Post # 1
So I want an evening wedding at 7 pm. Is 8pm to late to have a reception that is only 15 min away? My fiance thinks that it might be. But to me that is not that late. We are planning on serving dinner! What do you girls think?
Post # 3
Is your wedding on a Friday or Saturday? If so, I think this is pretty normal or at least OK? I wouldn’t mind driving the 15 min to get to the party and dinner and dancing or whatever you have planned.
I say go for it!
Post # 4
We plan on having a 7pm wedding with a reception 20-25 minutes away that starts at 8 and ends at 10. We are only serving heavy appitizers and dessert with a very limited beer and wine selection.
The only thing I would worry about is the dinner. Most people would have eaten at least something light before the wedding, so they may not want a full dinner and then the food goes to waste. But as long as you put on the invite that dinner will be served, everyone will know to plan accordingly.
Post # 5
we had a 6:15 ceremony, 7 pm cocktail hour, and then the reception started at 8 pm. we had a ton of food starting at the 7 pm cocktail hour….no one complained, I think it is good to do a night wedding because it doesn’t interfere with the guests entire day….our reception went until midnight and I think only 2 people left earlier than that? The only thing I would be concerned with is the time of year. ours was in april, so it got dark right around the start of the wedding. summertime obviously gets dark much later. Just something to consider in regards to pictures!
Post # 6
We have to have a 7 PM ceremony with an 8 PM reception too. All the weddings that I have ever been to always start around 4-5 PM and then serve a full meal, so I agonized about what to do for the reception because it just seems so late and I don’t know what to serve! We finally decided for time and money reasons to do an appetizer, cake, and cocktails reception. We plan on eating a light supper with our bridal party and such around 6 and we figure that our guests will want to eat at their normal meal time too.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2020 - Auberge du Soleil
We went to a 7pm wedding at it was just fine. All the guests just made sure to have a late lunch or light snack before the ceremony. Just remember to feed your wedding party shortly before the ceremony (espeically the guys!) and if you have a cocktails and hor dorves before the dinner I would count a little extra than normal to make up for those guests who might not have thought ahead…
Post # 8
Thanks to all you wonderful Bee’s for all the help. I hope I don’t "bug" you ladies to much. After a lotof talking and a lot of research and your wonderful words we are going with a 7 o’clock wedding and 8 o’clock reception. Okay all that down. Now what is on the list. Where to start? Ugh. One day at a time right ladies. Again thanks for all the help!!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
I’d be most worried about people getting tired and leaving around 10… that’s only a 2 hour reception! Also, check with venues… they might have overtime charges for receptions that run past midnight. It’s not late for people our age, but might be a little late for our parents and grandparents.
Post # 10
I had a 6pm ceremony, 7pm cocktail hour, and 8pm-midnight reception. Your guests will realize (once they get the invitation) that they most likley need to have a late lunch and will plan accordingly. And you know your guests best – my family/friends are partiers and I knew they’d all stay till midnight. But, like Mrs. Penguin said, if you have lots of older folks, they may leave early.
Post # 11
I did not think of the pictures. Good one! And all our family are party people so that is sort of the reason for later times. But still you just worry about. I am sure the grandparents will not stay late. But other then that everyone will stay I think. Thanks again for all the help!! Oh and all the information about needing to make sure they know it is a late wedding/reception.