Post # 1
We’re having an Indian/Hindu ceremony and Indian reception – even though only I am Indian. Fiance is not. We’re seriously cutting the ceremony length to keep it to an hour, which is still too long for me but it’s the best compromise we could cup with.
So here’s our rough timeline for a June wedding:
4:45 – 5:45 – ceremony
5:45 – 7:15 – cocktails for an hour and half
7:30 – first dance
7:45 – 9 – dinner/toasts
9-12am – dancing
Do you think the cocktail hour is too long? We’ll have 4 appetizer stations to sop up some of the drinking hopefully. But we need to take traditional family portraits (allotting 20 minutes), Fiance and I need to change into our reception outfits and take pictures of just the two of us in new clothes – we will be doing a first look as well in our ceremony clothes.
How does the rest of the timeline look?
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s too long! I’d say most range from 1-2 hours, two being on the longer side. If you have four appetizer stations though, it should be perfectly fine! As long as your guests have something to eat/drink to occupy themselves and aren’t just sitting around waiting for dinner.
Post # 4
If you could clip the ceremony time, that would be nice. I don’t think an hour and a half is too long for a cocktail hour, but is there any way you can start dinner as soon as it’s over? Overall I think it looks fine! I’m sure that people already know when dinner is served from your invites and it’s not like they’ll be starving since you’re having appetizers.
Post # 5
@Juliepants: I wish we could clip the ceremony time, but I just don’t think we can cut it down anymore. My parents ceremony lasted for 4 and a half hours!! Of course, this was 35 years ago and in India.
I figured it would take at least 15 minutes for everyone to shuffle in, find their tables, and be seated which is why I have the first dance 15 minutes later. We’re doing a buffet, but I think our plan is to have salad plated for everyone when they are seated so that they have something to nosh on until they can head up to the buffet and while we are doing our very short dance. Hopefully this will help!