- 3 years ago
- Wedding: January 2015
We are having a Catholic ceremony (without communion), starting at 3 p.m.
I figure the ceremony won’t actually start until about 3:15 and will be about 45 minutes long.
That puts the ceremony ending at 4 pm-ish. If we do some family photos at the church, that will go until about 4:15.
The reception hall is walking distance – just a block over – from the church. We aren’t doing a first look so we will be using 45 minutes to an hour in between to do photos with the photgrapher.
So, we are looking at getting to the reception at about 5/5:15 (us and the bridesmaids and groomsmen) for introductions.
We have the DJ for five hours. I’m debating on if we should have him start at 4:30 (4:30 – 9:30) for when guests start trickling in, or if we should have him start at 5 (5 – 10), when the reception will actually be starting and just have an ipod going from 4-5 for when guests get into the cocktail hour. My thing is, if he starts at 4:30, he will only be playing background music for that time, but if we have him 5-10, he’ll be playing music and keeping the party going. But my fiance’s mom mentioned that 5-10pm was a long time for a reception, and we may not need him for that long (we have about 1/2 older guests, 1/2 our friends/younger family).
I don’t know, it’s 30 minutes so I realize it’s not a huge deal, I’m just wondering if anyone has experiences and wishes they’d done it differently or what they thought worked best?