Post # 1
wasn’t sure where to post this, but anyway.. how much time did you leave between ceremony and reception? Did it work? How many bees had receptions that started a little late? Did you have enough time for pics? We are not doing a first look (think that’s what it’s called).
We are thinking 4:30 ceremony, 6pm dinner (at a restaurant).. should we build in some cushion time for pics (and the unexpected) and start at 4 instead? I guess we could add a cocktail hour? The sites are about a 5-10 min drive apart.
Post # 3
@hgail: I can’t say from experience as a bride, but as a guest, I think that the limit for cocktail hour is 90 minutes. And that’s sort of pushing it. 60-75 is more the norm. Hope that helps!
Post # 4
Ask your photographer approximately how long it takes for pictures. They should be able to give you a time estimate. How long is your ceremony expected to be? I would add a cocktail hour if possible. I’ve been to some weddings that were a far drive from our house and had a big gap in between, and it was frustrating to sit around or try to find somewhere to go in an unfamiliar town.
Post # 5
Can the restaurant give your guests drinks and apps while you’re doing post-ceremony pictures? Otherwise, with the two locations being so close, will they just be cooling their heels at the restaurant for a while with nothing to do? I guess you can try to put yourself in your guest’s shoes starting at the time your ceremony starts. What are the guests doing at each point in time? Are you leaving them to fend for themselves for decent chunks of time?
You probably want to allow at least 1 hr for pictures if you aren’t taking any couple pictures before the ceremony. A cocktail hour is a great way to allow yourself that time without abandoning your guests.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies. I agree that I don’t want to make people sit around for too long.. everyone is from out of town. I can’t see the ceremony taking more than a half hour. so it might look like this:
4:30 – 5 ceremony
5 – 6 travel time, cocktails for guests (restaurant opens at 5), pics for us
6pm dinner starts
I’m just hoping that pics won’t take too long.. our photgrapher said she’d like at least an hour (she would like more time than that I think).
Post # 7
One way to help out with picture time after the ceremony is to get some pictures done before. You and your Bridesmaid or Best Man, groom and Groomsmen, you with your family, groom with his. This way after it’s only pictures of you and groom, and then the ones with all family. You can also do Bridesmaid or Best Man with groom and you with Groomsmen if you think everyone can keep their mouths shut about what you look like 🙂