(Closed) What time is the reception??

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am not sure I can help with the timeline too much.  But if I was a guest, I think it would be akward to start the party (eating dinner) without the bride and groom. Couldn’t you have your ceremony from 1-2. Guests can find something to do between 2-4 or it could be the time that guests play washer and horseshoe games.  Cocktail hour to start at 4. You and your wedding party arrive at 5pm and  dinner is served around 5:30.

Post # 4
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are having a served dinner too, my ceremony is at 2 cocktail hour isn’t until 5, I really could care less what people do inbetween. That’s just how it goes, i’ve been to plenty of weddings with gaps. I don’t think you should let them eat ahead, and just run in and cut the cake, that will take away a little bit from the dinner I think. I think you should serve the dinner when you want. They’ll figure out what to do for a couple hours

Post # 5
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I like the washers and horseshoes idea, that sounds like fun!  Maybe you could provide a list of things to do in town with directions to guests from out of town so they have some guidance on what to do with that free time.

Post # 6
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

It would be nice to arrange for a few differnet options for your guests. Maybe write them a nice note in the program or welcome packet saying “we understand you will have 2 hours to kill after the ceremony and we ahve provided horseshoe games or there are these nearby sights you could travel to” etc.

As a frequent wedding guest, I prefer to have some ‘personal time’ if there is a gap in between the ceremony and reception. I absolutely don’t mind going to my hotel room and watching TV or sitting at the nearest bar. Usually guests who feel like being social will all gravitate to the same location as a group.

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