Post # 1
So, I’ve been engaged for a while and my fiance and I are planning an early September 2013 wedding. We want to have our reception in a place that is convenient for people to attend so that we can have our large and extended family/friends all together. However, I like the idea of a smaller private ceremony in the mountains, where we’ve thought about going for our honeymoon.
Timing wise, it could work logistically to have the party in the city first, and then ask just our close family to follow us to the mountains for a day or so for the ceremony (and then let us be for our honeymoon). Obviously, this means the reception would come BEFORE the actual ceremony. Is that just completely tacky? I kind of like the idea… Should we at least get officially married by a Justice of the Peace first in order to make it official for those guests that are concerned with that (aka my older relatives)?
Any advice is welcome!
Post # 3
On the one hand…you can do whatever you want. It’s your celebration.
But on the other hand… I do think it’s a little…weird.
The JOP idea isn’t a bad one, if you’re open to that.
Post # 4
We kind of had something like this – we got married in the middle of a hockey game. So our reception kind of went on the whole time. When guests arrived at the venue, the could have apps & drinks in our reception room, watch the game,mingle.. We did a “first look” with me & the girls arriving at the reception after the guests and guys. Then it was announced for everyone to their seats in the arena because the ceremony would begin shortly. After the ceremony, it was back to the reception where the dinner/cake/etc was served. After the game guests were invited to skate on the ice.
The timeline was different than most weddings, the venue was different. Ultimately, the wedding is yours. Do what makes you happy! 🙂