Post # 1
Our ceremony is at 3:00 I believe and ends at 3:30 (if this time is off it is only by a half an hour) When the ceremony is done we will have half an hour of pictures at our ceremony site while guests go on to our reception site, which is about a half an hour away. When they arrive there will be an hour of cocktails and hors d’oeurves and we will have to show up around fifteen minutes before this cocktail hour is over so they can introduce us to the guests and we can do our walk in. Dinner will start at 5 and be done at around 6:30 with dancing until midnight (or earlier.)
Does this sound too rushed? We thought about having an hour gap in between the ceremony and the cocktail hour but I’m afraid that our guests won’t know what to do for that half an hour, but I’m worried we’ll be rushed for photos (even if we do separate ones before the ceremony) if we want to go to other places besides just the ceremony location to take them. (the option to take the photos earlier is still there but we would do them separately so we wouldn’t be doing a first look.)
I just want to get others opinions on this whole thought process. I’m sorry if everything in this post seemed so scattered but I’m really just trying to picture everything in my head still.
Post # 3
I am having a 3 pm ceremony and it will also be over in about 30 min. Our reception will not start until 6pm. Pictures take a while and I know its a big gap but almost everyone is local.
Post # 4
@15happyyears:more than 75% will be from out of town/out of state/out of country.
Post # 5
I think the timing is fine. Don’t worry about them waiting to long without y’all… I’m sure they can have fun with each other. And if you need more time for pictures then it’s ok too. As long as they have a cocktail hour to keep them busy it will be fine. Perhaps the DJ can get them started too?
I don’t think the time should be too long though… the 3 and 6 one seems too long. I would be so bored in between and just want to get it over with. But every guest is different!
Post # 6
As much as guests dont like the gap between the ceremony and reception, they also need to realise that this is usually the only time for you to have your professional photos done.
These are the only thing you will have left to remind you of your special day and you dont want to feel rushed and left wishing you had more time for photos.
I would allow a bit longer between the ceremony finishing and the cocktails and hors d’oeurves (maybe an extra half an hour) – this would give guests a chance to not feel rushed to get the the reception site, and would also give you an extra half an hour for photos. If your photos do finish early, you could always join your guests for finger food before the official reception start.
5pm is quite early to start the dinner, especially if it will be finished by 6.30pm.
Post # 7
As an out-of-town guest, I would definitely find that extra time to be annoying. It is short enough that there isn’t time for the guests to go back to the hotel and freshen up…not enough time to do anything, really, other than stand around awkwardly waiting for the doors to open.