Post # 1
Hi Bees! We are doing our photos after the ceremony, so we are cutting the receiving line so our guests won’t be waiting a long time for us to finish pics.
Our wedding ceremony is about 50 feet away from the reception hall. Here are the options I have come up with so far:
Do we have our Justice of the Peace announce cocktail hour after we walk back down the aisle?
Do we walk into the hall and and our guests will follow us, and then go back outside for pics?
The issue is that our guests will want to talk to us after the ceremony, and I don’t want to be rude. How did you do it?
Post # 3
We are heading straight to the picture room (I am also getting married in the same place I am having the reception). We are having our DJ (who is providing our ceremony music) make an announcement that cocktail hour will be upstairs and a general direction on how to get there and we are having the groomsmen stand around for about 5 minutes to guide people and usher them out. We’ll start with parent pictures so the groomsmen can meet us after.
Post # 4
Do you have a site coordinator who could help direct your guests? Or maybe you could make a couple of cute signs that read "Smith/Smith Wedding Reception —->"
50 feet is not very far at all… I’m sure as soon as one guest figures it out, the others will just follow. 🙂
Post # 5
Our reception is in a different place than our ceremony and we’ll be doing a receiving line at the reception site not the ceremony site. Our plan is to disappear behind the church after the ceremony and let the guests trickle out. We’ve given ourselves an extra hour for pictures between the ceremony and reception start time. This was communicated to our guests in our invitations.
I went to a wedding that was outdoors, no receiving line, and reception site just feet away. Guests found their way to the open bar without direction (they were there before the ceremony started, too). I think most people recognize that the bride and groom might want a private moment together or will at least understand you’ll have picture time until you join them at the cocktail hour.
Post # 6
Due to bad weather, we decided to skip our "fake getaway" and receiving line right after the ceremony (because we didn’t want our guests to have to stand outside in the cold rain.
So, we just had our groomsmen release each row – then we had our wedding planner at the back of the church announce to each guest that they may go directly to the reception site and that we (the couple) would be joining them soon! Everyone was so happy to get to a nice, warm place with food and drink!
Post # 7
You mentioned you have a cocktail hour- Are you having like… waiters? What we are doing is after the ceremony- the catering company is using their wait staff to line up with drinks in hand- providing an im-promptu line which leads the guests eyes to where the cocktails will be served. So rather than anyone really announcing "go this way", when the guests get up to begin walkig around they are essentially guided passively.
Post # 8
We are doing a "fake getaway" to an upstairs room to have a few private moments. Our reception site is on the other side of the house, so when all the guests have made their way over, we’ll come back down and take pictures on the ceremony side so none of the guests will see us, except those in photos of course.