Post # 1
Okay, so let me warn you beforehand. My head is a mess right now. semi-panic mode button is on!
So we finally booked our reception! (Yaaaay!!!) So, what’s the problem? We only have about 4 hours (maybe less. Eeeek!!) for our reception, and we want to incorporate some dancing! Ooooh, our timeline is screwed!!
We’re having a catholich church wedding at 10:30am on a Saturday. Yes, it’s a Saturday. Unfortunately, they don’t do weddings on a Sunday, and weekdays are out of the question.. You know, we have to include everyone’s availability, and such.. And, the church can only do weddings either at 10:30am or 12:00 only. I’m not quite sure as to how long the ceremony will last, but it’s probably 1 hour. Right?? Now, because the timing is kinda tricky, we opted for a lunch reception. Mainly because of the time and secondly, because there’s no rental fee for lunch receptions! (we’re on a tight budget, y’know!) You can check out the link and see for yourselves where we’re holding the reception.
So, we’ll be bringing our own centerpieces (round glass mirrors, votive candles, silk pomander balls on vases with clear stones and led light). Got no problem with that as some relatives are willingly and happily offering to set them up. Phew! The manager actually said that we can extend our time to an hour or two DEPENDING on whethere there will be no bookings for that evening, which we won’t find out until if not close to our big day, our wedding day! They won’t to let us add additional hours in case someone else wants to book for that evening!
I’m sooo scared that we won’t have enough time for pictures in the church after the ceremony. Can you ladies please help me figure out a timeline assuming the ceremony ends at 11:30am with travel time of 10-20 minutes by car to the reception?
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I’d check with your officiant, to make sure you ceremony is just an hour. Are you going to do a first look? Doing photos beforehand will give you more time at the reception, however that will mean you’d be starting your day pretty early.
If you want dancing, have you given a thought to an “after party” somewhere?
Post # 4
@rebwana: Thanks for your input!
Wish we can do pictures at the church early, but there’s a mass at 9am on Saturdays. Boohoo. Anyhoo, we will be going for the seminars in September, so i’d be getting my chance to ask my millions of questions to our parish priest. LOL
We are actually open to going out afterwards, if people want to, as we’re having a small wedding of 80 people.
Post # 5
Are you going to have a full Mass with your ceremony? If so, that will be longer — an hour, maybe even an hour and 15 or 30 minutes. If you don’t have Mass, it can be shorter — we’re having a Catholic priest marry us and he said our ceremony will be about 15-20 minutes! If you work with the priest to write your ceremony, you can decide what elements you want to keep in and leave out, so you could shorten it if you want to.
You could also do pictures at a different location prior to your ceremony, or you could do pictures afterward or even on a different day!
I don’t know everything you want to include, but here’s a potential timeline:
11:30-12 drive to reception hall
12-1 cocktail hour, receiving line (if you want to do this)
1 bridal party enters reception hall
1:15 lunch is served
1:45 cake cutting and first dances
2:00 guests invited to dance floor
2:30 dessert table open
4 reception ends, DJ announces where the after-party will be?
Post # 6
@likelimeade: ohmahgeeee!! you’re awesome!! we’re not hiring a DJ though. just planning to plug an iphone or a laptop and play music continuously. I would definitely ask our priest about the ceremony.. i actually think they asked me about having a full mass or not when i booked our date. hopefully my parents would agree with not having a full mass (if the church agrees!)
Thank you soo much!!!
Post # 7
Is there anywhere else you could take photos before? Such as in a nice park, historic house, or even at your own backyard? We are doing all our formal bridal party photos before the ceremony to get them done. That way, you get your photos, and aren’t eating into your reception time.
Is your lunch a buffet or plated? If it’s plated, you’re going to need to block off about 1-2 hours for service (my plated dinner, 3 courses, is estimated to take 2 hours). If it’s buffet, I’d give about an hour, and maybe some extra for people to get their food. You don’t want people to feel rushed eating.
I think there tends to be less dancing at afternoon weddings, so maybe you can get some fun games or something incorporated for those who are not participating in the dancing.
Post # 8
@abbie017: as much as we want to take lots of pics prior to the ceremony, we still want to keep my dress away from the groom. LOL he wants to be amazed (which i hope he will) when he sees me for the first when i walk down the aisle. But, given our timing issues, I’ll check with him if he’ll reconsider this idea.
We are actually having a buffet. And yes, we will be doing some games. The dancing part was actually requested by both our relatives. So hopefully, it’ll work out fine. Fingers crossed!