How's this for a reception "order of events"?? Suggestions?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Charliejeorge:  The midnight lunch is something I have not heard of before. Could you explain it a little bit?

Post # 4
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804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Charliejeorge:  I’m confused.  Are the times AM or PM?  What is midnight lunch? 

You seem to have eveything timed down to the minute, so make sure to give yourself some flexibility in case things go over or under time.

Post # 5
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Charliejeorge:  I feel like you have yourself WAY overscheduled.  I also think you’re going to be behind from 8:00 onwards.  If your ceremony ends at 8:00, how on earth are you doing your entrance in the next 2 minutes (Or are you not changing spaces? Allow minimum of 15 minutes for anything that requires moving people from 1 space to another)

First dance, you’ll need more than 5 minutes to get through intros and the first dance IMO.  If your song is 3 minutes – give yourself 5.

If you told them 2 minute speech, assume they’ll take 5.

I don’t think you need the time laid out quite so specifically – you’re not giving yourself wiggle room and you’re inviting stress.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Charliejeorge:  My comment is only about the “lunch”. Although it may be mandatory where you live, generalizations never work. A “lunch” is not mandatory in all of Canada.

I also have some concerns about the safety of  food that will be out for 4+ hours.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Charliejeorge:  I was referencing your statement that a lunch is mandatory in Canada. Like many things- it’s a regional tradition, not national.

When Bees make generalized statements, they are spreading misinformation to the Bees from other countries.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Charliejeorge:  I would budget twice as much time for things as you anticipate them taking for the things that take less than an hour.  There’s always set up, getting the perfect picture, moving people around that cumulatively takes a few minutes. 

I would suggest opening the photobooth earlier, but it seems like you schedule is packed so there would be no time to use it earlier.

38 minutes is cutting it close for cocktails and midnight lunch.  It will take people a while to get through 2 lines (one for food one for drinks, and combining them probably won’t save time).  How many people are you expecting?

 

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