Response: Hello Jane, In a situation like yours, you have three options. You can go forward with the 1 p.m. ceremony at the church and invite only family and a few close friends, then in the evening have a large reception for everyone.
Option 2 is to have the church ceremony immediately followed by a simple reception at the church. Waiting until 3 p.m. for the reception to begin would be too long. Assuming that your ceremony will be a half hour or less, guests wont wait that long for the reception to begin. If you are planning to take photos after the ceremony and while the guests wait, you may want to rethink that and do all of the photos before the wedding when you and your attendants are fresh and relaxed.
Option 3 is to ask the minister if he/she will perform the ceremony at the reception location rather than at the church. This is very common in my area. Though you are not having a church wedding, you are being married by a minister, which is often the most important thing.
Option 2, having the afternoon reception, will be the least expensive option if money is a factor. Having a dinner and dancing will be more costly, particularly if you serve alcohol.
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