Post # 1
I’m currently working to plan out my wedding day timeline and have established the big pieces.
3 PM Ceremony Start Time
3:30-3:45 Ceremony end time (Will have a receiving line)
3:45-4:15 Family photos at the church
4:15-4:35 Travel from chuch to reception
4:35-5:30 Wedding party photos at reception venue
5:30 Cocktail Hour begins
I have never been to a wedding where the reception “immediately followed” the ceremony in my area (SE Pennsylvania), but I know that some weddings are set up this way. Our ceremony will be at a church and reception at a Country Club.
My plan is to add something to our ceremony programs that suggests local hangouts where people can go and get a drink/snack in between the ceremony and reception.
The only other option I would have is to have the country club set up a cash bar until 5:30 if guests show up early.
Alternatively, I guess I could shift the time of my ceremony, but I’ve been working off those times with vendors thus far.
Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Any pitfalls? Any tips?
Post # 3
I’m from PA as well and I have a 2PM ceremony and a 5:30PM Cocktail hour. I think that for the locals they will be used to it and will know what to do with the extra time but I don’t think it’s a bad idea to include suggestions.
Post # 4
This was my absolute biggest stressor in planning our wedding. But it turned out not to be an issue at all. This gave our guests time to go check into to their hotel room or just relax a little bit before the reception began. I do recommend making sure all guests know. On your invitations do not list that the reception is immediately following. Just state that the reception will begin at 5:30 this seemed to allow people to plan accordingly. We got married at a country club that had a bar and restraunt that we ran a tab at for those that came early and also since we used a local hotel I had a shuttle pick everyone up at the hotel and bring them to the reception. This happens a lot and there really isn’t anything you can do about it so my advice would just be to make sure your guests know and do not stress.