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09-08-2012 02:04 PM #1
My FI and I have decided to have an afternoon wedding after a lot of thought. A morning ceremony
with a reception following directly afterwards will be a lot less expensive and we are paying for
this ourselves. We also have 3 nieces who will be 2, 3, and 6 and our going to be our flower
girls and our ring bearer (6 yr odl) and feel an afternoon reception will easier for them and
their parents to enjoy since we really want them there. But I don't know how to plan an afternoon
reception! I've only ever been to evening weddings. I also worked in catering but also only
evening receptions. We are serving a full meal, which will most likely start around 1ish. What
kind of food does one serve for a lunch reception? Should we have a DJj becuase people will still
dance at an afternoon reception? Our guest list is about 50/50 people in their 20s and people in
their 50s and older so I am not sure if that makes any difference. My mom can't really help me
plan because her wedding was a mass followed by dinner in my aunt's basement and his parent's are
divorced and had a wedding similar to my parents for all of their weddings.
09-08-2012 02:05 PM #2
My sister had a 10:30am wedding with a noon-5 reception. She had filet of beef carved at your
table (among other options) full open bar, dj,dancing. the whole nine yards. It was exactly the
same as an evening wedding except it was during the day.
It was awesome. Everyone stayed to the end (well 60% continued on to the after party) but really
it was no different than a night wedding.
Most weddings I attended where day weddings. All had full meals (most sit-down),DJs or bands and
full open bars.
I don't get when people think food is too heavy for the day time. Is it a normal lunch meal? No.
But have you not had holiday meals in the afternoon before?
09-08-2012 02:06 PM #3
I think that you're going to run into making things a little more formal and a little less
relaxed when you do a plated meal. That also kind of changes your timeline for the day. Keep in
mind that most afternoon receptions are a little shorter (like Stage's) and even with dancing it
might not go on as long. You didn't mention alcohol, but that might also affect things like
length and whether you want to do dancing. Not always, but it's just about knowing your circle.
My wedding is going to be more like Stage's, we're also starting at 2 and doing a lot of
different finger foods and maybe one larger carving station. It'll be a ton of food, but not in a
plated meal or really buffet style. In my circle buffet style is more common (I've never been to
a wedding with a plater dinner), so that's what we're more comfortable with. Maybe talk to your
reception hall and see what other brides have done in your situation or what they normally serve
09-08-2012 02:06 PM #4
We had an afternoon wedding. We started at 2 though, so we didn't do a full meal. We selfcatered
a ton of finger food and set it out on a couple of tables, buffet style.
We didn't have a DJ or a dance floor, but we did have background music playing. It was much more
lowkey and relaxed, but a lot of fun. We had kids running around all over the place, everyone was
mingling and laughing, and it was a blast. It lasted about 3 hours, which was perfect.
15-08-2012 02:41 PM #5
Will it be too rush to have a wedding lunch if I have tea ceremony etc in the morning?
14-01-2014 05:52 PM #6
so your wedding banquet was for dinner?
10-09-2014 09:01 AM #7
After wedding is a dinner banquet?
10-09-2014 03:57 PM #8
For an afternoon reception, perhaps lay out a table of Canapés, coupled with something like a carving station. It's both classy and fits nicely with a light, afternoon wedding atmosphere. That way you and your guests wouldn't feel drowsy after a heavy meal that might occur with a buffet or plated meals?
11-09-2014 11:29 AM #9
maybe you just need to prepare light snacks or food if it's going to be an afternoon wedding.
28-10-2014 10:51 AM #10
I think an afternoon wedding is nice... not too hot outside... make sure that you prepare some snacks so that the guest won't get hungry before dinner
28-10-2014 04:56 PM #11
Afternoon weddings can be fun too despite the heat! I think it'll be better to get a a buffet or some finger food since it'll be a shorter duration as compared to a dinner banquet. Do you guys still have DJs for your guests to dance or just some background music?
28-10-2014 05:10 PM #12
if you're planning to have an afternoon wedding then better get a spacious or an air-conditioned venue for that
12-02-2015 10:10 AM #13
I like afternoon weddings because it's not too hot and not too late
12-02-2015 05:04 PM #14
proper lunch meal should be served. also, i guess there's no need for dj. just play some good music
18-02-2015 05:20 PM #15
you can deal with the heat by looking for air conditioned venues