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Just Said Yes May 2021

Possibly planning an early afternoon reception - helpp!!

Neish, on January 9, 2020 at 5:30 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 11
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Possibly planning an early afternoon reception on a Saturday- helpp!! We are looking at a venue that we love but to save money we would have to do an early afternoon reception - cocktail hour at 12 pm followed by full reception at 1 pm. We are planning to have our ceremony at our home church which is about 20-25 minutes away (driving) from our venue ...but I'm not sure of timeline. Does that mean we should have a 10 am ceremony? Is that too early? I can't make sense of this and would appreciate help/thoughts. Thanks!

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    How long of a ceremony are you planning on? Ours was only 20 minutes.

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  • Kathryn
    Rockstar August 2020
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    We're having our ceremony at 11:30, so I think it depends on how early you want the ceremony to be. And how long your ceremony is.
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  • Caitlin
    Dedicated September 2021
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    BRUNCH BRUNCH BRUNCH. Yessss!
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  • Vicky
    Super January 2020
    Vicky ·
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    Gaps are rude, so you should have your ceremony at 11 or 11:30 and roll straight into cocktail hour, taking into consideration any travel time between ceremony and reception venues.

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  • N
    Just Said Yes May 2021
    Neish ·
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    We're hoping to have a ceremony that isn't longer than 45 minutes max.


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  • N
    Just Said Yes May 2021
    Neish ·
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    Hmm gotcha. I agree about the gaps thing. I'm thinking of asking my venue to push back the cocktail hour to 12:30 pm and shorten the actual reception with starting at 1:30 pm (meaning a 3.5 hour reception as opposed to 4 hours)...is that enough time for an actual reception?


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  • N
    Just Said Yes May 2021
    Neish ·
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    Woohoo! I'm seeing that brunch receptions are actually a thing!


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  • N
    Just Said Yes May 2021
    Neish ·
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    Yeah, I don't think I want my ceremony to earlier than 11 am if I can help it. I hope to discuss further with my venue.


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  • Caitlin
    Dedicated September 2021
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    Yes. One of the most memorable weddings I have been to had a brunch reception and it was DELICIOUS. Fluffy pancakes, waffles, bacon, eggs, sausage, whole fruit / fruit salad, breakfast casseroles, muffins/bagels, cereals, granola and a toppings bar! It was amazing.
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  • M
    Devoted September 2019
    Meaghan ·
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    Yes, a brunch reception sounds so good to me! I would love that as a guest!
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  • Catherine
    VIP November 2019
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    I would say have your ceremony no more than an hour before cocktail hour. if you plan on having a shorter ceremony then you won't need much time between. our ceremony started at 3 (started a few late) and we were in cocktail hour by 3:30

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