I'm looking for some timeline advice for our May, 2023 wedding! We are trying to work the wedding day timeline backwards and to do so, I am wondering how late is too late for the couple's reception entrance?
We will be having a one hour to one and a half hour cocktail hour at the same venue; there is the possibility to do the cocktail hour in the same room as the reception, or to do it in a separate room. We do want to maximize the time of the cocktail hour because there will be lots of food!
We are contemplating a few timelines (still haven't decided on first look or not, church ceremony or not) and one of them would mean that the bridal party reception entrance would only be at 8:00pm, which sounds too late to me but I am not sure! Looking for some advice.
The other timelines make the entrance time at 7:00pm, with cocktails starting at 5:30pm.
Another thing to keep in mind is that we are trying to avoid making the bridal party, close family (and us!) wake up very early to get ready, as we want everyone to be as energized as possible for the day
Any input welcome! Thanks so much!