So I got engaged a few weeks ago. Yay! We're planning to get married this fall, which it turns out is kind of short notice in terms of finding an appropriate venue. We've found one we like which is available, but due to various constraints it looks like we're going to have the ceremony around 10-11AM with a reception at 1-5PM.
I am coming around to this idea, but I'm still a bit... hesitant? Thing is, I can get my head around what a really fun evening
reception looks like. Cocktail hour, cover band, dancing, the whole nine yards. I get that. But I'm having trouble translating that to early afternoon. Cocktails (other than mimosas) don't really seem appropriate at two in the afternoon. So I'm trying to figure out what a really fun afternoon
reception looks like.
What I don't want is another dreary affair where everyone wonders when it's going to be over and why no one is serving whiskey. I've been to quite a number of those myself and don't want to contribute to the trend. But we're still very early in the planning stages, so we've got the flexibility to point this thing in any number of directions.
- We're looking at around 150-200 people, mostly friends and family. Ages range from a few infants up to a handful of octogenarians, with lots of people in the 25-35 (wedding party, siblings, friends, cousins, etc.) and 55-65 (parents, aunts/uncles, etc.) range, but only about two dozen minors.
- The venue is a converted cotton mill in a very scenic location, but we're basically talking indoors here.
- The crowd is going to be mostly fairly conservative Christians; though alcohol and dancing are definitely in the offing, we're not talking anything too
- We're open to the idea of some kind of after-party. Not only is 5PM pretty early to shut things down, but four hours isn't a huge amount of time.
So, in short: what makes for a time-appropriate, entertaining afternoon wedding reception?
, though I'm most interested in the time-appropriateness aspect here.)