Post # 1
I am just having the most difficult time deciding when to start my reception. Details are listed below
- Ceremony will start at 3:30 P.M. I assume it should last thirty minutes and then thirty more minutes to greet guests and make our exit
- Fiancé and I have decided to break with tradition and see each other before the ceremony. We will take most of the pictures before the ceremony, including photos with family and bridal party
- The only pictures I think we will need to take at the church is pictures with my fiancé’s grandparents and maybe just a few formal portraits
- The reception hall is thirty minutes away from church
- We will have a small selection of appetizers and a milk/cookie bar for our guests before dinner
- Is it okay to put 5:00 on our invites and we show up at 5:30?
- So the question is… should the reception be at 5:00, 5:30, or 6:00?
Post # 3
Reception should begin at 5:30. Otherwise I think your guests might get antsy.
Post # 4
Do you have to put a specific time on the invites? Meaning, could you just say: Reception to immediately follow?
That gives you a little more wiggle room with start time, ceremony length and any last minute or group pictures.
Post # 5
I have been leaning towards 5:30. Is it okay to put Reception To immediately follow if I am not sure exactly what time we will get to the church?
Post # 6
@sassycat494: yes, it is fine. Here’s the thing – it really depends on how much time at the reception YOU want. If you want to be there for the pre-dinner food and mingling, then I’d state a specific time. If you are ok with missing some of it and/or missing it all and just making a grand entrance before dinner, then it doesn’t matter. Usually when i see a time stated on the invite, I think there’s going to be a gap between the ceremony and the reception.
Post # 7
I would just put the ceremony time and then “reception to follow at (reception venue)”
That way you don’t have to worry about it
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for all of you help. I think I will put reception to follow that way we don’t have to worry so much!