Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married on the beach in Florida next May. I’m thinkin of timing and how I went the day to flow. Originally I was going to have the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, then bonfire on the beach, but now I’m starting to change my mind because I want to get married later in the day.
One thing I do NOT want is my guests to be sitting in the hot, scorching sun, wearing sunglasses and having to fan themselves off. Nor do I want my fiance to be standing under the canopy sweaty and uncomfortable. I also don’t want us to be squinting in the sun. We both have light blue eyes, and how would pics look then?! lol A lot of beach ceremonies take place at like 5PM, which I feel is too early for us!
My fiance and I are doing first looks, so we can get a lot of our pics then while people are at the cocktail hour around 5:00-5:30. Then we can have the guests ride over to the ceremony via a trolley. Then come back for the reception.
I feel like it might be a nice break for people to go from a light cocktail hour, to the ceremony, then to the reception. That way there’s a break in eating and no one is SUPER stuffed. We’re paying a lot of money for food and drinks, so I want people to eat it! lol I read some other blogs where people we’re afraid that their guests would get drunk/tipsy. Our wedding is very small (22 people), so I know my guests have more respect/self-control than to get drunk at the cocktail hour.
Post # 3
I went to a wedding like this, however there was a cocktail hour with drinks only before the ceremony and another one after. It was nice to be able to have drinks before while waiting for it to start and the one after was shortened to 45 minutes
I’d also recommend you limit the cocktail hour to beer/wine if it’s before…
Post # 4
@KaitPar1: I think it’s a great idea. I would love to have a glass of chilled wine while everyone settles in their seat.
Post # 5
I went to a wedding that did that except it was all in one place (lake side hotel) and we very much appriciated the cocktail hour to mingle and catch up with guests while the couple went off and took photos. No one was drunk at all we mostly drank ice water as it was the hottest day of the summer. I think it’s a great idea and you should totally do a cocktail hour before for your guests while you take photos. The wedding I attended also did a post ceremony cocktail service while everyone went through the recieving line before going in for dinner. No food was served pre-ceremony but light apps. were provided post ceremony.
Post # 6
I’m not having a pre-ceremony cocktail hour but was thinking of having the caterer for my cocktail hour (which will be at the ceremony venue) set out some drinks that people could take when they arrive at the ceremony site. I wanted to create a nice, relaxed vibe where people could mingle before the wedding because I find that the atmosphere is usually kind of stiff as you’re waiting for the ceremony to start. I’ve been reading a book called the Wedding Ceremony Planner and the author, who has officiated at a lot of weddings, thinks that guests having alcoholic drinks before or during the ceremomy undermines the solemnity/”sacredness” of the event. Not sure I agree but I’m just throwing that out there. I’ve never been to a wedding where they did this so I can’t speak from personal experience.