Post # 1
I need some help/ideas/thoughts on this. We are likely walking from the church to the reception (7 min walk) but I feel like its going to be awkward when we exit the church and nothing happens (cant throw anything, no sparklers, and I’m not a huge fan of ribbon wands…). We also want to take a few photos right after the ceremony. Will it be weird? how do I avoid the awkward ‘okay, you guys go ahead, were gunna hang out here’…..?
help! ideas please! (side note – if its too hot we may take a car – would it be better to just plan on that instead?).
Post # 3
@kaitnicole: When I did wedding coordination we dealt with this all the time. Here’s what you do:
- Walk down the aisle together after the pastor announces you as husband and wife.
- Hide. Find a room or sneak around the back or go back to the rooms where you changed. But get out of view of all the guests that are exiting. Bonus is that you get a few minutes alone with your new hubby.
- Have all your wedding party out in the front of the church directing everyone to the reception.
- When all (or most) of the guests have left for the reception you can come out of hiding and do the picutres.
- Head to the reception youreslves. Comfy shoes seem like a good plan.
Post # 4
I say just take a car. That will take care of any awkwardness, and you won’t have to worry about getting sweaty/dirty/dusty.
Post # 5
Our church also prohibits throwing rice, birdseed, confetti, flower petals, etc., anything that will litter the ground … but you can get around this with bubbles, if you want your guests to do something as you exit. Otherwise, PP’s suggestion about hiding out and assigning someone to direct everyone to walk over to the reception is a good one.