Post # 1
I am getting married on a Saturday in June, and having a rabbi officiate. The rabbi will not do the ceremony before 7 pm, but we have to be out of the venue by around 10:30 pm (family friend’s home in residential neighborhood). So we are going to do things a little bit backwards, and start around 5 pm and do the cocktail hour and potentially dinner before the ceremony, then the ceremony, dessert and dancing. Has anyone had experience with doing it this order? Any recommendations or tips?
Alternatively, we could do only the cocktail hour beforehand, and do dinner afterwards, but that would leave about 1-1/2 hours for straight dancing, versus 2 if we do dinner before the ceremony.
Anyone have any thoughts on this ??
Post # 3
I attended a wedding where they had cocktail hour before the ceremony, and it was really nice! A very casual wedding and probably one of my favourite Ive attended so far. Everyone just relaxed and spent time together and then they announced it was time for the ceremony, we gathered around and then ate dinner as soon as it was done.
I also like your idea of doing dessert after the ceremony. That would give you a lot more time to dance. Plus if you want to do speaches you can do them during dessert as well.
Post # 4
i love that idea! Everyone will be a bit more relaxed after having a drink and a nibble. Also love the intimacy and drama of an evening wedding.
Post # 5
You could probably get alot of pictures out of the way too! I think for the situation, this timeline really makes sense.
Post # 7
thanks all for your input! it’s comforting to hear people react positively to this!