Post # 1
My FH and are paying for a large portion of the wedding and reception ourselves, and are trying to keep costs down. Our ceremony is held in a chapel on the same property as our reception venue.
I am having most of our pictures taken before our wedding (excluding those involving my FH) to cut down waiting time. We’re not having a cocktail hour at the reception because it is only a heavy hors d’ouevres buffet and we’re not serving alcohol (family issue there).
What is something I can do for my guests to keep them entertained while we take photos that is not too expensive?
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Why not ask your guests to take photos of themselves? Get a bunch of disposable cameras, and request that they take photos while you’re taking photos? Depending on the wait time, it would still be nice to serve them something- maybe a punch, and a nacho bar or some other small appetizer.
Post # 4
I have heard of guests going straight into the reception and starting dinner without the bride and groom. I think it would be ok to have your guests go ahead and start with the hors d’ouevres without you if you don’t plan on being that long.
Post # 5
I am in the same situation!!!
I am having a small wedding of 60 and plan on d’ouevres and beer/soda being served while we take a few pictures with family after ceremony.
Is that tacky too have during the time they wait since I’m not paying for liquor?
Post # 6
If guests are going to the reception, they must be hosted, either with some of the apps you plan on serving or something else. Taking fun photos is an option, but since not all guests will be able to do that at the same time, you need an alternative. Make sure there is food and some type of beverage ready for the first guest to arrive.
Post # 7
I liked Miss Mink’s blog from today about arranging lawn games for the guests to play. I think you should def. try to organize something for them to do, since you’re staying in the same location. Provide punch, iced tea, or lemonade or whatever so they can still sip and mingle.
Post # 8
Give them nonalcoholic drinks (tea, lemonade, water) and a cheese tray with some veggies or fruit. I wouldn’t make them wait an hour with just this, but it should buy you enough time. Otherwise, do a first look.