(Closed) Critique my day-of timeline!

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Very detailed! Thanks for sharing.  I need to do this soon. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think your bridesmaids and bridal party will want to kill you.  You have them starting at 8 am for a 5 pm ceremony and a reception that ends at 1 am.  That’s 17 hours.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

It looks great! If anything I would see if you could add more down time. Everything will run over and you don’t want to worry about your schedule. Especially because you seem to be traveling a lot. Is there some way you can put on your dress at the reception venue? Going to the hotel – salon – hotel – reception – ceremony – reception seems like a lot! 

Also, I would not invite people to dance between the first course and entree. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Is that enough time for your groom and his groomsmen to eat and everything? I’m assuming everyone is showered and stuff.

p.s. my eyes are always drawn to the food. lol

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My only comments based on my timeline

1) Flip the grandparents and wedding party pics (let the girls hang out longer rather than break up the fun/boozing/hanging out for a few minutes of pics after lunch then a few more minutes of awkwardly waiting).

2) Consider if you want pics at the church. You have lots of time built in,  we are doing some pics at the church before and they wanted those done 1 hour before the ceremony starts so guests wont accidentally walk in. Also, given all the fun stuff and down time bulit in, if your bms are friends I don’t think they will be too annoyed with the long day. If they don’t know each other, then it could be sort of tedious. 

3) Desert is too late. All the older guests will want to be leaving earlier and 10:30 is just plain late for them (and is just late in general!). Similarily, the shuttle starts too late for these folks. Can you find a way to push the ceremony time up to 4 and move the rest accordingly? We are doing a 3pm ceremony (our church is an old cathedral w/ lots of walnut so its dark and we wanted the daytime light) and dinner isn’t until 7. This is even late for some people who eat around 5 (there will be apps., but still…). I can only imagine how annoyed my rents/aunts and uncles would be if it wasn’t until 8:30ish.

4) Watch how much booze you offer people (bm/gm) before the ceremony. We are definitely drinking a bit, but still want people (a) running on time and (b) looking their best for all of those overpriced pics we are buying. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I would be nervous about putting my dress on at the venue – will they have a steamer available?

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

looks good to me – your picture schedule before the ceremony is pretty much exactly what my photographer gave to me!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think you are fine then if you are working around a mass. It was more of a critique than a complaint (though I am sort of blunt so I just type what I think, lol). If you already considered the timeline constraints then there is nothing you can do! Don’t do the gap–people hate the gap.

If you have lots of food then I doubt people would be upset about a late meal. Could you find out from the venue if they will allow some (older) guests to take their meals home  b/c it is so late? Some can’t eat after X time (diabetics or heartburn or whatev). My little cousin’s wedding venue let my grandpa, and only him, take food out b/c they explained this to them ahead of time. At least that way your older, and probably more frugal, guests could keep dinner even if they fill up on apps! (I am cheap like that.)

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would give the groomsmen more time to eat/get dressed.

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