(Closed) Ceremony/Receptions questions…HELP!!

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Your venue can usually help you with this kind of thing. 😉

1. 4-6 hours. The cost is usually more for more time. 4 hours is as short as I’ve seen offered.

2. (The cermony and recption are in the same room so it seems weird for the bridal paryt to walk out and walk back in…unless there is something that they are supposed to do between the ceremony and reception…) This is exactly what you do, or you have the cocktail hour in between so that the Bridal Party can take pictures, and the room can be reset for the reception. If the room is being reset for the reception, cocktail hour is not in the room – guests usually move for it then go back in and sit down, then the Bridal Party and bride/groom come back in.

3. There’s not a need. It’s up to you. If the venue is resetting the room, then you’ll probably want to have one. If you want to take pictures at this time (so that the groom doesn’t see you beforehand), you take pics during cocktail hour. Otherwise you do a “first look” before the ceremony (pictures with groom’s reaction to you) and Bridal Party pics.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

1) i don’t know how long it SHOULD last, but our reception is 5 hours, including cocktail hour.  i think four or less might be rushed.

2) i think having your officiant announce something like “we will now be serving cocktails at the bar, please come join the happy couple” after you kiss would be a good transition.  i would expect people to all try and talk to you at once, though, since you’ll be right there.

3) i don’t think the purpose of cocktail hour is to separate the ceremony and reception spaces- i think it evolved as a way to deal with a way to keep the guests entertained while the couple taking photos after the ceremony.  a cocktail hour certainly isn’t required, but personally, it’s my favorite part of a wedding =)

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

First look pics still make it a special occasion when the groom sees you for the first time since logistically it’s easier to get all your pics in before the ceremony but you’re losing out on the surprise of seeing each other for the first time. The positives are you don’t have to rush in the 1 hour or make your guests wait a really long time if you go over while taking pics.

However, since everything is in one room for you, I’d probably do the traditional cocktail hour/picture taking since your guests will have to move out for the room to be reset anyway – unless you are going to do a set up with guests at the dinner tables while watching the ceremony? That’s kind of a different/less traditional way to do it, but I’ve read about a few weddings here on the bee that did that successfully.

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