Hello! I have a question and need some suggestions.
Our ceremony and reception are being held in two separate buildings in a park, so the travel time between them is less than 5 min. We are planning on taking photos beforehand, but we may need to wait and do a few after the ceremony depending on the weather that day. I don't want our guests waiting around on us to get finished just because the weather didn't cooperate, but we cannot do a traditional cocktail hour at our venue.
We were thinking about having the caterer set up the buffet so that, as soon as people arrive, they can find their seats and go through the buffet line to begin eating. Is this an acceptable way to host that time, as long as we cut the cake in a timely manner so they aren't waiting around for that either?
Does anyone have any other suggestions for an alternative to the traditional cocktail hour?
Also, we are not being announced or doing any dances/toasts that would interrupt dinner after we arrive - only the cake cutting (in case that matters).