(Closed) Exit strategy for an outdoor wedding…

posted 12 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I went to a wedding with a similar situation where, at the end of the ceremony, the officiant let everyone know that the couple was going to take some moments to have some privacy by themselves, and was looking forward to seeing everyone at the reception site. I thought that was a polite way of letting people know to go ahead and move on. Disappearing in the meantime is probably a good idea. I’m always a fan of ice cream… 🙂

Post # 4
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

We had an outdoor ceremony, and the reception was down a staircase in another garden.  So, like, all of 30 feet away.  We included a line in our minimalist program that said, "Please join us immediately after the ceremony in the adjoining garden for our reception."

We recessed back down the aisle and away from the staircase to the reception garden, and our ushers "ushed" peopel down the staircase into the reception area. A couple people did hang around to take photos, but they were pretty much close family or the spouses of the wedding party, and they took a couple snaps and then headed for the food & booze. Lucky them!

If you have a coordinator, it helps to have them tell guests what to do. Or maybe your parents/bridal party could help by quickly coming back after recessing and saying, thanks, we’ll see ya at the reception!  While some are doing that, you can take pix w/ the others, swap, and then by then guests should have cleared out so you can have everyone for the big group shots.

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