Post # 1
Here is the time frame that I was thinking for our ceremony and reception. Both are taking place at the same location. Ceremony outside at a gazebo, cocktails and appetizers on the patio, then the reception is just inside the resort. Any feedback on what might take more time or less time than what I am thinking? Our package includes 4 hours of open bar and we are doing a 3 hour photobooth package. I need to tell them the time frames for these things ahead of time which is why I am scheduling the whole night out.
5:30-6:30: Cocktails and appetizers on the patio, guests move into reception area around 6:30
6:45-7:00: Bride and Groom enter; receive guests, quick speech to thank our guests
8:30-9:00: First dance, daddy-daughter dance, mother-son dance
9:00: Cake cutting
9:00-12:00: Photo booth, dancing, desserts, chocolate fountain, open bar
Photographer (8 hour package): 3:00-11:00
Photo Booth (3 hour package): 9:00-midnight
Open Bar (4 hour package): 5:30-6:30 (cocktail hour), 8:00-11:00
Any feedback on what might take more time or less time than what I am thinking? Thanks!
Post # 2
I think this looks really great! Just a question about when you are taking photos. Do you plan to do the bulk of them before your ceremony?
Post # 3
highschoolhoneys: Maybe push the cake cutting back a little bit? I know that it is considered “ok to leave” once the cake it cut. I wouldn’t want people leaving at 9 if the wedding is going until midnight!
Post # 4
i would serve dinner during the speeches or at least the salads.
Post # 5
ajillity81: oh duh! great idea. I think normally they are done at the same time. I wasn’t thinking. Thanks 🙂
Post # 6
weatherbug: great idea. the last wedding I went to, they cut the cake super early, I think right after dinner.
Post # 7
stargurl101: probably during the cocktail hour. my fiancé really doesn’t want to do a first look.
You’re right, an hour might not be enough for all our photos.
Post # 8
Well if you could do pics with your bridesmaids before the ceremony, and pics with your parents and anything you could do an hour might be enough depending how many family photos you need… if it’s just you and your husband and some full bridal party shots you might be ok.
Post # 9
highschoolhoneys: i’m only having an hour for all of our pictures (family shots, just me and FI, group shots) and both our planner and photographer said it’s a normal amount of time if you don’t have to travel to a different location. we are doing ours around our venue, so no travel time. if you’re doing the same, you will probably have plenty of time!