- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Our invitations need to be printed pretty soon so I’ve been trying to create the perfect wedding day itinerary (if there is such a thing!) that allows enough time for pictures but doesn’t create a large time gap for guests.
We are going to see each other before the ceremony for pictures with the bridal party- we will be doing a “first look” picture to capture that moment but I want to do pictures at a park so for timing it’s just best to do it before the ceremony.
My questions come into play about ceremony timing and the cocktail hour. We are locked into 5pm with the reception hall for the start of cocktail hour, however, the church is very flexible so I basically just have to choose a time and get those invites printed!
I want to do a receiving line because the weddings I’ve been to where the bride and groom say they’ll come to each table never seems to work out very well. By the time they finish dinner and make it to some tables the dancing has started and no one is really at there tables any more. That being said if you do have success in doing this please let me know how you did it and how it worked out! We will have about 275 guests so if anyone has a similar experience with a receiving line or going from table to table I am curious about how long it takes! Right now I’m planning on an hour since I’ve read to allow about 20 minutes for each 100 guests.
Then, I want to do family pictures after the receiving line and from what I’ve heard I should estimate about 30 minutes for this.
That being said it takes about 25 minutes to get from the ceremony site to the reception site and the ceremony will probably last about half an hour. All of that considered I would like to start the ceremony at 2pm, however, out of respect for our guests and to create as small of a gap as possible I was thinking of pushing the ceremony back to 3pm. After the ceremony and the receiving line we would be at about 4:30 (I guess some of them will be through the line in only a few minutes though). Once you have the drive to the reception hall guests will be arriving right about when it starts.
I guess my main question in this long post is: How long did your receiving line take? And how long did your church pictures take?
Thank you for your thoughts!