Kristen
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Daytime wedding reception? Thoughts?

Kristen, on October 12, 2018 at 5:18 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 14
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Hello everyone! I toured a beautiful historic mansion for our ceremony site and reception and I fell in love! I’m so in love with this site that I woke up in the middle of the night in a panic thinking that I wouldn’t be able to get married there. It’s over our budget. To have a Saturday night wedding it’s $165/pp and it’s a 100 person minimum. To have a Saturday daytime wedding (must be over by 4pm) it’s $135/pp 100 person minimum. So now I am leaning towards the daytime because it’s in our budget but I’m worried that it will have that “brunch” feel and I really don’t want that. I talked to the venue owner about that and they said they have had some awesome fun daytime receptions and they can put shades up to make it feel darker in the room so it’s not awkward daylight dancing. I’m still unsure because I really love the evening reception feelSmiley sad Has anyone been to a daytime reception where it was fun and dancing? Any ideas/suggestions on what to do after the reception? My heart is breaking imagining not having the wedding of my dreams here.

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Latest activity by firstoneat56, on October 13, 2018 at 6:08 AM
  • Rachel
    VIP September 2018
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    Would a Friday or Sunday reception be an option? I wouldn't want to be rushed out of the space at 4pm and you would have to start hair/makeup and photos hellishly early. If the early start doesn't bother you, I don't see the problem. I would say lean into the brunch-y time and have mimosas and bellinis!!

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  • Kristen
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    Kristen ·
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    Thank you for you’re response, Rachel!Smiley smile I mentioned it to come people and they were already complaining about Friday traffic and having to take off work. As for Sunday I would be worried if people would worry about getting home to go to bed for work and that would totally ruin the fun because I want my guests to have a blast worry-free. I don’t mind getting up early for that stuff I probably would be so anxious to wake up that morningSmiley smile if I was to do brunch then as long as there is fun and dancing I am happy
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  • L
    Beginner December 2018
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    I am going to an afternoon wedding later this month. They are having an after party bar crawl so their wedding will become an all day affair.

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  • Kristen
    Savvy April 2021
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    That sounds like fun! That’s what the venue owner recommended me to do, there is even a brewery nearby which sounds like fun tooSmiley smile
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  • Maricarmen
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    Idk how much significance your date has but what about trying for a Sunday wedding that has the next day as a holiday? Like Labor Day weekend? Something to think about. But I know what you been about not having the wedding of your dreams. Like the PP said you can make it an all day affair! You get to wear your dress longer 🙂
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  • Kristen
    Savvy April 2021
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    Hi thereSmiley smile yes that is a great idea! And my date is actually the weekend after Memorial Day! But here’s the downside...I have some family members that always have plans like going to the beach or going to the Jersey Shore for holiday weekends so I know that would be an inconvenience to themSmiley sad and I def don’t want any drama. But I would have absolutely loved that idea! I wish people weren’t so weird about going away on those holidays
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  • Maricarmen
    Expert September 2019
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    Oh yes I understand! Gosh maybe go for it! Have an afternoon wedding and continue the party elsewhere after 4! Have your dream wedding in your dream venue! Hey who said dancing in the daylight is wrong? 😊
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  • Kristen
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    Hahaha yes! I could literally dance anywhere at anytime of day I’m just worried about guests thinking it’s weird dancing in broad daylight but good thing the venue said they could put up shades 🤗
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  • firstoneat56
    Master August 2017
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    My wedding was on a Sunday from 3pm - 9pm. It was early enough for people to get home in plenty of time for work the next day and late enough that we didn’t have to get up st the crack of dawn and it still had that evening feel. The meal was still dinner but it was served at 5. We had a 75 minute cocktail hour before dinner. Dancing and dessert were from 6-9. The room where we had dancing and dessert was on the lower level with no windows so it had a clubby vibe. Everyone danced and drank like it was Saturday night. My MOH is a nurse and she starts her work day very early so she just took that Monday off. If you can do a Sunday around 2 or 3pm, I’d go with that.
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  • firstoneat56
    Master August 2017
    firstoneat56 ·
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    Wanted to add: If you have your heart set on this venue, see what the price is for a Saturday night in the off season.
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  • Kristen
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    Kristen ·
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    Hi there, thank you so much for your reply! It was very helpful! My dad just suggested a Sunday as well. But here is my biggest concern for a Sunday, we have about 20 out of state guests. Would it be inconvenient/inconsiderate that they may have to take off work that Monday ? I don’t want to stress anyone out. What is your opinion?
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  • Kenisha
    Champion June 2019
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    We’re having a brunch wedding complete with a waffle bar & a mimosa bar!

    Then we’ll be having an after party so it’s going to be an all day party.

    I cant wait.

    So I’m obviously all for an afternoon wedding 💒

    Good luck 🍀
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  • Tracey & Dr. Julian
    Devoted August 2019
    Tracey & Dr. Julian ·
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    I have been to a morning wedding. It’s all about your budget and preference. Your guest will enjoy no matter what time of the day it is
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  • firstoneat56
    Master August 2017
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    We also had a lot of OOT guests. If your wedding is on a Saturday, they will have to take Friday off, so one way or another, they have to take a day off if they’re flying. All our OOT guests came. They were almost all my husband’s family (his brothers, their SOs and their kids (who are adults), and we are all very close so they wouldn’t have considered not coming. Even our friends from Florida came in (we are in NY).

    You up won’t be stressing anyone out. They can either make it or they can’t. They will have plenty of notice if you send a Save The Date.
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