Post # 17
Ooh… good questions. I didn’t realize I had a random 15 minutes in there! Thanks for pointing that out! Haha
what about this:
Ceremony at 3:30
Pictures from 4:15 – 6:15 (there is stuff planned for guests to do, including food! at this point)
Receiving Line from 6:15 – 6:45 (h’ordeurves …hate trying to spell that word!.. at this time)
Wedding Party Intros 6:45 – 6:50
Dinner start at 7:00
Then dessert, drinking, dancing, speeches & partying.
Sparkler Send Off at 11:30
It’d be a 7 hour day for guests (if they choose to stay too late)… too long? 🙁
Post # 18
even with activities, as a guest, 2 hours seems like a long time between ceremony and receiving line/apps
Post # 19
I’ve never heard of a receiving line AFTER pictures. I thought it was always done directly after the cermoney as the guests were leaving the church. So how are you doing a receiving line post pictures?
Post # 20
Outside of the reception site, as guests enter the building. I’ve been to quite a few weddings where this was done.
Post # 21
This is the way every wedding I’ve ever been to has been. There is always a break between the church and the meal when the bridal party gets thier pictures done. Most people here have arrangements for meeting at friends houses, having a few drinks etc until the dinner.
Post # 22
I think when it comes to asking for opinions you need to take into account what is “normal” for other regions. Having at least a 2 hour break in between church and dinner is totally normal / standard where I come from. Cocktail hour etc is not very common. People usually stay at the wedding then until well after midnight.
Sometimes, I go to ceremonies in the afternoon in somewhat dressy clothes, then before leaving for dinner is when I really get dressed for the party! It’s all about what your guests expect to be honest! It would be recived as a perfectly normal wedding here where I live.