We worked for days setting up our wedding venue and spent so much money hoping to make it a lovely day for everyone, but now it all seems like a big waste. Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and after the relief of that we felt ready to celebrate so we ate and mingled and thought everyone was having a good time. About an hour after eating people starting leaving. We decided we should probably move on to the cake in hopes of keeping people there longer. A half an hour after the cake cutting the father of the groom and his entire side of the family said they were going to head out. Soon after that a few of the bridesmaids and groomsmen said they wanted to leave in order to get to the hotel pool before it closes. Of course after people saw most of the wedding party leave they thought it was over and followed suit. We kept telling people we will be having dancing but they didn't stay. People came from so far away to only stay for 2 hours. Maybe we were naive in thinking that they would have a good time sitting and catching up with each other for a while. It was an outdoor barn wedding with tons of yard games and a beautiful setting and the venue didn't allow alcohol which we thought wouldn't be a problem because a marriage isn't really about that, it seems we may have been wrong (we didn't think our families were big drinkers). So now were left feeling a bit upset with a lot of people and really disappointed in our day, not to mention feeling like we wasted a good bit of money. We're not really sure how to get rid of this enormous feeling of being let down.