Post # 1
Our ceremony and reception will be in the same town ( about 15 min. apart ). If our cocktail is at 5 , what time should my one hour ceremony start? I was thinking 3 to give us time to take pictures after but I’m concerned that guests wouldn’t appreciate waiting for an hour for cocktail. What ideas can you give me to keep my guests busy, entertained and hopefully not annoyed for having to wait?
I really don’t want to skip picture taking after the ceremony for that something that I’m really looking forward to. =(
Thanks for your help.
Post # 3
Why don’t you push the ceremony a little later, like at 3:15 or 3:30? Would that be possible? Then it’s over around 4:15 or 4:30; people will get up, greet you, use the bathroom, etc., then travel 15 or 20 minutes to the cocktail site. That will put them there right around 5. You can take pictures during the cocktail hour, right?
Post # 4
Most probably, the bridal party will be taking pictures with US. I don’t want them to miss the cocktail hour for the pictures. By that time, I’m sure they wll be starving.
Post # 5
I think it’s ok if your bridal party misses the cocktail hour. When I was a bridesmaid, anyway, I expected to do so because I knew we’d be taking pictures. One thing I’d recommend would be packing a few small snacks for everybody (granola bars, nuts, and the like) and some bottles of water. They’ll be fine before dinner; we arrived just as cocktail hour was winding down and had time to get snacks and a drink before toasting, etc. began.
That was my experience, at any rate – maybe others’ opinions would differ?
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom
our ceremony and reception are only a few blocks apart and i still scheduled an hour and a half between the two for pictures. ceremony is at 3pm, cocktails start at 5:30. i think most guests are used to waiting a little until the reception starts. in my ceremony program, i listed a bunch of ice cream shops, bookstores, cafes, and boutiques that the guests can visit within walking distance to kil time.
i agree that the bridal party will understand if they miss cocktail hour and i defintely plan to pack them some snacks.
Post # 7
I think if you have your ceremony at 3:15 or so, it will go till 4:15, then you’ll have 45 minutes of pictures before the cocktail hour even starts so if you take pictures for a total of about an hour and a quarter, you and your bridal party could catch the end of the cocktail hour so you wouldn’t miss it entirely. Would that be a good solution, if attending the cocktail hour is important to you?
On the other hand, I agree that it is generally understood that the bridal party goes with the bride & groom for photos after the ceremony instead of proceeding straight to the cocktail hour and I think they’ll understand. As someone already said, good idea to pack snacks.
Post # 8
thank you so much. Now I feel so much better about our decision. I will definitely find stuff for the guests to do ( cafe, bookstore, mall, etc ) and will pack some snacks for the bridal party.
Thanks again. It kinda got me worried a little but now I feel better =P
Post # 9
our ceremony was 3:30, went til about 4ish, then receiving line outside the church til 4:30/4:40, then back into the church for family pictures until about 5:15ish. That left less than an hour for us to go somewhere to take pictures and be at our reception at 6. But we took pictures at the reception site as well – we missed cocktail hour and all the yummy hors deuvres we had been looking forward to. and both hubby and me, as well as the bridal party were hungry!
Don’t miss out on your pictures though – you are paying a lot of money for a photographer and this day only happens once!!
Our guests found stuff to do for an hour and a half in between the receiving line and the reception… (our friends went to a bar…haha) but the older guests from out of town went back to their hotel for a bit, and mostly everyone else was local and could drive 10 min to their house to kill time if they wanted.
Post # 10
are you having pictures in the same location as your reception? if so, you can request the banquet manager to bring some drinks and hors d’oeuvres to you and your bridal party. they’re usually accomodating to something like this. if not possible, then the snack bags will be good to have for them.