My FH and I are against seeing me before the ceremony so the only time to take pictures is right after it. We are having our ceremony and reception in the same building and I have no clue how long that would take. I orginally didn't want to have a cocktail hour because we are not serving alcohol, but then I realized our guests are going to be bored waiting for us and the food. Can I have the cocktail hour in the same place as the reception? Can I have a non alcoholic cocktail hour? We are expecting about 200 guests. Any one have any suggestions?
That's what I'm doing....our ceremony and reception are in 2 different places, but the "cocktail hour" will be the guests mingling and enjoying my chocolate fountain. Have your DJ play some easy music and have something there for the guests to do, maybe get the DJ to start them on some dances while they wait for you.
Sure, you can let the guests mingle and have non-alcoholic refreshments. You don't have to call it a cocktail hour, it can just be the beginning of the reception, which then goes into full swing when you and your new husband make your entrance.
How long photos will take depends on a lot of things, such as how big your wedding party & families are, any tricky lighting situations in the building and/or whether you're also going outdoors for some of the photos, and how fast your photographer works. I would definitely say to discuss it with your photographer and get an estimate of the time.
Thanks for the advice! FH is wanting mints and peanuts at each table (because all the weddings he has been to has had them) but I'm not having that. lol I guess we can just have something to munch on (other than mints and peanuts )while the dj plays some music until we get there.
An idea to keep the time after the ceremony shorter is to have the photographer take the pics before the ceremony that do not have you guys together, ie: him and the bridesmaids, you and the groomsmen, you and your bridesmaids, him and the groomsmen, you and your parents...
This way after the ceremony you only need to worry about the ones with you together.
Otherwise, no alchol should not be an issue. If it is hot out some nice cool flavored lemonade or italian soda's would taste good, and they can be a classy non-alcholic drink!!