Post # 1
Any experience having a cocktail hour before the ceremony in lieu of having a Saturday night Jewish wedding? We’re getting married in the summer and to have the ceremony after shabbat ends would result in a really late eating time. Do I wear my wedding dress for this or change after the cocktail hour?
Post # 3
So are you not going to have a reception at all, or is it just going to be late which is why you want the cocktail hour first so people don’t get hungry?
I’ve been to Jewish weddings that have the cocktail hour first but the bride isn’t there. Then they have the ceremony and then a reception. If you want to be there for the cocktail hour before your ceremony, I wouldn’t wear the wedding dress.
Post # 4
I think wearing your wedding dress before your wedding will make the wedding entrance anti-climactic. I personally would not do it.
Post # 5
I agree! Maybe get a wedding like dress that is less formal like say this?
Sort of fun and shows a little personality
Post # 6
I agree with you, menobride, and I was thinking a cute cocktail length dress could work like what Clein2B posted. There would still be a indoor reception after the outdoor ceremony. I wouldn’t want to miss out on the cocktail hour but I don’t want to spoil the moment of the guests first seeing the dress when I walk down the aisle. Would it work to send the guests outside after cocktail hour to wait for the ceremony in order for me to wear my dress for the ketubah signing in the building?
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I wore my dress to the cocktail hour which was first – bedeken (veiling) and ketubah signing, in front of all the guests. I don’t think it took away from the ceremony at all.