(Closed) Timing for ceremony/reception help!!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Usually, people in your situation will make this gap a Cocktail hour

Post # 4
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you aren’t having a cocktail reception, I would suggest either doing your photos before the ceremony (first look and formal shots)  or if that’s not something you’re into and you have the ability to do so – make your reception a little later…

You’ll need to inform your guests what time the reception begins.  I’ve seen some websites/invites in my wedding blog reading that even put a map with the couples favorite places nearby saying something like ‘while you’re waiting for the reception to begin, check out abc, blah blah blah’. 

You could certainly do that without changing your start time, but it’s been in my experience that a short block of time will mean almost all of your guests will show up at your reception venue immediately anyway.

Depending on what your venue is, ask them – if you have a coordinator there they should have suggestions.  Extending your cocktail reception/a bar in a different area they can go to or something else depending on the set up of the venue.

Good luck!

Post # 5
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d have the DJ come at the requested time, but maybe play ‘dinner/cocktail music’ rather than trying to get the party going. Even if your guest are waiting around for you, it’s much nicer to wait and mingle with some background music than silence.

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