(Closed) Crap!!! hit our first snag. Input please

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Are you planning on doing photos beforehand? If so, you can have a shorter cocktail hour- ours was about 45 minutes. so you could do cocktail hour from 7-8, eat at 8:15.

Post # 4
6 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

You can make anything work, honestly! And you can get photos done before the ceremony, either a first look, or you can find a ton of options to do pictures together without seeing each other. And if you get a good enough photographer, your night pictures could be phenomenal. https://www.facebook.com/FengImages?fref=ts has amazing night time photography ideas… Just a thought! Good luck deciding! 


You can always bump it up to the 2pm ceremony?

Post # 5
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I went to a 6:30 wedding in December last year and it was lovely! I really wished the chruch would have let us have a later ceremony but we were forced to have early afternoon. Luckily people are used to the gap when it comes to weddings with a mass so even if you bump it up to 2pm everything willw ork out.

I think an hour would be enough time to decorate the church – i know our church did not allow a lot of outside decorations besides flowers (which we HAD to buy) and pew bows. They actually had a designated “wedding director” that we had no choice but to use and pay to set up everything for the wedding. I’d check with your church and see if they have someone like that?

As for pictures maybe you should think about a first look that way you can do pictures of the bridal party before hand and then maybe family pictures inside the church after the ceremony – if not a good photographer will be able to work around the lighting issues and i’m sure your pictures will turn out beautiful.


Post # 7
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Why is there a 45 minute gap between cocktail and dinner?  What is happening during that period?  Also at 7pm depending on where you live and the time of year isn’t dark it’s just starting to dim.  This is a really great time of day to take photos outside because there won’t be harsh shadows.  

Post # 9
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Eating at 9:15 is VERY late. If you choose to do that, be sure to let guests know ahead of time (maybe on the reception card) so they can prepare accordingly. And don’t forget, if they’re Catholic and going to take mass, they aren’t supposed to eat for an hour beforehand, right?

I will say, I’m not Catholic but at all Catholic weddings I’ve been to, there has been a gap just for this reason, because of Saturday mass times. It’s pretty standard and expected around here. I don’t love the gap, but I understand it.

I think 6:00 is pretty late if you’re going to try to fit all that stuff in. My ceremony is at 5:30, but it’s only a 20 minute ceremony and is at the same location as the reception. We’re doing a first look and photos beforehand, no specific cocktail hour, and I expect that the last table will be eating dinner by 7:15 p.m. at the latest.

A 6 PM ceremony doesn’t sound that late – but when you start doing the math on all the other stuff you’re adding, a church exit, going to the reception venue, etc, I do think dinner that late is tough on guests.


Post # 10
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Are you limited to when you can start your cocktail hour at your reception venue?

I would have the ceremony at 2PM, start cocktail hour as late as 6. But I’m used to the Catholic gap as are pretty much all of our guests.



Post # 11
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Also, how exactly are you decorating the church that it’s going to take an hour? Pew bows and a few flower arrangements shouldn’t take that long at all.

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