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 # 8
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
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!