- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015
Somebody please help me because my mother has a nervous breakdown and calls me a bridezilla any time she hears me say “wedding” ( my wedding is in 2 weeks, I’m not a bridezilla, and she’s going through a really tough time and a divorce right now so my wedding kind of brings all that to the forefront).
I was was filling out the itinerary that my photographer gave me to complete and I realized as I was filling it out that I do not have enough time between the ceremony and reception to get everything done, unless im willing to cut down photos to 30 minutes (I paid $3000 for photos and do not want to have to rush through them).
My ceremony is 3-4
4:00-4:15 – receiving line (this is something I’d like to eliminate and do table visits instead, but my mom insists on it and you can’t reason or compromise with her)
4:15-4:30 – pictures inside the church
4:30-4:55 – traveling to reception
4:55 – 5:30 – group pictures outside venue, bride & groom pics
5:30 – cocktail hour ends and bride and groom must enter for announcements, first dance, etc.
Based on this timeline, I have 35 minutes to take group pictures and bride and groom portraits. I need some help with solutions.
I’ve spoken to the caterer and she says I can add an extra half hour of hors d’ouevres for $8 per person. I don’t have that money.
She also said I could create a sign and post it downstairs in the reception venue saying that cocktail hour begins at 5:00 pm (our invitations said half past four). I really want to do this to give us an extra half hour for travel/photos but I also don’t want angry guests. But I’m thinking, if we do the receiving line that my mom is insisting on, by the time guests are done chatting and get to their cars, they may not make it to the venue until 4:45 anyways. We could put a note in our programs, invite our guests to cocktail hour at 5 at the end of our ceremony, and post the sign at the venue.
Or I could eliminate photos at the church and get to the venue by 4:40 and have 50 minutes for photos. But then I’m missing some important pictures.
I could do first look photos but that would disappoint me because I am traditional in the way that I really want to see my grooms reaction as I walk down the aisle to him.
Ugh. What do I do? Would it be horrible to postpone the cocktail hour by 30 minutes?