A To-Do-List Before The Wedding

Timing with One Ceremony and Reception Site

Planning a wedding involves a number of elements, and couples often have various stops to make on their wedding day. Some couples feel that they do not have to worry about timing on their wedding day since they are having the ceremony and the reception at the same place. Still though, they must make sure that they arrive in enough time and that all of their bridal party members are assembled. On top of that, they want to ensure that they have time for the reveal.

When couples are married at the reception site, they often do a reveal before the ceremony. Traditionally, the bride and groom see each other for the first time when the bride walks down the aisle. Many ceremonies go right into cocktail hour, so if the couple chooses to do that, they miss their entire cocktail hour. Therefore, they opt for a reveal instead. The wedding videography and photographers capture the moment when the couple first sees each other even if it is not right when the bride walks down the aisle.


Couples who choose to do the reveal generally take pictures before the ceremony begins. Therefore, they need to plan out the time needed to get photos in and to have the ceremony start when it is supposed to. Some couples feel that their guests can wait for the ceremony to start, but that is not proper when guests have traveled and made special arrangements to attend the day. They should make a list of the shots that they want to take so that the photos can run a bit more quickly. They also must ask the site when they are allowed to arrive.

Beach Wedding

Some couples simply do not want to see each other before the ceremony. They have a few options. They can miss their cocktail hour, which would mean their immediate families, bridal party members and anyone else in the pictures would have to do the same. They could also opt for an extended cocktail hour so that they have some time. In either case, they will still have a somewhat truncated amount of time to take the photos. They could also host a separate gathering elsewhere while they go to take pictures and then ask everyone to return to the site later on for the cocktail hour. This arrangement would work particularly well for a wedding at a hotel or resort.