Post # 1
<p style=”margin: 0in 0in 0pt” class=”MsoNormal”><font face=”Times New Roman” size=”3″>Ok, our wedding coordinator says our ceremony should start at 5:30 and our band doesn’t start until 7:30…the reception site is 4 miles from the church. I want people to eat ( or be eating) before I get there (I am taking pictures after the ceremony) but now I feel like as soon as we get there people will leave? Our caterer says we should cut the cake as soon as we get to the reception? I want people to be able to celebrate, but now I’m feeling like if they eat, we cut the cake, and then the music starts people will just head out?</font><font face=”Times New Roman” size=”3″> </font> <p style=”margin: 0in 0in 0pt” class=”MsoNormal”><font size=”3″><font face=”Times New Roman”>How did you plan your schedule of events? </font></font><font face=”Times New Roman” size=”3″> </font>
Post # 3
Are you planning on having a cocktail hour or something for your guest to do while you’re taking pictures?
Do you want to eat with your guest? If your guest eat before you, I don’t think you and your hubby will have a chance to eat relaxed. What time is the band scheduled to stop playing?
You definitley don’t want to feel rushed on your wedding day so you should kind of set the time line (if possible). While you’re taking pictures maybe a friend or family member (not in the wedding party) can go around to the guests and have them record a "best wishes for the bride and groom" type of thing to kill some time. That way when you get to the reception you can eat with your guests (if this is important to you).
Post # 4
We are having our photos before the ceremony in the first part of the cocktail hour. Generally the bride and groom are actually announced before dinner, and are served first. We are cutting the cake right after dinner and before the band starts, but I expect most people to stay until near the end.
Our schedule looks like: 4:30 ceremony; 5:15 cocktail hour; 6:00 dinner; 7:15 toasts and cake cutting; 7:30 music starts; 9:30 end.
I would think it was more than a little odd if the bride and groom didn’t show up at the reception until after dinner; I’ve never seen that done. I would kind of wonder if y’all had just ditched the guests to go straight to the honeymoon suite. Try not to show up with your hair messed up, or you know that’s what they will think.