Post # 1
In your opinion, what’s the ideal amount of time to leave in between the ceremony and reception, and why?<br /><br />
What I’m working with:
- Both venues are close to each other and the hotels (it’s downtown fort worth)
- We want enough time for pictures, but refuse to miss our cocktail hour!
Thanks, ladies! xo
Post # 2
Take pictures before the ceremony. This way your make up will still be perfect incase you cry walking down the asile.
Our ceremony will end around 4/4:15 and our reception is about 15 minutes away. We’ll have a receiving line but the cocktail hour will start at 5 and go until 6(ish).
Post # 3
I think you’re going to have to miss some of your cocktail hour if you want pictures and time to transition.
You really should have cocktail hour for your guests during the entire time. And then you can come in late.
Post # 4
Agree PP, take pictures before. I kind of think you are also over looking the issue why cocktail hours were kind of brought about. Back in the day, even late 90’s when I married the first time. The couple would not only take photos after the ceremony but do a long line of greetings before doing all this. By the time my ex-husband and I got to eat everyone else was done doing so and about ready to leave. We had to ruch through cutting the cake and such to be able to actually eat alone. Never the less, the cocktail hour was brought about to keep this from happening and allow the guests to be able to have a little something to snack on and mingle without just having to stand around while waiting on the bride and groom to not miss the reception. So, are you going to have a pre-cocktail hour now?
Post # 5
Ideally? I’d like to go straight from the ceremony to the reception.
We did a first look and all the formal portraits before the ceremony, but still ended up doing photos for almost the entire cocktail hour.
Post # 6
I did not even think about my “after-cry” makeup! I’m now currently trying to convince my fiance to do the “first look” ..he was so dead set on not seeing me until I walked through the church doors so that’s why I wanted to ask. thanks for making me think of that!!
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2015 - Versailles Banquets (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
I really do not like waiting in between the ceremony and reception. My ideal wedding would go; ceremony, 1-1:30 cocktail ‘hour’ and then reception. If you want good pictures, without having to worry about missing your cocktail hour, do the first look. We are doing that and are budgeting almost 3 hours for pictures of first look and bridal party before we even get to the venue to do family pictures. Our photographer told us that the time between ceremony and reception is simply not enough to get the photos we want and we’d be taking our family and bridal party away from the cocktail hour.
Post # 8
My ideal wedding to attend is one without a gap.
They’re pretty inconvenient and I think you lose a lot of the momentum and excitement when you leave your ceremony and your guests for hours.
Post # 9
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
We’re having a full hour for our cocktail hour which I really like, but I don’t really plan on us being there for most of it either. I don’t really understand how people can take pictures before the wedding unless it’s a first look? Otherwise the groom would see the bride in her dress and all that hullabaloo. Anyway, we are having a first look, but since it’s just for me and Fiance and we’re having a morning wedding there wouldn’t be time for photos with the family and everyone before it all started anyway. I don’t mind missing cocktail hour, I’ll have the rest of the reception to mingle, see my family and eat.
Post # 10
what don’t you understand about people taking pictures before the wedding?
many just don’t care about the groom not seeing the bride before walking down the aisle. I mean if you’re ok having a first look its basically the same thing…just longer and involves the families and wedding parties at the end.
It’s just more practical to get photos done with, allows you more time with your guests (which is the whole point of the wedding IMO, otherwise we could have just gone to the court house), and allows you to enjoy your own festivities without rushing through pictures.
Post # 11
Is there any way you could do your first look at the church? Basically a mock “him at the alter you walking down the aisle”? You would be able to get pictures in the church and then do formals anywhere you’d like.
Post # 12
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
I did explain why, because a lot of people (as discussed on this board in the many first look v no first look threads) DO care about the bride and groom seeing each other before the ceremony, so for some couples it just really isn’t an option to get all of the photos done before everything starts.Not to mention that while some people are okay with a first look, they might want to keep it a special time just between them and their spouse without including a ton of other guests. And then, also as mentioned, some times there just isn’t time to have a first look with everyone included.
And while it’s awesome to spend time with my guests and I definitely want them there with me on that day, the first and formost thing on my mind on my wedding will be being with my new husband at a beautiful spot that genuinely means something special to us, not a courthouse.
Post # 13
The reason I’m refusing to miss my cocktail hour is because all of our friends and family are from NJ and we’re in TX now. I want to spend as much time with them as possible. So I think the first look is definitely best for us. We’re going to take all the pics beforehand too.
Thanks everyone!!! xo
Post # 14
We have a bit of a gap between the ceremony and cocktail hour start time- i think for us that works. We have a lot of people traveling that day- [1-2 hrs] prior to the ceremony and logistically they will be able to go from the church to the hotel, check in and get ready and then get on the shuttle to the reception! that makes sense for us. i agree with you and i dont want to miss the cocktail hour either 😉
id map out the day for your guests and then decide on a timeline!
Post # 15
We did pictures during cocktail hour and missed it and that was the plan. I always consider the cocktail hour to be to keep the guests entertained before the bride and groom arrive.