg that would be amazing! I would totally appreciate coffee or tea to enjoy during the ceremony.
Post # 6
Yes, it would be considerate, but I would check with your church to make sure it is okay. They may not allow beverages in the church.
Post # 7
Great idea, but many churches won’t allow drinks in the sanctuary, so of course check that out.
Post # 8
alexam : so long as the church allows it that would be lovely! Definitely not required or expected though. I went to an outdoor fall wedding in New England once and they had hot apple cider (virgin and spiked) for people before/during the ceremony and it was a big hit.
Post # 9
Thank you everyone!
We will actually be having our ceremony in the atrium of the church (the sanctuary is wayyy to big for the number of guests we will be having, and the atrium has a lot of windows for natural light), so drinks should be fine. They have drinks and donuts set up in the atrium every Sunday.
Post # 10
It’s a nice idea, but not really necessary. Water of course is always a good idea to have available, but coffee, tea and/or any kind of snacks will quite possibly just go to waste if you are going straight from the ceremony to the reception site without any hang-around time at the church.
Are you anticipating people showing up particularly early with the intention of mingling before the ceremony? Or intending to have people hang around the church for more than half an hour after it ends? If so, then drinks and snacks would probably not go to waste, but if not I just don’t see thet point.
With regard to any kind of obligation, I don’t believe there is generally any expectation of refreshments at or during the ceremony for most weddings.
Post # 11
We will have an open bar (non-alcoholic drinks included) prior to our 11:30am ceremony since we are getting married in the same building. I think it’s nice and gives people a reason to mingle alittle prior to the ceremony.
Post # 12
There’s no obligation (of course), but a tray of small snacks (mini pastries?) and coffee/tea/ water will be appreciated, especially if those items can be moved to your brunch site immediately afterward or used later the same day by the church.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2019 - City, State
I am doing that. They call it a hydration station. I am going to have beverage dispensers with infused water in each because my ceremony is outdoors in the summer so I would think people would appreciate a light refreshment as such. I do not think you need to provide all tea and coffee and water though so maybe just choose one or two of those.
Post # 14
We did this for any guests who might arrive early. It’s not obligatory unless you know you will be having people waiting around.
Post # 15
It’s nice but certainly not necessary.