(Closed) Thoughts on evening wedding timing?? (A little long, sorry)

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@hoogirl05:

Depending on the age of your guests and how far they’re traveling from, 8ish might be a bit too late to start?

I’m doing the same thing, but in Massachusetts there are all sorts of wonky laws about serving alcohol.  We’re starting at 6, cocktail hour at 6:30 or so, and reception from 7:30 to 11 (you can’t cater booze after 11 unless the building has a liquor license or something silly. So we’re having an afterparty at the hotel bar. 

 If you’ve mentioned on the invitation that its hours d’oeuvres and cocktails only, people should get the idea – plus as long as your food is plentiful, people can still be satisfied without a 3 course meal.  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think 8pm is late, esp. for grandparents and travelers.

I say 6:30 or 7, most people eat between 5:30-6:30 in my opinion, and people can plan in advance or eat a light earlier dinner! Just make sure to make it known that you will not be serving a meal/dinner. Cocktail Reception Immediately to Follow.Do you think your ceremony is really going to be a whole hour long or you just “approximating”? Just an example mine has been timed about 20-25min and thats just for a ceremony reading, no extras like a communion or parent readings/prayers.

Best of Luck to you!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@hoogirl05:

Haha – my venue handed me 2 pages of all of the state rules about liquor – some of them are bizarre.  For example, if we wanted to buy the alcohol ourselves and just hire a friend of a friend to bartend for us, we could do beer and wine, but not hard liquor.  Why? I doooont know.

the MR requested pizza – so the cocktail reception thing is actually a compromise for us and turns out to be the best of both worlds.   Its cheaper than a 3 course meal, its MUCH less waste (have you ever watched how many untouched salads go back to a kitchen during a wedding to get dumped in the trash? that kind of thing is horrifying to me), and we can have a HUGE variety to make all of our picky people, vegetarians, pescetarians, vegans, etc happy (much better than “circle one : chicken or beef”)   … and then about half an hour before everything wraps up, pizza delivery!!  So I get my glamorous cocktail reception, and he gets his pizza, and we stay within our budget. 

Have you picked out your hours d’oeurves?

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