(Closed) timing of events… need opinions and share your experience

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1870 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@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
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 # 7
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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 🙂

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