Post # 1
We are having a Sunday wedding in June. It will be an informal wedding at an event facility in the country. Our ceremony and reception will be at the same place…we plan for our ceremony to start at 3 and reception following immediatly after. Is this a weird time to expect people to eat? We are having a bufffet style “summer picnic lunch” with tons of food.
The reasoning behind the time is because we cant have it early because there is a wedding the night before ours and the earliest they can promise it to be cleanup and ready is 9am and that does not include decorating…so i must allow until atleaset 1pm but i want some wiggle room so i dont freak out. I dont want it to be an evening wedding either because it is on a Sunday and i think it would be rude to have a Sunday evening wedding in our case because our family lives 3 hours away and will probably go to work the next day.
I am pretty much just looking for any suggestions on a better time or jsut to be reassured that asking ppl to have a sunday sit down meal around 4pm is ok.
ps we are having a sunday wedding because we are Jewish and our rabbi lives hours away and we have to fly him in…so saturday (shabbat) is out of the question
Thanks in advance for the advice 🙂
Post # 3
I’m having a Sunday wedding too! I think it’s okay to have an early meal as long as you tell people so they are prepared for it. However, you could also have some activities in between the ceremony and meal. We’re having lawn games (croquet, bocci ball, lots of kids stuff because there will be about 20 guests under 5). Since you are already having a picnic style reception, this might be a good option for you. Also, with pictures and socializing, I think you could even push back the meal until 5 or 6 without any other activities.
Post # 4
i don’t think you need to worry about what time people eat since you are serving picnic type of food (i love the idea btw).
Post # 5
i think that’s fine, as long as people know that you’re eating at that time, because it is kind of unusual. i always like to go to weddings nice and hungry!
Post # 6
if many of your guests will have a long drive to get there, they will probbly be hungry by the time the reception starts!
Maybe you could have a cocktail hour and push dinner back an hour. You could just serve picnic related snacks and hourderves along with coolers filled with fruit infused waters and juices.
Post # 7
wow! thanks for the input ladies. I like the idea to play some garden games…pretty cool.