Post # 1
Need help critiquing my ceremony timeline! Let me know if I should change. Thanks, hive! 🙂
8-9:30pm: Bridesmaids get ready at hotel
9:45: Head over to bridal suite (located at reception, 15 minutes from hotel)
10-12:Bride gets ready at Bridal suite
2:30: Arrive at church (30 minutes from hotel and reception)
3pm: Ceremony begins!
4:00pm: Ceremony ends, take a few pictures, transportation takes guests to reception site
4:30-5:30: Cocktail hour
6:45: Blessing of food
7:00: Dinner begins
7:15: Slide show
7:30-8pm: Table visits
8-8:45pm: First Dance, father/daughter, mother/son, cake cutting.
9:00pm: Open Dance
9:45pm: Bouquet and garter toss
11:00: Reception ends. after part begins!
Post # 3
My thoughts all revolve around the reception:
I’m not seeing how the introductions and blessing will take an hour and a half. I would think 15 minutes for both. Maybe you have something more involved than the typical announcing the couple and bridal party as they walk into the reception and 5 minute prayer that I’m picturing? That would definitely change what time your dinner starts. Depending on how many guests you have, I’m thinking it will take more than 30 minutes to get around to everyone. And the cake cutting and dances likely won’t take 45 minutes. I’d guess, 5 minutes per dance and 10 minutes for the cake cutting, so call it 25-30 minutes. My husband’s biggest regret from our wedding is that we didn’t open the dance floor sooner so that’s something I’m more aware of now. So I would probably do:
5:30 – Introductions
5:45 – Blessing
6:00 – Dinner
6:20 – Slide show
6:30 – Table visits
7:15 or 7:30 – Cake cutting, Dances
8:00 – Open dance
9:00 – Tosses
But that’s just me! I’m sure however you do it will work out fantasically.
Post # 4
Looks good, but keep in mind you might need more time to get ready before portraits and portraits have a habit of taking longer than 2 hours, especially if you are traveling from site to site.