- 7 years ago
- Wedding: April 2011
My fiancé and I are working on a rough timeline of our wedding day, and we’ve hit a rock when it comes to cocktail hour length and dinner start time. So far, here’s a general idea:
Ceremony: 4-5 p.m. (with some fudge room, the actual event will probably only be about 45 minutes)
Cocktail hour begins: 5:45 (there’s about a 30 minute drive from our ceremony to our venue, and we plan on having a first look, with formal family pictures at the church following the ceremony)
Cocktail hour ends: 6:45, this initiates our first dance, a toast by my dad, and the opening of the buffet by yours truly (I want to make sure that we eat, and my solution is to go first). We’re followed through the buffet by our photographers, so that they can eat while less interesting stuff is going on.
Guests begin buffet: 7:10
My fiancé is worried that a) the buffet start for guests is too late, since Southern people apparently eat earlier and b) that the cocktail hour is too long and people may be starving after only having passed appetizers before dinner.
How long was your cocktail hour? Have you been to weddings where the cocktail hour was too long?