(Closed) Dry Wedding – No Cocktail Hour – When to take pictures?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

We are having a dry wedding with the same venue for ceremony and reception without a turnover. We are still having a cocktail hour. We will do bride and groom photos and family portraits while guests eat hors d’oeuvres and drink punch and mingle. I think I will try to have some lawn games too. If you don’t do a cocktail hour then you will have to do all of your photos before the ceremony. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

You could have a “mocktail” hour- have special non-alcoholic punches, photobooth, etc., to keep people occupired. Guests usually expect some sort of transition time between ceremony and reception.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

We are getting married at a Victorian B&B. The ceremony is in the yard under an oak tree. The cocktail hour will be on the back porch. And the reception is tented. The only thing we have to move are the chairs. The whole area is very small and close together. We will be doing photos on the front porch and yard. Guests can wander between the back porch and tent as they please. A lot of our older guests will want to sit while they eat. I want to do lawn games on the back side yard. As long as guests don’t get in the way of the photos I don’t care what they do to entertain themselves before dinner. We will also probably be having small tours of the house by the owner during this time. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 We’re doing a first-look at 3:00 PM, followed by bride-groom photos, and then wedding party photos. At 5:00, everyone is taking their gear to their rooms. 5:30 ceremony. Everything at a hotel. 2nd floor small ballroom for the ceremony, 2 smaller rooms below for cocktail hour, and large ballroom below for reception.

Decided not to keep the guests waiting for us to take photos. Have suffered through that before and skipped a few ceremonies and just gone to the reception – some were scheduled up to 3 hourts later.  Also been in bridal parties where the entire cocktail hour was missed. (Cocktail hour used generically – doesn’t need to include alcohol, especially since I don’t drink it).

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 We’re doing a first-look at 3:00 PM, followed by bride-groom photos, and then wedding party photos. At 5:00, everyone is taking their gear to their rooms. 5:30 ceremony. Everything at a hotel. 2nd floor small ballroom for the ceremony, 2 smaller rooms below for cocktail hour, and large ballroom below for reception.

Decided not to keep the guests waiting for us to take photos. Have suffered through that before and skipped a few ceremonies and just gone to the reception – some were scheduled up to 3 hourts later.  Also been in bridal parties where the entire cocktail hour was missed. (Cocktail hour used generically – doesn’t need to include alcohol, especially since I don’t drink it).

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Is there a bar area at your venue? You could still host “cocktail hour” there. Just have some signature non alcoholic drinks, and a few snacks. We also had some games at ours to keep people entertained. You could have your seating chart set up there, and maybe your favors, just a few things to keep people occupied before they make their way to their seats.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Although we took all our posed pictures before our ceremony, we had a dry “cocktail hour” between the ceremony and reception where we served hot chocolate, hot apple cider and had a firepit outside where guests could roast marshmallows and make s’mores.

Post # 11
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Honey bee

@Thinkboxxx:  I have suggested this before, but if you have the budget, you may consider doing a coffee barista for an expresso and speciality coffee bar. My friend had her wedding in a church and could not have alcohol. They opened up their coffee bar during the “cocktail hour” and it was a big hit. In total it cost them $200 for 2 1/2 hours and over 100 cups of coffee. Not too bad compared to the cost of alcohol.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Thinkboxxx:  You either need to incorporate a cocktail hour or take your photos before the ceremony. Your guest will find it very rude to expect them to sit around for an hour while you take photos without them having any food, music or drinks. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would have a cocktail hour with nonalcoholic drinks and appetizers.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We did a first look and family photos before the ceremony… Honestly, best move I made! I lost all of m nerves, the stress went away and it was great to walk down the aisle with no pressure or anxiety. We went right to the reception afterwards and the party got started! Give it some consideration!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

You could still have a cocktail hour minus the cocktails. Do appetizers and a special mocktail or something?

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