Post # 1
Trying to figure out what time to set the wedding, reception, etc.
I was thinking of doing a 5 oclock wedding, we’re Baptist so it’d be pretty short ‘n sweet, (45 min) so 5-545, then the reception venue is 15 miles away so the people would get there around 615. (giving them a little time cushion for the lollygaggers lol)
So do we do a cocktail hour for 30 minutes while the bridal party takes pictures around downtown and have the reception start at 645-7, and then the bridal party show up at 730 or should we have it start at 630 and just give the bridal party take pictures quickly and get to the reception ASAP?
I guess the question I’m asking is, how is everyone else doing it?! I have no clue, I’ve only ever been to like two weddings so I don’t know what’s “normal.” Thanks for the help ladies!
Post # 3
@LoveMySailor1018: I don’t think 30 minutes is enough time for pictures. I would give yourself at least an hour, maybe 1.5 hours.
What about this:
Cocktail hour: 4:30-6:00
Reception: 6:00 on
That gives you enough time for pictures (assuming you stay in the area and don’t have to travel far), and you might even get to join the last few minutes of cocktail hour.
Post # 4
Are you sure that wouldn’t be too long of a cocktail hour? I guess if I put it on the invites that the cocktail hour is from 430-6 and the actual reception doesn’t start till 6, people could show up whenever they want and not have to be there for the whole cocktail hour?
Thank you for the help!! =]
Post # 5
Well your reception venue is 15 miles away, so by the time people get to their cars, drive there, find parking, it will be 4:30-5:00. So cocktail hour will be either 1 or 1.5 hours.
I’m assuming your cocktail hour and reception are in the same spot, right? Why not just write “cocktail hour and reception immediately to follow”.
Post # 6
Mine is all happening in the same place (a historic hotel) – Smaller ballroom for ceremony, balcony for cocktails, bigger ballroom for reception. We also want to do a first look, so we don’t have our guests sitting around doing nothing while we are taking pics. And I of course want to be able to enjoy cocktail hour in our little private suite!
4 pm ceremony (not sure if we will be starting at 4 or 4:15, but this should be ~30 mins)
5 pm – 6 pm cocktails
6 pm – 11 pm reception
Post # 7
@Bostongrl25: yes, the reception venue has a little bar outside the actual reception room where guests can wait until the reception starts. So would I provide some sort of finger-food snacks while they wait and have it be a cash bar? Or is polite to have to pay for the cocktails?
Post # 8
@LoveMySailor1018: to determine the length of your cocktail hour, i would check with your photographer to find out how much time they will need to take the pictures you will be requesting. it will depend on the size of wedding party and number of family members. (more people = more time needed)
i agree with bostongrl25. have “cocktails and reception immediately to follow”. as for the cocktail hour, i would suggest a few nibbles for your guests. veggie platter, cheese platter or something passed. if this wasn’t originally in your wedding budget, check with your caterer for some suggestions on budget-friendly hors d’ouvres. to drink, punches are budget-friendly as well.
congratulations and good luck!!
Post # 9
@LoveMySailor1018: when I talked to my photographer, they told me pictures would take about 2.5 hours! I don’t want my guests to be bored. Luckily, they’ll be able to check into the hotel, eat some snacks, enjoy a drink or two (no alcohol at this point), check out the museum (on site) and the waterfalls (on site as well!) so, I hope they can keep themselves entertained a bit. We’ll set up some lawn games, too!
I don’t think half an hour will be enough time for photos (like preveiously mentioned). I would ask your photographer! 🙂 Good luck!