Does this sound like a good plan to you?
I'm getting myself a bit worked up about wedding planning and would really appreciate some advice! At the moment I'm bouncing between feeling really positive about it and worrying that everyone's going to be bored and not have a nice time...
We are hoping to have a nice wedding on a small budget (£5,000 max). We initially hoped to do this by keeping the numbers small but a combination of out of town guests (his) and a large family (mine) has meant that we have ended up increasing the total of day guests to 55 - the maximum our chosen reception venue will hold. However, this still doesn't include any of my cousins and their children or a lot of our good friends. So, we are thinking of moving in the evening to a pub that's a 20 minute walk (or a short taxi ride) away where more family can join for a buffet and hopefully dancing. However, I'm a little concerned that having the wedding take part in essentially three different venues will be a bit weird. Additionally, we are going to have an earlier ceremony as the lunch menu is much cheaper than the evening menu at our reception venue (we're just doing private dining in a smart hotel). Would anybody be willing to cast an eye over my rough plan for the day and let me know what they think? I would be very grateful as it's got to the point where H2B and I can't see the wood for the trees! We're thinking something like this:
11.00am Registry office ceremony
11.30am bus arrives (we're hiring a vintage bus) to take us to the reception venue
12.00pm arrive at hotel, drinks (no canapes, they're too expensive!)
1pm wedding breakfast - three course lunch half bottle of wine each, coffee and petit fours. no speeches other than brief 'hello and thank you' from H2B and I
3-5pm ish people mingling, walking round beautiful hotel gardens (one of main attractions)
5pm cake cutting and glass of fizz. More chatting.
7pm ish walk to local pub, where about twenty more family and friends will join for evening buffet and dancing.
I guess my question is would you be happy with this kind of day as a guest? I'm worried that it's a bit fragmented, and also that on account of having to start proceedings early because the hotel only serves lunch until 1.30pm (last order time, not service time), the afternoon is going to feel very long. Hoping that will be mitigated by lovely grounds and hopefully nice weather (it will be in June). Also worried that unfortunately as our budget is very small, we can only afford 1 arrival drink, half bottle of wine with dinner and one drink with cake for everybody. This sounds like a lot but as it will be spread over several hours, I worry it's going to look very stingy...
Any advice greatly appreciated! 😊