Post # 1
My Fiance is the religious one, and wants to be married in his church, by a priest etc. I was raised Catholic but I personally think organized religion is unnecessary, and as its important to him I’m OK with this…. But Im having issues with the timeline.
So we want to have a morning ceremony (which ive been told is about 45 mins to an hour long), and a 12-5 (afternoon) reception at a place about 20 minutes away from the church. And then an after party, but that has no bearing on church stuff. lol.
Anyway, I dont think we can have the ceremony any earlier than 9:30, but I’m worried that if its too early it will be too stressfull with getting ready and getting to the church in time for the ceremony and everything… We also want to have enough time to speak to our guests outside of the church AND take our pictures before the cocktail hour starts.
Has anyone else had an early church ceremony and an afternoon reception who can offer some advice or insight?
Post # 3
Are you planning on lots of pictures inbetween? I would say that 10 or 10:30 would work good.
Post # 4
Hmmm i see your dilemma. Im wondering if you can have your ceremony at 10 and push your reception back a half hour to start at like 12:30? Your ceremony could go from 10 to 11. then you can do your pics from 11 to 11 45. that would give you some time to get there and to socialize with your guests a bit before cocktail hour. It would make your morning routine a little more stressful to have it earlier. They told me to leave an hour for my hair appt so in your case it would be early.. like 8. If youre ok with getting ready that early lol. Im doing my own makeup but if youre having a makeup artist you would need to account for that as well. Your photographer can get pics of the wedding party ahead of time, before the ceremony so that wont eat up the time for family portraits and if you let everyone know ahead of time where to be and who to be in the photos that could iron out some wrinkles there. My photog said she needs like 20 minutes to do pics of just the groomsmen, and then will be with the girls to photograph me getting ready and then all of the girls. Then we are doing formal portraits in the space between ceremony and reception.