Post # 1
First, thanks to those who posted to help me get excited about planning this thing.
Second, okay, I’m starting to get a bit of a feel for the KIND of wedding I want.
Casual with cocktails involved.
My FH suggested a cocktail reception with a short wedding in the middle. Start time 2, ceremony 3, go till 5.
Like everyone milling around with their drinks, then we gather people for the brief ceremony, then back to drinking and snacks. Have couple inquiries into venues. I’m not too interested in anything but people having a good time and celebrating with us. I want a wedding, even a non traditional one. not just a party.
Here are my questions:
-Anyone else been to or done anything like this?
-I don’t want to do Saturday – I want Sunday afternoon. Too weird?
-Any suggestions on how to involve my kids (6 & 9) in something like this?
-It’s likely to be about 100 people and children (part of the reason for the early hour), any pitfalls you can think of?
Post # 2
I’m not sure I’ll be much help with most of these questions but I have been to a short, very tiny intimate wedding and it was lovely. There was about 30 or so of us and it was in a restaurant in an old building. The ceremony was upstairs in this loft area and then we all had dinner in the main dining area.
As far as Sunday no that’s not weird at all! There are no rules to when a wedding has to be, for example we’re doing a Friday. As long as it ends early enough that people won’t be out late for school and work Monday morning (which it sounds like you’re doing) it will be fine!
As far as your children you could include them in the unity ceremony for example having their own color sand if you were to do that, or including them in your vows.
I can’t think of any pitfalls at the moment as long as it ends early enough for everyone to go home and rest for a Monday morning. Some guests may be perturbed that they cannot drink if they have work in the am but that is a minor thing.
Post # 3
I’m doing something somewhat similiar, but much smaller (less than 30 guests total). One way to incorporate kids is to have some family pictures displayed at a sign in table or maybe around a cake table. Depending on if you wanted to have this as part of your ceremony, you could have the kids stand up with you and FH as you say your vows to each other.