Post # 1
Our reception will begin at 6:00, and with our ceremony at 1:00, I’m afraid of having too much down time with the bridal party.
For your weddings, are you entering the reception venue prior to your grand entrance? If not, where are you waiting? (Our reception site has no extra room for us to wait in).
Also, when are you doing your cake cutting and first dance? Before or after dinner?
Post # 3
We took pictures before entering the reception. The maids and groomsmen (and parents) went into the party but Darling Husband and I went off to take pictures and didnt go in until the grand entrance.
For the ceremony, is there somewhere nearby you can wait before the ceremony starts? Its fine for the groomsmen to go in first but I definitely would not have YOU go into your ceremony before your processional.
We did our first dance before dinner followed by dinner and toasts during dinner. After dinner we did the father/daughter and mother/son about at about 9:30-10:00pm we did cake cutting. I have seen some people do the cake cutting before dinner so they could enjoy the rest of the night with friends and family.
Post # 4
we’re not having a grand entrance, which makes that easier. are you not doing pictures during coctail hour? usually that takes up all of the time until your entrance. i don’t think i’d want to go into the room before the entrance if i was doing one. but again, i don’t like all eyes on me so we’re skipping that all together. and we’re not doing the cake cutting either, but if we were i’d rather do it after dinner, since it is dessert and tends to be a sign that people are allowed to leave the wedding.
Post # 5
We are taking photos during most of it, but will have our grand entrance towards the end of cocktail hour. I was adamant on this one so that we can spend as much time as possible at our party!
Post # 6
You’ll need that down time after pictures to just chill with your husband. Don’t mingle with the guest until after your grand entrance. Take the hours after the photos and before the reception to rest with your husband. How about you too go off on a walk somewhere or have the limo take you to your hotel to relax together before the reception?
Post # 7
agree with 91011 you can definitely get some intimate pictures with your husband until it’s time for the ceremony to begin.
Post # 8
We are doing pictures before the ceremony and are going to spend some time alone at first during cocktail hour. But then we might just chill with our bridal party and make the big grand enterance.
Post # 9
We took pictures and met with some of the guests before our grand entrance into the reception area. Once the cocktail session was over, we made sure that all the guests were piled into the reception hall (with thanks to the wedding coordinator) before we made our grand entrance with music.