Post # 1
So today is my day to work on the day-of timeline. And I wish I had done this before sending out invitations! I hope you ladies can help, cuz I’m stuck. Ceremony HAS to be at 6pm, Reception begins at 7pm.
9am – Bridal party arrives at hotel suite, breakfast, hair and makeup in suite
11:30 am – Lunch in suite while hair/makeup continues if needed
12pm – Photographer arrives, get my dress on, pictures of hair and makeup touchups
1pm – First look
1:30 pm – Photos
5pm – @ church, have a light snack, do hair/makeup touchups, hang out…
6pm-6:30 pm – Ceremony
7pm Reception begins
7:05pm – Bridal party entrance, bride and groom enter
7:15 pm – Food is served
OK, this is where I get stuck. Fiance and I are doing sunset pics at the park across from our venue. Sunset is 8:46 pm, so obviously we want to get there a little sooner, so I’ve marked down to leave around 8:15 pm. I’m not sure how to fit in toasts/cake cutting/dancing…I would like everyone to be dancing while we sneak out for the pictures, but I also don’t know if I want to interrupt the dancing for toasts once we return? Can I see your schedules?
Post # 3
I don’t have the schedule that I used for my sister’s wedding in front of me, but we did toasts/cake cutting during dinner. We did this for a couple of reasons…1-people were already seated and it was easier to get everyone to be quiet since they were occupied with eating 2-cake could be served as soon as dinner was over which meant we could start dancing sooner.
Post # 4
Could you do toasts/first dance before dinner and push it back to 730? then dinner would end at 845ish (my venue told me dinner takes 1hr15min so it could be different for you). Then cut the cake when you get back from pics and kick off dancing at 8:45/9?
Post # 5
We did cake cutting as the very first thing in the reception, so that the cake could be cut during dinner and served immediately after with no lag time (i wanted to get to the dancing!). Then we did dinner. It was buffet so we waited until every table had made it back to their tables (but most people were still eating) and did toasts. After that cake was served. Then we did first dances, and then open dance.
Are you having a plated or buffet dinner? I think that makes a difference before plated takes a bit longer I think. I think it would work though if you did cake cutting/dinner/toasts/cake/first dances, and then you leave right after first dances when everyone else is just getting started dancing.
Post # 6
@CorgiTales: We are doing hors’douvres. I’m concerned about how long it’ll take people to dish up and get back sitting down so we can start toasts.
Post # 7
Why not have the toasts during dinner so that everyone will be there. Then you can do cake cutting later in the night (maybe around 9:30) since it is usually done later anyways. OR you could do cake cutting right when you enter your reception or maybe right before or right after your first dance?
Post # 8
I’m mostly concerned about leaving for the 1/2 hour for pictures if people are not dancing…what will occur then? Maybe cake and a slideshow?? Ugh I don’t know!
Post # 9
I think you can break up the dancing and have multiple “sets”. Move up your toasts to the start of dinner, but push dinner back a little – maybe to 7:30. You could probably leave for pictures as early as 7:45 or 8. The sun will be low in the sky way before sunset. You don’t need pictures of the sun setting, you just want colors in the sky.
So for example:
introduction, first dance, everyone dances, toast, dinner. Go around the room and greet guests.
Eat quickly, break for pictures, then come back for cake, dancing