I totally understand what you mean. I was having a tough time deciding too. Since the ceremony will be at 1, we'll be done at about 2 and then do the civil ceremony. That's only going to be like 20 minutes. After wards, we're still debating on having a cocktail hour because of the gap and then also because I can't justify spending the extra money for a cocktail hour when we can just go up to a bar and get a drink since it's an all inclusive resort. If we decide to do the cocktail hour, I'm thinking we'll either do it right after the civil ceremony or at 5, right before the dinner/reception. We wanted to still catch some of the day light time to take pictures on the beach and stuff so with the time gap, we're going to go do that and probably break away from the cocktail hour for some sunset shots. I also wanted to go out of the hotel resort with our photographer to take some city shots. Might as well take adavantage of the time gap -- of course, we'll only do this if we don't do the cocktail hour.
As for the reception time, we've extended it another hour. I didn't think 3 hours was going to be enough time so our reception/dinner will be from 6-10. I wanted it later but we can only get it till 10PM. The only place you can have it till later is in the ballroom. We didn't want to go that route.
I think that if your guests are ok with it, then I say do the 1 PM. Either way you look at it, it's going to suck. You might just find a neat/cool way to utilize that time gap for something fun or something. I wouldn't feel bad about it though. Just make the best of it
Originally Posted by wanda
I can see why you changed it to 1pm. I don't like feeling rushed either. I still can't decide. See I was really hoping to have our pictures taken at around sunset so the pictures would look nice and also we wouldn't be as hot. What time will you be taking your pictures if you're ceremony is at 1pm?
I wonder how the guests will feel if they have to wait a couple of hours while we're taking pictures. I mean it's not that comfortable to be dressed up in hot weather. People are telling me it's not a big deal but I feel bad about it.
Also our reception is only 3 hours, but we're thinking of adding an additional hour so it would be from 6-9 (or 10) but do you think that's too early to end it?