Post # 1
My bridesmaids and I will be getting ready together at the hotel where my reception is. A limo will take us to the church for the ceremony, but how do we get there without being seen by all the guests? Do you go 30 minutes early and hide out at the church? I dont really want to do that because that cuts into getting ready and photo time. Do you go last minute and wait in the limo and then run into the church when the guests are all there? How does this work??
Post # 3
Ask your coordinator at the church. There is normally a side or back entrance, and also a room or rooms off that entrance where you can hang out while you’re waiting for the guests to get situated. If you pull up to the side or back entrance, you should be able to get into your waiting area without being seen. Then once you get the all clear, you can go around the outside to the front, to make your big entrance.
Post # 4
At the last few weddings I went to the bride did indeed wait until everyone (or almost everyone) was inside and seated before she exited her car. In fact one bride refused to get out until the processional had started (she had a huge wedding party and was afraid that all of them fussing over her would make her lose it.) I don’t know that it was ideal but it worked.
As a side bar, my cousin was waiting in her limo and everyone else was inside already when my brother shows up (late.) He assumed that she was inside already as the wedding was supposed to have started ten minutes earlier so he made a quick stop at the limo’s window to fix his hair… My cousin rolled down the window laughing hysterically at him, she swears it is the only way she kept from crying!