Stuck on plans, help! (Long lol)

posted 1 year ago in Reception
Post # 2
7413 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Honestly I would choose a nice restaurant to have lunch, maybe somewhere with a private room, and hire an officiant to come perform the marriage ceremony there, rather than leaving it all up to luck.  With that many people, you NEED a reservation for lunch, and you can’t control City Hall’s timeline, so just cut City Hall out of the picture.  

Post # 3
119 posts
Blushing bee

Ok deep breath Bee! 


You are right you should have a defined plan for your wedding, don’t just wing it, sorry but you Fiance is wrong on that score 😊

Why not book a time far enough in advance that you are sure you are going to make it. Then you can plan a fun silly in between activity that you could do or skip depending on what time you get out.

So if you booked for 1pm and get there at 9, if you are the 15 couple and it’s taking a long time for each you will still have several hours to give the place a heads up about the time change. If you get out super early have another activity based on what you like, maybe Champaign toasts and some informal park pictures or mini-golf or city tour for out of town guests. If you get to them great but could also be skipped if needed. Then have your formal sit down meal exactly as you want it without stress.


good luck Bee


Post # 4
28 posts

I would either go with a park, or have at the same location as the lunch reception. This would be way to stressful for a timeline, you could be standing around the court house for hours. If it was just you and Fiance that would be ok but you can’t ask your whole group to do that. I’m surprised they don’t do it by appointment, but since they don’t I would pick somewhere that I could make firm plans.

Post # 5
47189 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

aushi :  I would arrive at the courthouse early to ensure that your ceremony can be conducted that day. I would make a reservation at the restaurant of your choice at whatever time you want to eat lunch.

After the wedding and before lunch, I would take pictures, take your family sightseeing, whatever is necessary to fill time. Check to see what sightseeing opportunities are available that don’t require booking ahead.

If you get an early ceremony, most likely you can phone the restaurant and have your reservation changed to an earlier time, if you want. They are always happy to have larger groups come in before the lunch time rush.

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