Post # 1
How is my timeline shaping up? Does anyone have any suggestions of any thoughts on things I might have forgotten? Everything before 12:30 will be me running around setting everything up…I’d rather not go over the details of that 🙂 Thanks bees!!!
12:30pm-2:00pm Hair at Spa
2:15pm Return to venue & do a walk-though
2:45pm Begin getting ready, put on make-up
3:30pm Bride gets dressed
4:15pm Any pre-ceremony photos
5:00pm Ceremony Begins
5:30pm Cocktail Hour begins
5:30pm Pictures with Bride and Groom
6:30pm Cocktail hour ends & guests move inside for dinner
6:45pm Bride and Groom enter
6:45pm Dinner is served
7:45pm First Dances
8:15pm Cake cutting
8:30pm Guests move back outside for drinks and dancing
Post # 3
That looks good. But are you doing table visits? You might want a longer dinner hour for that, and/or if you’re doing buffet-style.
Post # 4
@Statutory Grape: True. We only have ~45 guests so it wont take long lol and I think we may do most of that outside after dinner since everyone will mingle then. But we are doing a buffet-style. Hmmm
Post # 5
Yeah you might need just a tiny bit more time, so that it’s not too rushed. Although, at some weddings, I got my food close to last, and was still eating during the first dances and it wasn’t an issue for me. So, I wouldn’t stress about that TOO much — at that point it’s just a party anyway. 🙂
Post # 6
Do you have a bridal party? I don’t know if 45 min is enough time for photos of them and your family.
Post # 7
MsBrooklyn is on the money with her thoughts about photography time. As a photographer, I like to be finished with any pre-wedding “formal” photos 1 hour beforehand or at least 45 minutes as the first guests (even at a small wedding) arrive way before they need to (for some reason?). I am chuckling a little as my own daughter is making her timeline and giving to everyone. As the mother of the bride, I think it is awesome she has her day all planned and everything so organized. As a photographer, I know that it might not quite all go as planned for various reasons. Some families and/or bridal party members just don’t move as fast, sometimes the bride doesn’t, groomsmen get “lost” occasionally, etc. One thing I do know is that all weddings are beautiful and filled with love, and really are the first day of the rest of your life! Enjoy!! 🙂
Post # 8
I think it looks great. Just a thought – it might make sense to flip the first dance and the cake cutting. That way after you cut the cake it can go to the kitchen to be cut into pieces for guests while you do your first dance and when the dances are done it’ll be ready for guests to enjoy.
Post # 9
@wmlawgirl: Good idea!
@MsBrooklynA: @septmob: We only have a Maid/Matron of Honor and a Groomsmen plus some ring bearers so it’s not very large. I sent this timeline to my photog and asked for their suggestions, which I’m completely open to.
I was just trying to get everything that needs to be done inside (dinner, cake, first dances) in as little time possible because our bartender will be outside and downstairs (where most of the evening will be spent). We will be having wine on the tables so hopefully guests can make due with that during dinner. I’m also pretty sure these were the times the catarer gave me for the cocktail hour, dinner and cake cutting to work around.
Post # 10
I sent the above timeline to my catarer and she said it looks good. The only suggestion she made was to push back the first dance and cake cutting a little so that both could be done outside. That way all dancing was done in the same location. This is what I had originially wanted but was worried about setting the cake up outside (it’s not fondant).
Post # 11
One more thing to consider about the pre-ceremony photos—
You will need to be hidden away when guests start to arrive, assuming you don’t want to be seen beforehand. The 45 minutes that you have may be enough minute-wise but I would think that guests would start arriving and sitting down by about 4:30 for a wedding at 5:00. Hopefully that makes sense!
Post # 12
Having been a bridesmaid alot I say…anything that comes before the ceremony… pad the times!!!! Only bride meltdowns I have seen was because something took too long and she was rushed… The brides that had enough time to sit and get bored were sooooo much happier. I think I am going to do that with my wedding… Putting an hour or so between appointments. Also it gives me time to spend time with my women 🙂