Post # 1
I’m struggling with my wedding timeline and I’m wondering how long is ok for a cocktail hour. We are not doing a first look so we will use this time for photos.
Our ceremony and reception are in the same location. There will be light snacks and open bar.
Post # 3
I suggest talking to your photographer to see how much time they recommend that you will need for your pictures. Ours was 45 minutes and we didn’t do a first look, but we also had a very small/intimate wedding, so there weren’t as many pictures to get as if we would have had a larger wedding.
Post # 4
An hour is typical. Unless you’re doing additional food anythign longer than that will drag on for your guests, and anything shorter than that and you won’t get to enjoy any of it and may feel rushed at the start of the dinner reception.
Post # 5
I’d say an hour is about right.
Post # 6
I had a feeling the consensus would be an hour. 🙁 Sigh, I just can’t figure out how to get all the photos, marriage license done in an hour. I think 1 1/2 is more than do-able but Im worried it too long. Thanks for the responses
Post # 7
You should be able to do the license stuff before the ceremony – most of the weddings I’ve worked with have done this. You and him sign (you don’t need to together) if required, your witnesses sign, and the officiant does after the ceremony.. and they usually mail it in for you. Every state is different so double check.
Photos – you could do just the girls & just the guys beforehand without seeing each other, then just do those shots that both of you are in later.
Also, check with your photographer, they may want to pull you out during dinner for B&G shots depending on the lighting, so that should cut back. Also, providing them with a list of the must have shots will cut down on the time needed. You can also appoint a friend of the family to be the people rounder upper 🙂 Will cut some more time down.
I know it’s a little sucky, but for your guests – either add some more food stations or something or keep it an hour.
Post # 8
i see most cocktail hours as an hr..so there’s plenty of time for a few pics after the ceremony and before the reception so the photos shows the immediate glow of marriage on the B&G’s face….but i would think if i had a huge wedding with a lot of guests…i’d probably do it according to how fast i would think ppl can get drinks and apps
Post # 9
Since we aren’t doing a first look we can’t do the license before the ceremony but otherwise that would be an awesome idea. We will have 2 hours beforehand for the groom, his family and his groommens and then me, my family and my bridesmaids so that will all be done.
I guess I was thinking of this timeline but maybe I’m taking too much time for everything.
15 mins – Marriage License
5 mins- FMIL’s 35 person family
15 mins – bridal party
15 mins – family photos
That would leave just 10 mins for me and hubby… 🙁
@sheryl: your point about the glow after the wedding has got me even more worried. We have all these other annoying photos (mainly the giant family one) planned and I feel like I may start to get stressed as we coordinate all this and be not so relaxed by the time we get to just be alone.