Hi! This is my first post, so I'll give a brief breakdown of our wedding plans...
Our wedding date is 8/20/16 and we are renting out the Chalet View Lodge, in CA for the weekend of the wedding. It's about a 4-hour drive for most of our guests and because of this we are expecting most guests to stay at the lodge or nearby (we're sending invites out early to allow people time to save and plan). Our ceremony is scheduled to be at 4pm and it will probably be pretty short and sweet, ending at 4:20 or 4:30 at the latest I'm guessing. Afterwards I'm sure we'll take a few pictures but we won't have bridesmaids or groomsmen, so there probably won't be many staged photos.
My dilemma: when should we plan to start the reception and the dinner?? I'm thinking 6pm but we won't have to change locations for the reception. Given this, is an hour and a half too long to wait? We are planning on having games and activities for people to partake in and fill the time. Then if we have dinner earlier (at say, 5:30), will it be too early? Will people be hungry again later? Will it be too bright out when we move onto dancing, since it will be outdoors in August? Am I totally overthinking this?
Any positive feedback would be appreciated! I've only had two other experiences on forums, both were on different sites and both were slightly negative and not very helpful, so I'm hoping this will be a better experience.