Post # 1
My Fiance and I are having pictures taken around the city we’re being married in after the ceremony. The ceremony should be over around 4… then receiving line outside the church… then pictures. Our reception begins at 6:30. We have a bridal suite for when we get to the reception venue where they will bring us cocktails and hors d’ouevres.
Is it odd that I don’t want that?? That I would really just love to walk around and talk to all of our guests and also enjoy that time with them?? I know traditionally no one would see us until we get introduced after cocktail hour… idk… I just want to make the most of our time.
Anyone else have or had that same feeling??
Post # 3
@Mrs.GtoBe: I attended my own cocktail hour because I really wanted to.
We actually didn’t even do an introduction into our reception. We just showed up about halfway through cocktail hour when we were done with photos. And I’m so glad we did, it was nice to have more time to mingle with our guests.
Post # 4
Have you considered a “first look” so that you can do pictures before the ceremony? That’s pretty much the standard answer. Sorry.
Post # 5
I am doing Pre ceremony pictures so my guest aren’t awaiting the arrival of us. We are having our ceremony and reception in a hall but in seperate rooms. After ceremony we are taking a few pictures with family then on to cocktail hour with the guests (if enough time) or straight on to dinner/reception.
Post # 6
I’m planning on attending my cocktail hour. I have a huge catholic gap to get all the pictures out of the way. Like you, I want to mingle with my guests.
Post # 7
I attended our own cocktail hour and still did introductions at dinner. It was fine!
Post # 8
I would highly recommend going to the bridal suite first to drop off your stuff as well as scarff down as many appetizers as you can. It may be the only chance you get to eat the whole night. I passed on the cocktail hour food because I had stupidly chosen food that was too difficult to eat neatly.
I also second the first look suggestion.
Post # 9
I plan to attend most of the cocktail hour. Hell, all that food I picked out for it looks GOOD. And I want to see the space with all the people mingling! And I really want to greet a lot of people then so I can sit through my dinner and enjoy my dancing without having to spend 3 hrs walking from table to table to say hi (we’re skipping the receiving line, I hate those)
Post # 10
We’re doing as many pictures as we can w/ our respective sides of the bridal party (and a first look) before the ceremony, which starts at 7. we’re hoping to do about another half-hour of post-ceremony pics and we’re getting our asses to the cocktail hour!! I have no interest in being ushered back into hiding until our announcement. We have live bluegrass for our cocktail hour, and I am SO excited about that. Plus, our ceremony is outside infront of a lake that is a couple hundred yards away from the pavilion where our reception will be. From where we take pictures, we can clearly watch the cocktail hour taking place…what’s the point in hiding? We’re still doing introductions, but it’s not like I need or want it to be a surprise.
Post # 11
Also, this (greeting and getting all of that out of the way)
Post # 12
We’re not having a first look, we’re going to do pictures post ceremony (fairly quickly)and then spend as much time mingling at cocktail hour as possible (including having the photog take pictures of us with the guests). I love a good cocktail hour and don’t plan on missing my own! We’ll still have an introduction probably although I don’t really like the attention of it, but we had a long journey to get where we are and think we should recognize us finally being married!!
edited to add – it will also get a lot of mingling out of the way so I can party later
Post # 13
I would want to attend my own cocktail hour
Post # 14
Thanks so much for all the responses…
I think I’m gonna have to take this up with the Fiance later… 🙂
He wants to stay traditional… I want to party with our guests. I think I can persuade him.
Post # 15
Usually, if brides and grooms don’t do a first look, they take pics during cocktail hour – that way guests don’t have to wait around a church or outside a venue for an hour until the reception starts. Does your reception time allow for guests to arrive as soon as the wedding is over and they have gone through the receiving line?
I’d definitely recommend at least taking a 5 minute breather in the bridal suite – hydrate and feed yourselves. No bride wants to faceplant during intros because she had too much champagne and little else! (True story from a friend who works in catering).
Post # 16
We’re doing a first look before the ceremony mainly because we will be enojying cocktail hour with our guests and still have a formal intriduction when we walk into the reception space (different room across the hall from cocktail hour). Id like to make the most of the night since it will probably fly by and cocktail hour seems fun!