- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Okay, so my wedding is still 7 months-ish away, but I have a very rough outline of time bouncing around in my head that I want to float. This whole early wedding thing is stressing me out a bit…but because my Church does Saturday evening mass, the latest I can start my ceremony is 2 PM…so there are a lot of logistics to work out….maybe you have suggestions? What worked for you…especially from those of you who started at 1-2 PM!!
Hair/makeup/get ready: I have 7 (yes, 7!!! ahh!) bridesmaids. And a mother of the bride…and a flower girl (though with her I can just stick a headband on and call it a day.) PLUS me! So I am wondering how much time to budget for this…How should I go about this? How much time does it normally take per girl? I am going to try and have all the girls stay with me at a hotel the night before so I know that the habitual late comers will be there on time!
Pictures (separate): This time depends on the first item in the timeline. I want to do pictures with the girls and have FI do pictures with the guys beforehand. I do not want to see him before the ceremony…nor do I think there will really be time anyway. But I want to get as many pictures out of the way as possible before the ceremony. How much time do you think I should budget for this?
Ceremony (without Communion) : 2:00- 2:45
(estimate based on the Bee and a friend’s recent wedding)
Pictures with family/whole bridal party/couple: 3:15-4:15 (maybe a little later)–this is based on the idea that we will be hugging/greeting/etc. and people will mingle before leaving…plus not sure if we want to do a “going away” from the church or not…
Reception (15 minute drive away at hotel ballroom)- We have the room from 4 PM to 12 AM (my side knows how to party…) so guests could start coming in at 4, possibly a little before that…if we get there between 4:30 and 5, is that too long to keep guests waiting? We will have alcohol and probably some light music playing with food out.
FI and I will probably leave around 10/11 as we will be exhausted, but we wanted the lag time in the room so that guests could hang out since so many are out of town and staying at the hotel anyway.
Sorry so long. I needed to get my thoughts in written form. What do you think? This is basically just off the top of my head. I have no idea if this will work or not–what did you other Catholic brides do with an afternoon wedding? What did your timeline look like? Did you do a receiving line and how did that work?