Post # 1
I AM IN DESPERATE NEED HERE BEES – PLEASE HELP!
Our ceremony starts at 3:00pm. Our reception starts at 5:00pm. Our pastor said that she expects our ceremony to be about an hour long. The reception hall is exactly 22 minutes away from the ceremony site. HOWEVER, ourselves and our bridal party are staying at a hotel that night. Our hotel is 28 minutes from the church, and 16 minutes from the reception hall.
Are you still with me?
Okay, Fiance and I are thinking that everyone should drive straight from the ceremony to the hotel to get checked in. Then we are having a shuttle transport all of us from the hotel to the reception. (This way, everyone’s cars will be at the hotel already..so they can all take the shuttle back to the hotel later that night and not worry about their vehicle.) Well, where does this give us any time for pictures????
How would we get to the pictures? The shuttle driver is only getting paid to take us to the reception and back. We wanted to take photos at a beautiful garden that is one mile away from the reception.
Should we all just go to the garden directly after the ceremony, and then to the hotel?
We have been completely racking our brains trying to think of somewhere close to the church to take pictures at, but there’s just nothing. 🙁
Post # 3
Huh? Why would people not already be checked in? And why can’t they do that on their own? I’ve never heard of that. Plus, how is an entire wedding of people supposed to get checked out by 1-2 front desk people in time?
I would let people do their own hotel arrangements. That sounds way too stressful!
Post # 4
@crayfish: It’s only our bridal party staying at the hotel. We’re just trying to figure out when we should check in to the hotel, and when we should take our pictures? Should we have everyone check in at the hotel before the ceremony?
Sidenote: We all live within 20 minutes of the hotel. We are ONLY staying at the hotel that night because people want to drink.. so we have provided a shuttle to and from the hotel for people that are drinking.
Post # 5
I think it’s FANTASTIC that you are arranging a shuttle to transport your guests– that way no one has to drink and drive!
Edited— I would just call the hotel to let you know you are arriving late and to please hold your rooms. Go directly from the ceremony to the photos, then straight to the reception. If the hotel knows you’re coming then it really doesn’t matter what time you check in. Just do it later that night when no one is racing the clock.
But if your pastor can wrap things up in less than an hour, it would definitely help.
Post # 6
I am with crayfish. Let people, including the bridal party, take care of their own hotel arrangements. I have no idea why you are stressing yourself over this. If you can give us more information, please do, but the day of the wedding they may be able to do an early check in or maybe even a late one given the circumstance. Call the hotel. We were able to check in 2 hours early.
I would say you don’t have enough time for pictures. At all. Pictures, at least mine, took 3 hours. Hence why we took them before the ceremony. If that i not an option for you, you will probably miss a lot of your reception to take them, even with pictures nearby the reception site.
Post # 7
@megz06: Oh my goodness, 3 hours??! Yikes.
Post # 8
Nevermind, we have figured it out. We will just be taking photos at the church. Thanks ladies.