Post # 1
Okay Hive, I have a dilemma regarding the times for my ceremony/reception.
First things first: I’m getting married in Februray 2010 and the sun sets right around 5:55 pm and the ceremony (in a chapel) and reception (in a ballroom) are held at the same location (local hotel that I LOVE).
Dilemma: There are only two time blocks available for the ceremony/chapel, which are non-negotiable. Here are my ideas/pros/cons to both:
2-4 pm: Set up from 2-3. Get married at three. Ceremony over at 3:30. Take pictures in chapel till 4. Cocktail hour from 3:30-4:30. Have an Early Bird dinner at 4:30? BLAH! I mean really, who wants to have a full dinner that early? Even if we push it to 5 (which means people will be super antsy for it to begin), it’s still early!
5-7 pm: set up at five. Get married at 5:30. Ceremony over at six. Rush and take as many pictures as possible before the light is gone (FI and I aren’t too keen on doing a "first look" preceremony). Cocktail from 6-7; dinner at seven.
Can you guys offer any advice or ideas? I’m stressing over this and need to make a desicion by next week before we sign the contract.
Post # 3
Would you be willing to skip the photos inside the chapel? I see that you’re in NM so outdoor photos aren’t going to be too cold. What about having the ceremony 3:30-4:00 …. and then not starting the coctail hour until 5 … 5-6 cocktail …. then the reception you can do all the "formalities" (introductions, first dances, speeches) until about 6:30 then dinner can start then, and that’s definitely not too early!
That’s tough though, I know cause I am doing a winter wedding in Boston where it will not only be dark but freeeeezing 🙂
Post # 4
Well, my answer would be do the later time, but do pictures first. I know that’s not what you want to do, but I do think that 5 is way too early for dinner. Could you do the majority of your family/attendant pictures before, then do limited pictures of the two of y’all after? Maybe do a day-after shoot at the hotel for pics of the two of you in the bright sun? I would go late and do pics before, but that’s me.
Post # 5
@Humarockbride: I love that idea, but we have to have everything starting right after each other since it’s all at the same location. Our guests wouldn’t really have anything to do but linger at the hotel if we don’t. It can still get pretty darn frigid here, so I’m just crossing my fingers it’ll be warm enough to snap some pictures quickly.
@KateMW: that’s a really good idea about doing a "day after" shot. I haven’t thought about that!
Post # 6
- Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception
We got married this February and ran into the same problem. it sort of depends on the mood of your ceremony and reception. Are you going for a laid back type of feel or more formal? Ours was pretty formal, so we chose the 6 o’clock time slot. We took as many photos as we could after, and had a day-after photo shoot with just the two of us. Honestly, the day after photos were so great because we were super relaxed and there was no pressure with timing and lighting so we could do what we wanted. I would suggest having the later time slot so there isn’t a large gap between ceremony and reception. good luck:)