Post # 1
I am getting married on Sept 9th in IL , the ceremony will take place an hour away from where the reception will take place at. Most guests if not all live around the ceremony place. I cant seem to figure out whats best to do when it comes to ceremony time and pictures then reception. My fiance does not want to do a first look thing , so he doesnt want to see me until I walk down the isle. The park that we will take place at is very close to the reception place.
I need enough time for us to take pictures at church then drive to the reception/park place which will take an hour then to get there and take pictures at the park then start the party.
What’s the best time-line to do for this wedding??
What I came up with so far is
4:30 pm pictures at church /outside
5pm leave to reception/park
6pm get to park and take pictures
I will need to change my veil to headpeice
7pm cocktail hour?
Post # 3
looks fine to me (from the perspective of pictures.) are you also serving dinner?
Post # 4
Yes , I will be serving dinner
Post # 5
Usually the cocktail hour is going on while you’re taking photos, so the guests have something to do and something to eat/drink while they’re waiting for you to finish photos and get the actual reception started. If your guests leave the ceremony location at about 5 and arrive at the reception venue about 6, what are they going to be doing until 7?
Post # 6
your cocktails should start when your guests arrive at the ceremony location (530 — your guests wont wait around while you take pics at the church). you can have a cocktail hour and a half if you like. good luck!
Post # 7
I agree with the other posts… the cocktail hour is for quests so they arent bored out of their minds while you take pictures…
Have you thought about taking most of the pictures before the ceremony?
For instance, you can take all the ones of you and your bridesmaids, etc. (all the ones that arent the bride/groom together) ahead of time that way you dont have to extend it any longer than necessary.