Post # 1
I’m planning a semi-destination wedding at the Four Seasons in Hangzhou, China. While Fiance and I are both from California, we recently moved to China about a year ago. We both work here and the majority of my family is here as well.
Right now, we’re looking at the logistics of what seems to be a really long day. We want to have all the traditional Chinese aspects of a wedding (Fetch the Bride, Tea Ceremony) as well as a traditional western ceremony in the afternoon followed by cocktails, reception and dancing. My family has recommended that we start at 9:30 AM (Fetch the Bride), have the tea ceremony at 10:30, and then have lunch, hair and makeup until the ceremony, which is at 3:30. With cocktails beginning immediately after, and then a reception that should end around 11:00 or midnight, will we be exhausted? Will we have time for pictures? Is the schedule too hectic?
It’s also important to mention that we will not be driving anywhere on our wedding day. We are booking separate rooms at the Four Seasons the night before and having a bridal suite there the night of our wedding.
Post # 3
It does sound quite busy, but it might be doable. How long is the tea ceremony? Is there enough time for makeup? Could you take pictures during cocktail hour? This seems to be the norm.
I know friends of mine had a traditional Idian ceremony and then followed it with a Western ceremony the following day. Is this an option for you?
Post # 4
@ladyartichoke: Tea ceremony should be about half an hour to an hour. I think there will be enough time for makeup– we’ve got a total of 3-4 hours after the tea ceremony. We were planning on doing most, if not all of the pictures during cocktail hour. So I think it’ll work out. It’s just going to be a long day, and hopefully we’ll still enjoy it till the end!
Post # 5
Yes, it is too much. Your party might end at 9p.m. at this rate!
Think you should have a 5 hour break or something in between for people who want to rest/change?
My wedding started at 3.00p.m. and even then, people were exhausted by 10p.m. (granted, it was super warm). My cousin’s started at 9a.m. and she did have a break from noon to 6p.m. which helped but of course, we all lived nearby so everyone could go home and hang around. If your guests live faraway, 6 hours of just waiting would not be good;)
Post # 6
My wedding timeline was not too different from yours. My husband and I had two ceremones on the day of our wedding. However, we had to go to three different locations which I think made our day more hectic. We had to incorporate two cultures with two different tea ceremonies. We had one in the afternoon with his parents and my parents and one during our reception for my culture that included the whole guests.
I started my day with hair and makeup at 6am to get ready for my morning buddhist ceremony at 9am. The ceremony lasted abouth an hour and we had about half an hour for photos, then we went back to my in-laws for a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony followed by lunch for those who attended our buddhist ceremony.
Then we left for our ceremoney at 12:30 to get ready for our western ceremony to take place at 2pm. The ceremony was about 30 minutes, we spent about one hour for photos with families, friends and just as a couple.
Our guests had 2.5 hour break before our reception started. As guests arrived, we took pictures with each guess as is traditional for Vietnamese’s weddings. We spent about an hour taking pictures while guests who arrived early were served hors d’oeuvres. We officially started our reception at 6:45 and food came out at 7pm. I had about 15 minutes take a bite of some food before changing into my cultural dress for my cultural tea ceremony which took about an hour and half to get to all the 25 tables (10 guests per table). Afterwards, we got a short break to eat, then have our first dance, cake cutting, and throw the bouquet, then an open dance floor for guest around 9:30. Our wedding reception ended at 11pm and we were totally exhausted.
In answers to your questions, yes, yes, and yes but it will be a fantastic wedding. Everything will fly by so fast so try to take it in slowly, even when it gets hectic.
I think if you have a good wedding coordinator to help keep time, then you shouldn’t have too much of a problem. Our wedding went very smooth even with all the transitions we had.
Good luck and congrats!
Post # 7
My day of schedule is pretty simliar to yours. We’re probably going to get our make up and hair done around 6 have the tea ceremony at 10, actual church ceremony at 12:30 and dinner at 6. While therey seems to be a gap in between ceremony and reception, we’re including in pictures and what not.
I say drink lots of coffee and have some energy drinks handy.