(Closed) Speaking of Travel Time …

posted 12 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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 # 5
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
84 posts
Worker bee
  • 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
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

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 # 9
14 posts
  • Wedding: August 2007

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
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

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.

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