Are Your Guests (Impatiently) Waiting for You?

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So, a friend of mine attended a wedding recently (Note: I was in no way involved with the aforementioned soiree.), and was appalled at the amount of time she and the other guests waited at the reception venue for the bride and groom to arrive. The invitations stated that the reception would immediately follow the ceremony, so naturally, everybody hightailed it over to the second location.

They were seated immediately, and anxiously anticipated the newlyweds’ arrival….which occurred two hours later. During this time the guests were not provided refreshments, they tried their best to make small talk and convince each other not to leave.

Your wedding is the first event that you and your spouse host as a couple, is this how you want your guests to remember it? Many couples have their photos taken between the ceremony and reception, that is “tradition”. However, when it comes to your big day, your and your betrothed should dictate how it should go, not some old rules.

If your decision is to have your photos done before the reception, cool, but consider how long your guests will be waiting. And to keep you from being rushed, consider a cocktail hour at the reception location.

Another option is to do your wedding shoot on another day (yes, it’s allowed!). Consider this, it’s already a hectic day with preparations,inevitable emergencies, walk down the aisle, vows, kiss, reception, etc., why not have the photos done on another day, when you’re both relaxed, thus giving you an opportunity to wear the dress again (*wink*).

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