(Closed) Slightly unorthodox reception idea – do you think it would work?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Will this unorthodox order of events work?
    No, you're just going to confuse your guests. : (15 votes)
    41 %
    Yes, since you are still having a small reception after the ceremony. : (14 votes)
    38 %
    Yes, having the ceremony following the brunch makes perfect sense. : (8 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
    118 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I think this is a great idea.  I love brunch too and I agree that getting married at 8:30 would not be ideal.  My only suggestion is maybe simplify your cake and champagne reception.  People may not want to stick around much longer after the ceremony. 

    Besides that I LOVE this idea and I am kinda sad I didn’t read this before we booked!  What a great way to save money and still get all the “traditional” (dances, cake, toasts etc.) wedding things.

    Post # 4
    4687 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    I like the idea! Would the reception be at the same location as the ceremony? I think 7 hours is a liiiiiiiiiiiitle long.

    Post # 6
    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’d just do a 10-11 ceremony followed by brunch/cake/dancing. This sounds like a long day and a little disjointed! 

    Post # 7
    3785 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Your venue will not provide brunch food in the afternoon? Anther bee who recently posted I doing an afternoon reception with all brunch food.

    Post # 8
    738 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m having a 10:30 1/2 hour ceremony followed by a mimosa/coffee hour then brunch. I would stick to a more traditional timeline. The morning getting ready and stuff is definitely going to be tight, but doable. You want your day to have a good ‘flow’ and I don’t think splitting it up like that does. You are celebrating your marriage, so it seems weird to have the celebration before the ceremony!

    Post # 9
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I like the idea (and who doesn’t love brunch?)…gives you time to relax and enjoy your meal with the guests before the ceremony.  i like that you’ll be changing dresses too 🙂

    I think the only issues are timing/distance – just how far is it between the brunch place and the church?  If I had that nice brunch and a couple mimosas…I wouldn’t love the idea of driving an hour or more to the church….

    Also, you just need to take a look at who your guests are and if they would enjoy this or not…we have a good amount of “old school” guests who are used to the whole big Italian wedding thing (which we aren’t exactly doing, but this brunch idea and having the ceremony afterwards would cause a lot of commotion for them, and as a PP pointed out, be too “disjointed”)…and even though people say your wedding is about you/your husband (it is), I think it’s important to host your guests well and make them happy (being careful not to inconvenience them).

    good luck!

    Post # 10
    4656 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My cousin did something like what you’re saying and it was great, don’t worry about it!

    Post # 11
    8669 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    You mentioned that not all guests would be invited to the brunch. So who is invited and who isn’t? As a guest I would be a little miffed to find out that a lot of guests (so more than just immediate family) had been invited to a morning brunch reception and I had not. I also think that 10am – 5pm is a long day to ask of guests.

    The feeding guests twice thing might also be more expensive than you think. Wouldn’t it make more sense financially to just feed guests once with a brunch reception after a 10:30am ceremony.

    Post # 13
    5189 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @sweet5k:  sounds great! I don’t see how it would confuse your guests. A celebration is a celebration, whether it’s before or after you exchange vows. 

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