“Join us in the celebration of marriage between
Sara Smith & Ryan Brown
Ceremony – 1:00 PM
Dinner – 6:00 PM
Dance – 8:00 PM”What happens between 2:00 and 6:00 ???
You know the wedding party will be taking photos, bar-hopping, or whatever else the wedding party does before dinner, but what about your guests? If your reception does not immediately follow the ceremony, you will want to consider giving your guests something to do while they wait for you (especially if you have a lot of out-of-town guests).
The first place you will want to check is if your reception hall will allow you send your guests there before dinner. You might want to consider hosting an hors d’ oeuvre and cocktail reception at or near the same place you are having your meal. Food and drinks will keep your guests happy.
If your reception hall will not be able to accommodate an early arrival of guests, check out local bars or restaurants that have a large space to accommodate your guests. It is nice to have a place where food and drinks can be provided for your guest, whether you pay for them or not.
You should consider giving your guests an activity to do while they wait. Choose activities based on your crowd: decks of cards, yard games, music, coloring books, or just alcohol will do in some cases.
If you’re having a destination wedding, you may want to consider putting together a list of things for guests to do in the hours in between. Here in Charleston, so many people get married downtown and there are several things your guests can do to pass the time.
Just one more way to make your big day even better ❤
** In my honest opinion, I would try to avoid splitting up your ceremony and reception as much as possible. It makes it easier on all your guests and keep in mind, many of these people have traveled to see you so try and give them that opportunity. **