Post # 1
I’m having my ceremony/reception at a local historic chapel and reception hall. It is an evening ceremony set to begin at 5:30, with the reception starting right after.
My fiance and I are considering doing first look photos before the ceremony, and getting all the formal pictures done and over then. Though we both love the idea of him not seeing me until I walk down the aise, we want to enjoy every minute of our reception.
I am considering skipping the cocktail hour. In the time it would take everyone to walk across the parking lot to go from the church to the reception hall, get a drink and sit down, we’d be ready to start the reception with our entrance and first dance, then dinner. So my guess is there would be a 30 minute gap between the end of the ceremony and people sitting down. There will be rolls on the table, but can I get away with skipping cocktail hour? This would allow me to have more people at the wedding itself because the savings of the cocktail hour is so large.
Post # 2
I’ve never been to a cocktail hour and never heard of it before WB, but I’ve been to at least 20 weddings. It’s just not a thing here. I think one of the only reasons people do it is so that you can take pictures during that time. You definitely don’t need one and I don’t think many people would miss it, especially if you’re ceremony isn’t beginning until 5:30, people are going to want to eat right away after it.
Post # 3
So long as you go right into the reception, I think you’re fine!
Post # 4
I don’t think anyone would miss cocktail hour if you go right into the reception. I agree that it’s there mostly so guests can have something to do while pictures are taken.
Post # 5
If the gap is not too big then I think it’s fine to skip. 30 minutes is not bad!
Post # 6
Are you sureeeee you aren’t going to be taking any pictures after? With complete families, friends, with the officiant, etc after. I know we are doing a first look as well but we are getting all the pics of just getting ready, and those of him and I before then with all the family members right after, hence needing the cocktail hour for that time.