Post # 1
I’ve been going back and forth on this one, and I’m wondering if I could get some opinions.
After we get our hair (and my makeup) done, we are going to the church where there is a nice, spacious room where we will get ready and eat a light lunch. I really want to take some outside pictures with the girls and my family, but I’m worried about guests possibly arriving while I’m there. I’d rather people NOT see me till I’m walking down the aisle!
The ceremony starts at 2pm. What time do you think the first guests will start arriving? We have a bunch of OOT people coming, and we said to allow a half hour to get to the church from the hotel (even though it usually takes 15-20 minutes – depends on traffic).
Also – to be safe – what time would you do your outside pictures with the girls?
Any advice would be appreciated!! Thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
I would say guests will probably arrive up to 30-45 minutes early
Post # 4
We got to the church a half hour before the wedding and there were already a decent amount of people there. I heard a couple people say they were there 45 minutes before. This might be overkill but I personally would be back inside an hour before the ceremony.
How is your church set up? Is there a backside where you can take pictures so those who are driving in can’t see you?
Post # 5
You should have your pictures taken by noon. If you want the guys to come in and take pre-ceremony photos, they should come around 1pm. I was planning on doing this but got behind on time because of makeup.
Post # 6
My reception started at 6pm. The invitation said doors, 5:30, ceremony at 6. People were there at 5.
Post # 7
I’d be back in the room 30 minutes prior, at the minimum.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@laurenm78: Haha that’s a good question, I didn’t even think about that before our wedding! The hair and makeup artists I hired arrive 2 hours late, which really threw off our timeline. We were supposed to do a first look, then take couple portraits of DH and I, and get all of the family and wedding party photos out of the way before the ceremony. But our hair and makeup was finished just in the nick of time, so we did a first look and just a few family photos before the ceremony started. We got married outdoors, so as the guests arrived they walked about 100 feet to the ceremony space – which meant they could see where we were taking photos. A few guests arrived 30 minutes before the ceremony, but by the time I snuck off (~15 minutes before the ceremony), probably only 5-10 of our 130 guests had arrived.
Post # 9
We had a 7 pm wedding, and a few guests arrived as early as 6:15-6:20. If you really don’t want anyone to see you, I’d make sure you’re hidden away 45 minutes before the time the ceremony begins. Good luck!
Post # 10
Thanks to everyone for your input! I’m soaking it all in! Unfortunately there’s no way we can be done by noon, although I agree with lindseyl06 that would be ideal! I honestly hadn’t thought about the guys at ALL, haha. Gotta work that out!
@MrsBeck: I was thinking an hour, but right now it looks like I’m going inside 45 minutes before….thinking of adjusting my timeline before I print them out! There are some nice areas on the side of the church, but I’ll have to check out the back – it’s wooded, so it might work. That’s a thought….I would still have to come around at LEAST to the side to get back in.
@Mrs. Wallaby: Wow, I would’ve been absolutely freaked if they were 2 hours late! Talk about stress! I’m surprised how many guests were there early (as in so few).
Thanks again for the suggestions!! 🙂