For the last couple weeks I've been waffling back and forth on whether I want an early evening ceremony with a dinner and dancing reception, or a mid-afternoon ceremony with a shorter, cocktail style reception. My FI is indifferent, so I'm hoping you ladies can give me some perspective to help decide which way to go. Which type of reception do you prefer? What factors do I need to consider? What are the pros and cons?
We'll have about 70 guests, mostly older family members, a few kids, and a few people our age (20's) and as much as I'd love to dance all night, I don't know how many guests would into that. Either way we'd still get a DJ to MC and play a little bit of dance music, but we'd probably cut that part short if we did a cocktail reception. We're planning an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, and our venue has lots of windows that look beautiful in the afternoon light. Overall, I feel like our wedding is going to be low-key, which is what made me start thinking about considering switching from an evening to afternoon reception. We would also save some money on the venue fee, DJ, and rentals by doing it in the afternoon. We already signed the catering contract with a minimum guarantee based on a dinner menu, but that could be converted into a nice spread of hors d'oeurves for the same price.