(Closed) Best way to work out timing: what do you think?

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Which is a better way to make time for pictures at reception venue AND greet guests?
    Option A: Receiving line before ceremony : (3 votes)
    60 %
    Option B: Mini-concert after recessional to stall guests by just 10 minutes : (0 votes)
    Option C: Your new, brilliant idea! (NOT ceremony release, receiving line after cer., or table visit : (2 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 2
    19 posts

    Is there anyway you can incorporate both A and B? Have a mini concert so that way the guest who feel “traped” could leave and then just meet them there latter? 


    Post # 4
    8823 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013


    sunflower22:  i think your question is, when you take group shots after the ceremony.

    during the dancing part of your reception, have the DJ announce the groups to go to a certain area for pictures.  we did this at our wedding, he had everyone who went to camp with Darling Husband and every one who was in the cousin’s club.

    i’ve been to other weddings when the dj announced that so and so group should meet the bride and groom in the hallway or whereever for a group photo.

    it take a few minutes.  but worth it.

    Post # 6
    3726 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    angella08232014:  +1

    sunflower22:  I like the idea of blending the two. So many times, waiting for receiving lines is a bit awkward. You could have the pastor ask everyone to be seated and enjoy the music until the ushers release their row. I think that’s brilliant.

    Post # 8
    2123 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I thought the point of the cocktail hour was to give the guests something to do while pictures are being taken and that it really wasn’t something the bride/groom attended.

    Post # 10
    1772 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    So option B is an attempt to have guests arrive at the reception a tiny bit later?  Why don’t you just print on invites the time you want guests to arrive at the reception (so if you’ll get to venue by 5:30 and want some time to take pics, then say reception doors opens at 6 or 6:15?).  

    & just friendly warning- There’s no way I’d stay and hang out after a wedding ceremony was over just because they’re playing music or having a “concert,” so I don’t think you should assume your guests will do that either.  I’m guessing that option B might not delay almost anybody.

    Post # 12
    1772 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    sunflower22:  better etiquette than what? When the ceremony is over and the bride and groom leave it, I would also. That’s not counter to etiquette or rude at all. Not sure why you think only a redneck would leave a wedding ceremony after it’s over (when the bride and groom have left). but if you’re talking about setting a different later reception time, that’s different. But you’re right, 30 mins probably wouldn’t help (but a longer gap would. I’ve gone to eat or get drinks or returned home to change clothes- there are a bunch of threads of what guests should done longer gaps when unavoidable). 

    Unfortunately, I’d guess that, even if you set the reception as 30 mins later, a number of guests might not realize it’s only 15 mins away or might head straight there and just be early. but if there’s more time in between (like some catholic weddings or Indian weddings often have) or if you serve your guests a bit of food or refreshments post-ceremony but at the ceremony site, then thar would delay guests like you want and fewer ppl would show up at reception in 15 mins and mess up your chance at pics there Or doing a receiving line.

    Otherwise you all missing just a bit of your cocktail hour for pics would work as other bees have suggested. Basically, if there isn’t food or drink or a longer gap before reception (or cocktail hour?) start time, many guests will head straight to the reception after the wedding ceremony is over (after the bride & groom have left). Being 15 mins early for these types of things isn’t normally seen as rude. 

    nothing I’ve said suggests that I’m rude or that your guests will be. Im really trying to help out by showing that human nature will probably make it so your option b doesn’t do what you think it will. you are of course free to disagree. 

    Post # 15
    1772 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    sunflower22:  you assume a lot. I never said I’d get out of my seat and leave if pastor asked guests to stay for 10 mins and your option b didn’t say that the pastor would.  Unless I missed that? If you said that in your original post and I missed it, sorry. frok what I remember reading, you only said that music would be played after the ceremony and after you and your husband left. If your pastor makes such an announcement, that’d be a good idea of a change to make option b work. 

    I also never said anything bad about option a so I have no clue why you assume I think option a is bad. I merely was responding to your request for thoughts on the 2 options to let you know that your option B as your wrote it originally might not work as you assumed it would And to propose a cpl other options that might work. With the addition of a request from the pastor, option b seems good. Good luck. 

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