Hi everyone! We are just in the beginning of planning but I haven’t been able to find anyone in a similar situation in the threads. Essentially we are having a “private” ceremony with about 20 guests, and my in laws’ house. The reception is at a different location, where we will have approximately 65-75 guests.
My fiancé does not want to do a first look, so pictures between the ceremony and reception are a must. We also want to be able to check into our hotel between the ceremony and reception so that out things are there when we arrive. Our hotel is on the Blue Ridge Parkway and has stunning views, so we thought about taking pictures there as well. We are thinking that we will need 2-2.5 hours for photos and the drive time.
It seems like most timelines we’ve seen include a late ceremony followed by a reception.
If we want our cocktail hour to start at 5 o’clock, what should we plan for our ceremony?? Is it weird to have such an early ceremony, even though it’s private?