Post # 1
My Fiance and I are having a 2pm Ceremony a(Catholic Wedding)— after we are giving guests an option to go to my Aunt & Uncle’s house for appetizers and beverages, to give them something to do inbetween the reception.
During that time, we are going to take pictures. My Reception Coordinator suggested coming to the hall (Starts at 6pm) before to see it and then mingling with guests and enjoying my cocktail hour and then making my grand entrance.
I find this kind of weird, I never really heard of it. Would it be stupid to be there and see the hall, and then take pictures in their garden area, and come back around to the lobby area and take pictures on the staircase and greet and talk to guests in the lobby, and just not go into the hall till my grand entrance time? That way I am there, seeing and greeting guests, and getting some pictures taken care of?
Any opinions on other options or suggestions?
Post # 3
@delicialegato: I think tradtionally, pictures were taken of the bride and groom after the ceremony and then made a grand entrance at their reception. however, it is becomign more and more popular to do a “first look” and have pictures done pre-ceremony. because of this many will join their guests for cocktail hour (we are) and then still being annoucned into the reception area as mr & mrs.
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s weird at all. I think I’d find it more weird if the bride & groom were gone for close to 3 hours (!) in between. That is a HUGE time gap to be away from your guests. The grand entrance is just really so you can be formally introduced as Mr and Mrs. I agree with the coordinator
Post # 5
It may seem weird to be announced to a room of people that you were just with— but it really isn’t.
Techinically you were with everyone at the ceremony and you have already have been officially announced to them at the conclusion of your ceremony— so a grand entrance at the reception is just a repeat announcement anyway…
If you think of it that way- it seems less odd to be officially announced after mingeling with people at your cocktail hour.
I plan to take pictures pre-ceremony for MANY reasons
1. My future hubster has terrible anxiety and seeing each other before, would calm BOTH of our nerves.
2. I DONT WANT TO MISS MY OWN PARTY!
3. I think taking the pictures before allows bonding time for the bride/groom & bridal party +
4. There is NO rush- you can take as LONG as you want and will get all the shots you want- but wont have time for when you have a time limit to meet.
5. The lighting outside will be better (saturday night 6pm ceremony- by cocktail hour the sun will have set)
If I was you, with having so much time between ceremony and cocktail hour– I wouldnt want to wait around for my reception to start. It wont take 2-3 hours for pictures. You will be all dolled up with nothing to do FOR HOURS! Might as well enjoy your own party and see your guests!
Post # 6
Yeah– the Fiance and I are going the more traidional route and do not want to see eachother before the cermeony. We are doing individual and Bridal Party shots beforehand. It’s a catholic ceremony, so the ceremony wont be over with till about 3:15 and then we have formal shots in church for a half hour, so really its 2 hours for photos, but there is driving time in there to make up for it. We are having a Summer Wedding (June) and in Michigan, so the sun doesn’t even start setting till 8/9pm! The huge gap is super common for Catholic Weddings.
I wouldn’t be missing the whole party, either way (arriving at 6pm or not) the grand entrance/toasts will be starting at 6:40 either way.
Post # 7
It sounds like you don’t want to join your guests at cocktail hour..? If you don’t want to, then don’t. It is ultimately your choice, but it would not be weird or terrible if you did