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Timing of ceremony and reception

We are not planning on having a sit down dinner (just heavy appetizers/hors d'oeuvre).  I have been told that I need to do an earlier ceremony because people will expect to be fed a sit down dinner if the reception goes into dinner time. I'm open to earlier in the day but I don't want to do it too early (to allow time to actually get ready).  Ceremony and reception will be at the same location. Would it be okay to do a ceremony around 3 (short cocktail hour immediately after) then reception 4-8?

Re: Timing of ceremony and reception

  • Thanks for the advice! I'm definitely going with heavy apps and a pasta station (in hopes of making up for dinner). 

    My hope is to stay away from the formal sit down atmosphere, I want everyone up and moving around. 
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