Post # 1
So going over my timeline and meeting with DJ tomorrow and caterer next week. My questions are:
What time does your reception start?
When are you serving dinner?
What time are you doing formal dances and toasts?
Wondering if I should change my timeline…here is a sample:
6pm – Slideshow
6:10pm – Arrival of wedding party and announcement of Bride and Groom
6:15pm – Performance dances
6:25pm – First Dance
6:30 – Toasts and Thank Yous
6:45 – Dinner (pics at each table)
7:30 – Dancing
7:35 – Dancing
8pm- Bouquet toss/ Garter Toss
8:10 – Dancing
9pm – Cake Cutting
9:10pm – Dancing
9:50pm – Last Dance
10pm – Farewell
Should I serve dinner earlier? Should I push formal dances to the end? Is it too broken up between all the formal stuff and the dancing? I need help
Post # 3
A wedding we went to a couple months before ours had a similar schedule to yours, and it was really difficult for the bride to get everyone’s attention so many times throughout the evening. I think less than half of the people saw the first dance and cutting of the cake. They were all off doing something and the bride kept yelling across the reception to try to get people to pay attention. As a result no one ate the cake because no one saw her cut it so they thought they would be rude to eat it (it was a dessert tray and not a traditional cake, they cut one brownie for the official cutting).
Post # 5
@orangefairy: I was going to have my Dj announce everything. Did the bride also have a DJ?
I am wondering if thinsg are too cut up…if it will flow, know what I mean?
Post # 6
I wanted to offer a little advice from a wedding planners perspective. You seem to have a lot of stop and start…dance for 2 songs–cut cake, dance for 2 songs–throw bouqet. I’d recommend pairing a few things together.
Also just a side question but are you having a cocktail hour? Are guests expected to arrive sharp at 6pm? I’d probably add a bit more of a buffer in your start time and your bridal party announced. Right now I get the feeling that people arrive sharply at 6pm-sit down-watch slide show-bridal party arrives…I can alreay see this not going as planned.
Seriously Great job!
Post # 7
You are serving dinner so early and cutting the cake so late. Most caterers like the cake cut prior to dinner or directly after so they can cut and serve t othe guests. I’d move that up before or after dinner. Preferably before dinner after announced in. Why? because when you are announced in, all eyes are already on you, so you have the guests attention – after dinner, some guests are forced to leave their table (sometimes un eaten food) to come take pictures of cuttting of the cake, when they return to the table, the servers removed their plate of un eaten food…which makes for an unhappy guest. jmo.
Post # 8
Gonna make some adjustments right now… I think it’s just too choppu too…thanks ladies.