My fiance and I are having our ceremony in the sanctuary of our church in the afternoon. The reception will be held on a grass lot on the church property, next to the sand volleyball and basketball courts. Our hope was to have an outdoor family picnic kind of reception. We will be providing refreshments and plenty of covered sitting areas with tables. There will be lawn games, volleyball games, etc. We want it to be a fun time of celebration and enjoyment of each other. The plan was to arrive in our formals, do the traditions, and then eventually change into our "game clothes".
Have any of.you ever done this? Any advice or.tips? How can I keep guests occupied (and not bored) until we arrive from taking pictures?
We will not be doing any dancing or the cake cutting, but he would still like to incorporate the garter and bouquet toss. How can it be weaved into the reception without seeming out of place (with no dancing)? We don't want to seem like we're rushing things at the beginning to get the "typical wedding stuff" out of the way and into the "fun game stuff". Any ideas for a flow of events, to keep things moving but not rush through it?