Post # 1
So, I’m having a Friday evening wedding and both the ceremony and reception will take place at the same location (hotel). The ceremony will begin at 6:30 and end at 7 with cocktail hour to follow. My concern is when to start the dinner, without it being too late. I like the idea of taking pictures pre ceremony but my fiance and I don’t want to see eachother before I walk down the isle.
Shall we attemp to cut down cocktail hour to 30 minutes and begin reception at 7:30?
Have a full hour of cocktail hour and begin the reception at 8?
Post # 3
@jalaskezy: If you have a cocktail hour that involves appetizers/food, I wouldn’t worry about it. My dinner doesn’t start until 8:30 but our cocktail hour will have eats to tide people over.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada
if you have food and drinks during cocktail hour, a later dinner wil be fine. I would also say that you need to consider how long you will need for photos since you are not taking them before, and 30 min will not be e ought from what I have been told and we have small wedding and small family. Also, it might be good to check out when sunset is around the time you get married as if you loose the light, it will effect your photos too.
We have a 6pm ceremony and dinner is served at 8pm, but we are doing a first look before e ceremony as I don’t want to risk looking the light as light is so important for beautiful photos. This way we can also have a moment to ourselves after the ceremony and then join our guests for cocktail hour.
Post # 5
I will be doing a Friday evening wedding as well. Starting at 5 but the cocktail hour won’t start until 7 so dinner probably will be served around 8:30/9pm. I think what you have is reasonable since honestly these days people don’t eat until later anyways. If your cocktail hour has a good amount of food then you should be good.