Post # 1
I need a little help and what better place to seek advise
Our wedding is going to be a small church wedding *family only* we are expecting to have around 55-60 people total. We will be having the reception in the church hall. Here’s where things get a little confusing for me.
I would like to have the ceremony start at 12 and then we will have the reception right after for lunch. We are doing a rustic theme , very simple and having BBQ. However I started to think about WEDDING PICTURES , I would like some of the guest if not all because they all are family to be included in the wedding pictures. Should I do a “cocktail hour” outside the church for pictures * please note when I say cocktail hour no alcohol can be involved due to us being on the church grounds* I’m thinking we could serve some type of finger foods …
I was thinking about having in my programs ” after pictures join us outside for family mingle time and pictures..” if you can think of a cute saying please advise…
I would say we could do pictures before but with the wedding just being family adn so many people being at the church to help set up I dont want everyone to see us before hand.
Any cute ideas for how to keep people from being totally bored or starving during the pictures taking would be great….
Post # 3
Canapes is a great idea and will definitely keep the guests busy for a while! I’m sure you can hire caterers to set up in front of the church – we went to a wedding where they had this and they also hired a 3 piece jazz band, which was really cool! I have also seen people hand out paper cones of nuts or candy at or after the ceremony, which people can just snack on after the ceremony.
You could also do a cocktail hour at your reception venue, so the guests could go right there and not mingle outside the church for too long. How long will you need for pictures? It doesn’t sound like you’re having a huge gap in between anyway so I really wouldn’t worry – guests will amuse themselves! 🙂
Post # 4
You could have a non-alcoholic punch named after you guys. Like a signature mocktail. My FI and I love to go to quizzes in our spare time so we are going to a “how well do you know us” Mr and Mrs quiz, we are worried about that odd time between the ceremony and reception. Canapés are a great idea to keep hunger pangs at bay.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I had a small wedding the first time around. We did family photos right after the ceremony but we sent the guests onto the reception. Once at the reception and while we were waiting for dinner to be served, my ex husband and I went from table to table thanking our guests for coming and getting pictures with each guest and couple/family. We did this instead of a receiving line and it worked out great; it would have been a nightmare had we had more than 50 guests though.
I plan on doing something similar for my wedding in November except I also want one big shot with all of our guests and us in the middle.