Timing is Everything
January 24, 2014 11:21 AM Subscribe
Afternoon WeddingFilter: We're trying to work out the timing for an afternoon wedding with a reception meal, and would love your advice and experience.
posted by Miko to Human Relations (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My partner and I are planning a wedding early this summer. We've devised a plan for a (mostly) outdoor wedding with a fun, picnic style reception (we have an indoor backup plan so no worries there). Originally we had planned a ceremony at 12:30, followed by cocktails and then a picnic buffet at 1:30. Everything pretty much winding up by 4, 4:30- a summer afternoon picnic .
Complications arose. Our preferred minister can do the ceremony - but not until 2 PM, due to other commitments. We'd really like to make the switch so as to make this possible. But this causes me some confusion about the rest of the afternoon. If we do ceremony at 2, then cocktails and 2:30, meal at 3:00 ...isn't that weird? It's either too early or too late for most people to think of eating. Maybe I'm wrong about that and people will adjust their schedules. Of course we could shift the whole thing to evening, but in fact we wanted to avoid a supper/evening reception partly due to cost , partly because "picnic" is the vision, and partly because we want to be able to enjoy the beautiful setting in daylight.
I'd like to hear your suggestions for working around this and still doing something as close to what we had envisioned as possible. We can certainly make some pre-ceremony snacks available for people arriving between 1:00-2:00, for instance. What other things do we need to keep in mind?Do you think guests would just be overly weirded out to sit down to a big picnic lunch at, like 2:30 or 3:00? You wouldn't think a move of 90 minutes would cause such a kerfuffle but it really does start to fall awkwardly in the day.
Thanks for any ideas you have, and on afternoon wedding timing in general!