Post # 1
My Fiance and I were working through our budget and without factorting in a cocktail hour we are already over by quite a bit.
I proposed taking photos before the ceremony then heading straight to the reception. But – he doesn’t want to see me before the ceremony.
I am considering waiting until after the reception to take the photos (we’re having a brunch so there would be plenty of time in the afternoon). My only concerns are – eggs, wine, juice, ketchup, grease etc etc etc…etc.
Any thoughts or advice? Is delaying the reception for an hour or two without providing a cocktail hour in bad taste? Is doing the photos after the fact a scary and dangerous thing?
Post # 3
I would say in your situation take them after the reception. You can easily do some touch-ups on makeup after the reception. Just be a little more careful during the brunch… but if it is not a long reception (6+ hour dinner and dancing), there is not a lot of time for your dress, or you to get messed up. And if there is a small stain somewhere just let your photographer know… most stains are removable! Or better yet grab a stain pen just incase.
Post # 4
Cocktail hour is not a must. In fact, I haven’t been to a single wedding that has provided cocktail hour, and they have had anywhere from 2-5 hour breaks.
Is your reception in a different location than the ceremony? Because then they could jsut delay their travel to the reception location. Or! As your wedding is in the summer, what about just borrowing some lawn games from people and setting up a bocce ball tournament (or whatever) outside to entertain guests? There are lots of (cheaper) things to do to pass time besides eating/drinking. Especially if its early morning
Post # 5
@AlbertaBride: Can you tell us a little more about the timeline?
Post # 6
There isn’t much of a time line yet. The ceremony would be around 9 am to 10 am depending on the venue and then either photos then reception or immediate reception and then photos.
Post # 7
Although I did a first look, I did the majority of pics before the ceremony. You just take all the pics with your bridesmaids and his with the groomsmen and vice versa without the BOTH of you seeing each other.
We had a cocktail hour too and we took more pics of just us and the formals during cocktail hour and was still able to attend 20 min of the cocktail hour.