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posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

right after the ceremony you spend a few minutes together and then most likely you’ll take some photos. this is some of the only real alone time you’ll get. 

but if photos are out of the way, then go enjoy your cocktails!!!!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I think it would have been great to join our guests at the cocktail hour, but we didn’t have time.  After the receiving line and lots of pictures at the church, we took a few outdoor photos on the recption venue’s property and then made it inside in just enough time for the reception to start.  If you have the time, I say go ahead and join your guests- it will give you more time to spend with them, and maybe you’ll even get to taste the appetizers!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers

We’re doing photos before the ceremony. I know… the Mister will see in my dress… but we don’t mind. We’d rather spend cocktail hour mingling and greeting everyone.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

We’re not really having a "cocktail hour" per se. I think we’re going to do photos before the ceremony, do a couple afterwards, let the guests get to the reception site, get a drink and mingle for 10-15 minutes, and then show up for our entry and first dance.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

right after the ceremony – we’re taking pics…

but after that – we’re going to steal away and just languish in the "newlyweddedness"…

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Right after the ceremony, we walked back down the aisle, went to a smaller room and signed our marriage license. Then we snapped a few pics of us alone (enjoy it while you have it!) and then joined our guests. We didn’t have a cocktail hour, so afterwards we were announced, made our rounds and had people eat. It was a small wedding with a small venue, but any place out of the way of the view of guests should work.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Photos… We’re not seeing each other before the ceremony.  🙂

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We will do photos before the ceremony, but I like Angel’s idea of a few right after – maybe photos of us signing the marriage license.  I am sure I will need a few minutes to fix my mascara.  We are having a cocktail hour, at least partly to occupy the guests until we get back.

If you do a lot of photos right after the ceremony, make sure that somebody puts some appetizers aside for you, or that you have a little something to eat right before.  At my sister’s ceremony we did all the pics after (BIL didn’t want to see her before the ceremony) and ALL the appetizers were gone before we got to the reception.  Then there was 30 minutes before dinner was served, and we were drinking and we hadn’t had much lunch – it was bad news.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - St. Clement Church, Cafe Brauer (or a big church wedding and a fancy party at a cafe in Lincoln Park.

We are going to take a few photos at the church and take a long cab ride to the reception, but then we are going to cocktails! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

we are taking formal family pictures since the bridal party pictures will be out of the way (before the ceremony). we don’t want to go to cocktail hour since we want the wedding party and us to be introduced once all the guests have been seated. we probably won’t have time anyway.

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