Post # 1
After speaking with our photographer and being told to allocate 1.5 hours for photos in between the ceremony and reception we are wondering what the hell they do for an hour and a half??
Our ceremony and reception are all in the same place, and there will be a bar and somewhere for them to mingle.. But no canapes or anything as we want a sit down meal and the budget doesn’t allow for both. The only kids that will be there are my brothers sisters and we are going to do up goodie bags with colouring books and snacks and stuff to keep them entertained, so they are sorted. I just feel like I need to do something else for the adults so they aren’t bored?
Post # 3
Between something like a photo booth, your guest book, drinks and some music- your guests should be able to get along for an hour without you.
Post # 4
Would you be willing to do some photos before the ceremony, such as first look, if you’re concerned about the gap?
Are you providing the drinks from the bar? An hour and a half isn’t too much but it’s on the cusp when you’re just standing around with drinks and then to finally be seated and maybe wait through speeches and etc before dinner might make guests impatient.
Post # 5
we are having a photobooth and cocktail time at our place of reception. plus, out of town guests who will be staying in town is only a matter of seconds away from the church and reception area.
Post # 6
Can you do some photos beforehand? That might cut it down to an hour, and then it can just be during cocktail hour. Even if you don’t want a first look, you could do bride w/ bridesmaids, groom w/groomsman, bride with immediate family, groom with immediate family etc.
We did a first look and did all of our pictures before the ceremony. That way, we got to spend cocktail hour with the guests, which was really nice!
Post # 7
We a having cornhole and ladder golf. We also will have our guestbook displayed pretty prominently during this time, and are setting up iPads with photo slideshows.
Post # 8
Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
We are having photos taken before the ceremony as well.. Myself with the bridesmaids and the groom and groomsmen. But it will still apparently take an hour and a half?
Guest book and a photo slideshow are good ideas 🙂
We are having a tab on the bar, and once thats used up its BYO as we don’t want everyone drunk so its a way to slow things down..
I’m not to worried about them getting hungry as I want to have the entree before we do speeches or anything as I know my Fiance gets grumpy when hungry lol – best to keep him fed 🙂