Post # 1
I have my heart set on August 21st for my wedding because it was the date that my grandparents got married. (and they were married for over 50 years) but the venue in which I want to get married, a small chapel…is already booked from 11am-10pm.
Option #1) Have our ceremony in the AM- with a 10am start time. We’re on a limited budget for our wedding, and it’s going to be small. I would be open to having a breakfast/lunch buffet in a ballroom after the ceremony, but it would be an awkward time to have dancing, etc. So, basically…it’d be a small ceremony and a meal
Option #2) The same as option 2, but with a night reception as well as the breakfast- my only fear here, is that nobody will stick around for the reception. This would require extending the time with the photographer, which would almost double the photography expense.
Option #3) Find an alternative date that the chapel is available in the evening and plan a night reception – the most standard plan for all weddings.
Option #4) Keep searching for another venue to keep the date on August 21st.
Post # 3
What if you do the wedding in the morning at the chapel and provide a breakfast for the guests…then plan some fun group activities during the day, then host an informal after party that night for anyone who wants to come? The fact that the after party would be informal means that you would save on decorations and stuff and have dancing and finger foods.
Post # 4
I think this is a lovely way to honor your grandparents and their 50 year marriage!
Personally if it were me and I had a date with such sentimental value as this one seems to have for you, I would either go with option 1 (FH and I aren’t big dancers so that wouldn’t really bother me, plus it would be budget friendly if your trying to save) or option 4 and try to find a new venue.
Good luck and welcome to the hive
Post # 5
How important is it to you that you get married in that chapel? I think I would pick option 4 and find another venue.
Post # 6
I’d go with either option 1 or option 4…depending on whether it’s more important for you to have an evening ceremony vs having it in the chapel.
Something completely informal in the evening like what JamaicaBride suggested could work too, but I wouldn’t plan the ceremony for the morning and the reception for the evening. If you were a good friend or family, I’d probably stay even if you did that…but I’d be annoyed because I’d feel like I had to stay. If you do something informal/after partyish in the evening, people won’t feel as obligated to stay so if they do stay it’s cuz they want to.
Post # 7
Thank you ladies for your advice. I’m starting to think that the best option would be this:
10am: Ceremony w/ Close Family & Friends at chapel
11:00: Breakfast Gathering (Plated or Buffet) at Ballroom within Hotel
8:00pm: Informal Reception w/ DJ or band and beer 🙂
Also- when should we cut the cake? Also in the a.m. with breakfast? (yummy with coffee!)