Those moments after the wedding ceremony can be intense: You're emotional, excited, and maybe a little relieved, and there are 150 people who just can't wait to talk to you. It can be easy to get overwhelmed! The best way to take in the moment is to step away for a little while, then come back to your guests when you're ready to party. If you want to keep the energy up, just in a slightly smaller group, can you bring your wedding party with you for a mini-celebration before the fun really begins? Here's what our experts think.
We're all for having a few moments with just your wedding party after the ceremony. After all, they've supported you throughout your relationship (and, you know, through the wedding-planning process!) and it's a great time to thank them and celebrate with the people you're closest with. Those post-ceremony moments are also a great time to get in some more group photos with your photographer!
You might head to a separate room at your venue (such as a hotel's meeting room or your suite upstairs), or pop down to the lobby bar as guests make their way to cocktail hour. Make sure your caterer has set aside some appetizers for the group, and that you've got a few specialty cocktails on-hand!
You could also go for a drive around town, either in a shuttle you booked to transport guests or in a vehicle booked just for the wedding party. If you're locals, you might have a favorite bar you want to visit for a drink, which will make that spot you love even more special!
Just remember to have someone keep an eye on the clock — a 20 or 30 minute break is totally fine: Your guests will barely even notice while they're scoping out the appetizer situation, and you can make an informal entrance when you get back. Just try not to be away for much longer than that, especially if the rest of the timeline is dependent on you. Chances are guests will be hungry, and you won't want dinner bumped back from 6:45 to 8pm because your celebratory joyride lasted a little too long!