Post # 1
Our wedding is at 4pm and our photographer said that an hour and a half to two hours is always a good time frame for them to get good pictures, where we are not rushed. The ceremony is about 35 minutes tops, and we plan on doing a receiving line for the groom and I (and maybe parents). My question is, is it ok to put ‘reception to begin at 6’ or should I say immediately following- but then we wont show up until maybe 6:30…We will have appetizers and a bar there also— I need some advice on how to handle this and what to put on the invitations……any thoughts!! Thanks!!
Post # 3
I would just consider doing a “first look” and taking most of the photos before the ceremony. We are doing that to avoid making our guests wait such a long time. I just figured that, as a guest, I would get bored pretty quickly while waiting hours while the couple and bridal party takes pictures. If you do decide to have a gap between the ceremony and reception, I would still put “Reception immediately following” on the invitations because people might be a little confused as to why the reception officially begins 2 hours after the ceremony. I think that people may be able to keep occupied with drinks and appetizers but you still have to be aware that some people are going to be upset (like any other aspect of wedding planning LOL! ) Good luck :]
Post # 4
We are going to have a gap, but our guests will have to travel about 30 mins between the church and our reception venue. We’re going to have a cocktail “hour” for them, we are very far out, so I haven’t thought about it too much but I’m thinking our invites will say something to the effect of:
Cocktail hour immediately following ceremony
Reception at XXX time
That way, people have a choice. They can go right to the venue and enjoy drinks and apps, or they can go freshen up or whatever, and come back for the meal portion 🙂
Post # 5
I would consider doing some of your girls’ and guys’ pictures separately before the ceremony. That’s what we’re doing to cut down the gap. Our ceremony is at 4:30 and cocktail hour starts at 6 about a 15 minute drive from the ceremony.