Post # 1
I’m interested in hearing how others fit in some time alone with their new husband on their wedding day.
Our wedding will be in the early afternoon (very small, family only) followed by a luncheon, then pictures. At about 5:00pm, we will be sailing on our boat from downtown to where our wedding reception will be held (appx 60-90 minutes sail). So, what do I do with our family between the time of pictures and when we leave to sail (some of them may not wish to sail with us, and will likely meet us at the reception) and what do we do with our small (2 person) wedding party? I would like to have about an hour alone with my new husband before we head down to the boat.
So, i’m curious about how those of you who had weddings several hours before the reception handled the wedding party and guests, and how you were able to schedule in some time alone for the new couple.
Post # 3
Our alone time will be after the reception when our guests go home for the night! I think it’s tough for you to get an hour of alone time in the middle of the day unless you are providing some sort of activity for your guests (cocktail hour, city tour, something like that).
Post # 4
Are you trying to schedule the alone time between pictures and setting sail? If so, why don’t you just leave whatever location you are at and have people meet up at the dock where you’ll be sailing. If there is a place by the sailing point guests can gather and mingle, that would be ideal.
Our alone time was after the ceremony, during cocktail hour – when we were with our photog.
Post # 5
I’m seriously considering a morning ceremony, so that we can have the afternoon to do things together. I’d hate to barely see my own husband on our wedding day.
Post # 6
@oracle: I was thinking that, but not sure if I’m obligated to “entertain” or schedule stuff for people. Perhaps our Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man will want to head down to decorate the boat, and I do imagine a bit of a party might develop on the pier as several of our friends will likely bring their boats down to sail with us. As for the family that are attending the ceremony, I personally don’t see much wrong with after family pictures, sending them on their way to go home, freshen up, eat (it is a stand up cocktail reception with heavy hors d’ouerves) and head to the reception. I’m not sure if there’s some rule I’d be breaking there though.
Post # 7
we are leaving the ceremony alone in a 47 cadillac limo and then doing pictures alone for about 20 mins then pictures with wedding party, then leaving to the reception alone again in 47 limo. i thought about that too, im having a huge wedding against my wishes and i dont do “very” well in crowds, so this is my “take a deep breath” time. ill even arrive to the ceremony alone, just to give myself time to have absolute quiet and take a few deep breaths before saying “i do”
Post # 8
We’ve rented a Rolls Royce to take us home after. We got it for 2 hours, so we’re going to take a ride, have some champagne, and just enjoy each other.
ETA: Now that I’ve finished reading your post, I’m concerned that you may be overestimating the amount of spare time you’ll have between pictures and sailing. If you think they’ll take a certain amount of time, add another hour. For some reason, every wedding I’ve ever been in has gone over on the pictures.
Post # 9
@iammcdibble: I am hoping to have a photographer lined up by the middle of next month, and I can sort out with him/her how long photos should take. I really have no idea how much time to allot for that. Our ceremony time isn’t carved in stone at this point, so I can adjust as needed. I really think I want 30-60 minutes, alone in our suite, before heading to the reception. (though I am open to having the photog there).
How long do you think bride & groom photos should take?
Post # 10
If you’re only doing bride and groom pictures, maybe an hour to an hour and a half? Obviously more if you’re doing bridal party/family pictures too.
Post # 11
We didn’t have any alone time.. we spent the majority of our wedding mingling with our families.
We have the next 3 weeks purely alone together so we just enjoyed our wedding with our family and friends.