Post # 1
How is your timeline? Are your guests going right to dinner after the ceremony? I am having a hard time with this because we are not having a cocktail hour but we are having a sit down dinner and our venue has a very strict 5 hour max bar package. Here is what i came up with, what do you think-
Ceremony at 6:30
Over by 7:00,
Receiving line into the reception room
Dinner starts at 7:30
Do you think this is ok? I should add we are passing out champagne as people leave the ceremony and enter the receiving line, we could get around the bar package by doing that separate then the package. I guess my concern is what if people end up in the reception room at 7:10, is that ok?
Post # 3
It’s fine. If they’ll have a glass of champagne, it won’t be a problem to wait 20 minutes for dinner to be served. That 20 minutes will pass really quickly with people chatting, finding their seats, and getting comfortable.
Post # 4
I don’t think that’s so bad at all. I wouldn’t mind that wait. For ours, we are finishing the ceremony at around 3:00 and dinner isn’t until 5:30, but it’s a half an hour away, plus there are activities at the reception venue.
Post # 5
People won’t mind waits of half an hour or sometime around there. If you’re doing escort cards or a seating chart, people will need a while to find their seats. They also won’t notice time passing as much since, presumably, you’d largely be seating people by those they know. If you’re doing open seating, it will also take people a while to figure out how they will sit together or move between tables of anyone they might know.
It’s usually only when the time you’re actually seated and waiting on a meal edges up on an hour or more that people really start to notice. I will also say that the only time I’ve ever seen it get out of hand was caused by a situation I doubt you’ll have at your wedding.
The Secret Service shut down the kitchen because it was directly over the room where the Vice President was giving a speech. Dinner was supposed to be served at 8pm and the first plates weren’t brought out until just before 10pm. Since the Secret Service also moved most of the other speakers around in the schedule due to the fact that they shut down the kitchen, it meant we were sitting there for almost 2 hours with few people we knew (it was a charity event) with no entertainment, no food, and some alcohol. We were pissed, bored, and getting drunk. It’s kind of funny thinking back on it. But at the time, not so much.
I only relay the story so you can see how much of an extreme it takes for people to actually remember hiccups with the schedule. 🙂
Post # 6
@LibertyBelle: Omg, yea I don’t think I will have to worry about that 🙂
Thanks ladies! I feel better, I have never been to a wedding without a cocktail hour so I wasn’t sure if it was weird or not.