Post # 1
Hi Bees! I could really use your help with some ceremony and reception timing! Ive been going back and forth, but want to nail down some timing for when im booking vindors- so here it goes!
Our ceremony and reception are taking place at two different locations, about a 10 minute drive apart. I have booked our ceremony location from 2pm-6pm, with set up/tear down included in that time. Our reception venue we can use from 5 pm until probably 12:30.
My conundrum is this: I don’t want the reception to drag on, but I’d also like people to stay and dance. I know that if we have something like 4 hours of dancing, everyone will just leave! So I am thinkinng of a few options.
1) Have the ceremony at 4:00 pm until around 4:30, and have the cocktail hour start at 5:00 until 6 at the reception location. Dinner and speeches will go until 7:30 (?), and then we do our thank you speech and dessert cutting before 8. We have the photobooth running, and start the dancing at 8:30 until the crowd dies down (hopefully midnight!)
2) We have the ceremony at 4, all same as above, except we extend cocktail hour til 6:30/7, and have our photoboth then. Dinner/speeches from 7-8:30, dessert at 9 and then dancing.
3) Ceremony at 4:30, Cocktail hour starts at 5:30, dinner at 7, dessert at 8 ish and dancing and photobooth after that.
Please let me know if my timing is way off, what you think would work best, or really any advice! Should we have the reception end at 11? Oh I’m so confused! lol
Post # 2
I voted for #1 because it makes the most sense to me (not starting too early) and I don’t think your cocktail hour needs to be more than an hour (as in #2). I also picked 1 rather than 3 because you need to make sure you have cleanup time at your ceremony site, although I don’t know how much you’ll need to take down – that’s up to you. Also think about WHO will be doing that – it needs to be done during cocktail hour/pictures, so you probably don’t want your families doing it.
Post # 3
Moorea12: Yeah, we’re having a decorating company do the ceremony space, as well as draping the reception, so at least thats one less thing to think about! i agree with the shorter cocktail hour, Ive been to weddings where those dragged on forever with nothing to do, which is why for #3 i thought of having the photobooth then… so many options!
Post # 4
I like the photobooth during the reception, but that’s really just personal preference – I would want you guys to be able to pop in there at some point, but also I think it would be a nice “something else to do” if someone wanted a break from dancing, didn’t like the song, etc.
I’m sure you’ll figure it out! There are a ton of good options!
Post # 5
MissPoutine: I voted for #1. Something to think about– we are coming in doing the first dance our toast, moh/bm toast, cake cut (for pic), dinner during dinner (after dad and i eat) we will do the father/ daughter, garter/bouquet, serve cake, and then open dance floor.
We are aloting our selves a half hour for all toasts, first dance, and cake cutting.
Dinner/Dance about an hour. Garter/bouquet 10 min total.