~Our Renewals~ Hey my WBC family! I've been a little hush- hush lately. Our 14th wedding ann...
I know, this is backwards.
But hear me out while I think out loud:
We really want to do an outdoor sunset ceremony.
a) It's beautiful (duh!)
b) It's July (MUCH cooler temps at sunset!)
But sunset won't start on our wedding day until approximately 8 p.m. Our guests will probably kill us if we don't feed them something before that. Originally, we were going to make it clear to everyone that we were just doing a dessert reception, (so read between the lines peeps and feed yourselves!). BUT I've been thinking, really, it's not often that our extended family and friends come together, and we want to spend as much time with them as we can. A late 8 p.m. start seems like we're wasting an opportunity... Besides, most of our guests are traveling hours to come see us, the least we could do is feed them dinner, right?
Sooooooo, what if we kick off our day with a cocktail reception at 4:30, and then do a buffet dinner at 5:30? You know, get the party started with our Grand Entrance (right now I'm GA GA over Michael Jackson's "Can You Feel It" for this - we'd ask DJ Brother Jer to customize a mix for us, extending the instrumental intro of the song so our DJ can use it as a backdrop while he/she introduces the wedding party and us). Here, take a listen:
Yeah, baby, CAN YOU FEEL the love and excitement?!
Anyway, off that tangent, and back to the item at hand. (Sorry. A.D.D. much?) So yeah, do the entrance at 5:15 or so, and move straight to toasts (giving my Man of Honor and the Best Man their proper due - no distractions of salad and food yet), and then onward to food. Set aside an hour for dinner, so that brings us to hmm, 6:30ish. Ok.
Our reception is about a 5 minute drive from our ceremony, and we'll have school buses transporting everyone (no parking headache this way). We'll probably have to do a few trips, so set aside 30 minutes for this "commute." Brings us to 7:00ish.
Get everyone seated - 10 minutes, max, for that. (Ushers, what ushers? Seat yourselves, yo, unless you're VIP.)
So that leads to us starting the ceremony at 7:15. Our ceremony should take about 30 minutes, ending at 7:45, still before sunset even starts. Yeah, I can live with that...OR, we could set up lawn games for people to play and keep them entertained with that until we're ready to begin at 8, so the ceremony wraps up just as the sun officially sets at 8:30.
Regardless of the time, after the ceremony, bus everyone back to the reception, where pie will be served upon their arrival, and begin our dance after dessert. (And the reception venue staff can clear tables and set up pies during our ceremony, easy peasy.)
Hmm, I'm liking this...
What do YOU think? Is this crazy?