Post # 1
This is my 2nd question (different question though) regarding cocktail hour and reception being same space.
We are doing cocktail hour and reception in same space. We are expecting around 60 people. Our venue is spacious (almost too spacious) so I think it’ll work okay.
But im working on timeline and trying to figure out how to do an entrance. We want for our wedding party to come in as well.
The issue is we are wanting to come and join in the end of cocktail hour. So since cocktail hour and reception are in same room, I think it’ll look weird to leave and come back in after cocktail hour just to do an entrance…
The way pictures are going to work is We might leave wedding party pics last (first will be family then fiancé and will leave on a sleigh and go take some pics by snowy mountains). We will ride back after doing our pics then our wedding party will meet us to take pics (hopefully outside as well but by the cocktail/ reception site.) Cocktail hour will still be going on. So they’ll already be outside with us. I thought maybe we could do our entrance then. But not all people will be sitting down as we will have indoor lawn games, apps, booze etc. I don’t think I want such a grand entrance.
How can we make this work? The other option is to just come on in to cocktail hour after pics with wedding party, have fun.. then everybody walk out to get formally introduced. I don’t see how that will flow though.
What do you think?
Post # 2
dearjohnbride : I don’t think it matters if people are sitting down or not. If the DJ or MC announces the entrance of the wedding party and the bride and groom, your guests will stop what they are doing and drift over to where they can see what is happening.
Post # 3
If you don’t really care about a grand entrance, just skip it. We had our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in one place. After we were done photos, we just walked in unannounced and joined the last part of cocktail hour. Honestly, by that point all my husband wanted some food so I don’t think he would have been too happy to wait to be announced before being able to get to the appies.
Post # 4
I would just do the announced entrance during cocktail hour since that will actually be your entrance.
Post # 5
Okay fiance and I figured it out!
Our cocktail hour will be 1.5 hours long. I know that’s longer than usual but like I said, we have good apps and booze along with games etc. We plan to join in at 4:30 (cocktail starts at 3:30) to enjoy the last 30 min with our guests. The cool thing about our guests is that everyone there is close family or friends and we feel like this will work good with our crowd!
Wedding party will be inside enjoying cocktail hour when we come back and they will come meet us outside to do an entrance. The entrance will not be elaborate but I do want to walk in together announced. So, shouldn’t be too complicated which means shouldn’t take very long at all.
Do ya’ll think music selection matters? Since we’re coming into cocktail hour which is usually more mellow and chilled, should we do slower music?
Right now wedding party is coming in to “Right Round” by Flo-Rida. We were going to come in to Grouplove “Tongue Tied” (we <3 that song). I know these are 1st world wedding parties but I want all these logistics figured out so I can focus on something else.
Thank you all for the help! I have 8 more days… AHHHHH