- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Here is my rough timeline for my non-religious ceremony – the ceremony and reception will be in the same place so no travelling in between for guests:)
if you have any better suggestions please let me know!
Also, I have 2 young neices who are willing to do a formal Irish dance at some point, but I don’t know when to schedule them! Right after cocktail hour and before dinner (or do we want to make sure everyone is in their seats for my Dads toast instead of watching a dance when they want dinner)
Maybe at 5pm before we walk down the aisle – this would be good because my ceremony musician is going to be playing live fiddle music anyway but might be weird to have 2 little girls come up the aisle and dance to Irish music if no one knows whats going on? haha. we aren’t having ceremony programs because with such a short justice of the peace ceremony I think its just a waste of money and paper…..neither of these options seems quite right, do you have any thoughts?I would love to have them dance, it would add something special and unique, especially for all those coming from away!
12-2pm- everyone getting ready with hair/makeup in the cabins at the Lodge
2pm – Photographer arrives for pictures
2-245pm – pictures of mom doing up wedding dress, bridesmaids portraits, etc with main photographer, while second one gets groom and groomsmen.
245pm – drive into town for first look pictures on a dock
3-4pm – first look pictures:) some pictures with the bridal party as well after the first looks
4-415pm – celebratory drink in local pub with bridal party, then drive back to the Lodge
5 pm – ceremony with 2 short readings outside the Lodge (will prb start at 505 or 510 to accommodate latecomers)
530-630pm – cocktail hour in the Oceanside room (gorgeous floor to ceiling windows with sweeping views of the ocean); passed hor d’oevres served for people to pick at.
I imagine the first 15-30 mins for us will be taken up with family/group pictures so I hope this is enough time leftover for us to get in and mingle a little with the guests during the cocktail hour:)
630pm-8pm- buffet dinner with carving stations, Dad toasts at first to welcome everyone and then everyone gets food, then toasts spread throughout or towards end? How do the toasts normally work? We want to have champagne so is that for the welcome toast or all of them or…?
8pm – first dance, father/daughter dance
8:10 – dance begins (live band)
9pm – cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss
915pm- more dancing while we go get our private sunset pictures with photographer:) If the sun sets later, we can do this later. Photographer leaves between 10-11 at night.
11pm- pizza arrives for late night snack
What do you think? Have I left enough time in between things? Do you think dinner will run longer?
Thanks for your input, I just want to make sure the day runs as smoothly as it can and flow really well for the guests, but also make sure we get enough time for family pictures and also some nice pictures of the bride/groom:)