Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone has done a fake send-off from the ceremony? And if so, how did it go? Our problem is that my Fiance and I are very traditional and do not want to see eachother before the ceremony. My dad doesn’t want to see me until he walks me down the aisle b/c he would like to be surprised. And my mom want’s to minimize who sees me before the wedding, b/c she wants everyone to be surprised when I walk down the aisle. So we will not be doing any family pictures before the ceremony. We will be doing all of our family photos in the church following the ceremony, but we have very large families. Even narrowing down the number of pictures in the church, it will probably still take 15-20 minutes if we are efficient. After photos inside the church, we plan to travel to Michigan State’s campus to get photos with the bridal party. I really do not want our guests to be standing outside, twiddling their thumbs, waiting for us to finish up with pictures inside the church. But my Fiance really wants a send-off. Also, every wedding I’ve gone to, except one, has had a send off following the ceremony. And the last wedding I went to that didn’t have a send-off, all the guests were waiting for a long while outside the church for a send-off that never happened, and they were all confused what was going on. And then everyone slowly gave up and trickled off to the reception. It came across very awkward and rude. So:
1) Do you think 15-20 minutes following the ceremony is too long for our guests to wait for a send-off?
2) If so, do you think a “fake” send off would be a good idea? Have any of you done it, and how did it go?
Post # 3
@sarah0509w: I am considering a fake sendoff, so that we don’t have to pay a photographer for so many hours. I want prep photos and we’re planning a long reception dance, so I am considering having everyone faking it and then we can get back to dancing and I won’t have to worry about what I look like anymore! I am not yet decided. I’ve gotten mixed reviews when I ask people. I’ll be eager to see what other brides say too!
Post # 4
@sarah0509w: Have the send off outside the church. Your guests can then make their way to the cocktail hour , while you go back inside to get pictures taken, then go to Michigan State. I can almst guarantee that the family pics will take longer than 15-20 minutes.
Post # 5
@sarah0509w: I’ve done it and been at a wedding where they did it!
People waited outside after the receiving line, and once the line was done, we came out to a huge flurry of bubbles!
The pictures were great!
Then we took some pictures outside the church, and got our family photos, while the guests were headed to the reception for the cocktail hour!
Post # 6
I just went to a wedding that did a bubble send off, then the bride and groom went around the block while everyone left and they came back to the church to do something similar. The two of us are having a champagne toast right outside the limo (pretty much the only just him and me moment of the wedding). Our get away will be us walking up to the limo for the toast. We are hoping that enough people will just leave, if not we will get in the limo and ride around the block to do all the pictures. Like you all the pictures will be after the ceremony.