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Hi all. I’m new to this planning and new to this site. Our wedding date is going to be 7/29/2016 which is a Friday. We are planning to be married and have our reception at the same location, Marjeane Caterers in Lansdale, PA. Including vendors, we will have a maximum of 75 guests. We have 15 children maximum attending, ages 2 to 15.
My dilemma is that while our reception is 5 hours, we only have a 1/2 hour for the ceremony. That being said, the FH has said he would prefer our reception be from 6-11pm and our ceremony at 4:00 or 4:30pm. Is that too late considering the kids will be in attendance? Also please keep in mind that the gap is so long since we do NOT want a first look, photo wise.
Any ideas or samples of your own timelines from like wake-up to end of reception? How much time should I allot for photos and getting ready, etc?
THANKS IN ADVANCE!
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rashidah824: So the ceremony and reception are in the same place, and there’s a 1.5 hour gap, so your guests will be standing around with nothing to do, and no refreshments?
If I was a guest, I probably wouldn’t bother attending the ceremony and just arrive at 6:00, for the reception.
I didn’t have a first-look, but it was 30+ years ago. We took a lot of photos while our guests headed over for the cocktail hour, and we missed almost all of it.
And you’re right, it’s too long of a time period, with the time gap, and too late in the evening, for the kids. You’ll find that if they crash, one or both parents will leave to take them home.
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@PABride lol I actually thought that that time would be good for any photos to be taken. maybe shorten it to an hour, even though i’m not doing a first look? As far as time our only other choice was to have ceremony 3:30pm and reception 5-10pm. As far as refreshments, is the cocktail hour included in a reception package ? if not then there’s always that for the guests. Argh, idk. I’m honestly glad i’m planning this in advance for these reasons.