- West Coast Bride
- 13 years ago
- Wedding: May 2009
We’ve gone back and forth on this SO MANY TIMES! Some times I feel like the formality is valuable, because I want to be able to eat during dinner and I know older people really appreciate them. Other times, I remember how awkward and formal they can be and the fact that West Coast Groom thinks its a ridiculous idea, and I hate them! Ok, so really it isn’t US going back and forth, just me. Save me from myself!
We’re getting married at my Mum’s house, and inviting only family and a few close friends to the ceremony. We’re serving cocktails and appies from 2:30-4:30pm between the ceremony and the reception, and the remaining guests who weren’t invited to the ceremony will be arriving at 4:30pm with dinner served at 5:00pm. Our plan is to only be gone taking photos for 45 minutes MAX after the ceremony so we can mix and mingle and enjoy the cocktail period with our family before the major party begins. I think this sort of low key patio drinks afternoon kind of setting is a fine way to give the majority of our guests some face time with us, but I wonder about the remaining guests who are arriving at 4:30pm. Our plan is for West Coast Groom and I to do a Welcome Toast at 4:30pm once everyone is there, but should we spend the next half hour trying to acknowledge the 15-20 people that will have just arrived?? Help!