(Closed) Arrival at Wedding Reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@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
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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.


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 # 7
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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

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