(Closed) Ideas for a Split Ceremony?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Split ceremony: would it work?
    Kind of awkward for guests - why bother? : (2 votes)
    25 %
    Do what you want - it's your wedding! : (2 votes)
    25 %
    Keep looking for another venue : (3 votes)
    38 %
    I've got a better idea - see below : (1 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I would recommend something like this:

    5:00 – coctails and receiving line

    6:30 – dinner

    8:00 or dusk – ceremony

    8:30 – right from the first kiss to the first dance

    8:45 – speeches

    9:00 – hour of dancing

    10:00 – move inside for a totally different themed party

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @jenbranddner that sounds like a really cool way to have the wedding! It’s different and gives you more time with your guests and the dusk ceremony. Although I would try to see if the speeches would work during dinner because you don’t want to interrupt the dancing time or mood.. right after your first dance is a great way to get more people on the dance floor and start the party! 

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Allyser good point about the speeches.  I was just thinking people might want to make them after the couple is married, but I guess before would work too.  🙂

    The only downside my timeline has is that people will see the bride in her dress before she walks down the aisle.  Some people want that “gasp at first glimpse” moment with their guests.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    You could still have a grand entrance… kinda like you and your husband would normally do when coming into the dinner. Have it start at 5 so everyone will be there and have it set up so people can get a drink and hangout and at 5:15 (just in case anyone is late) you can have someone announce you two. You can come in and have that entrance! Then you and your FI can grab a cocktail and start mingling. Then everyone will sit down for dinner and toasts then go to the ceremony! 

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Hmm in that case, you should keep your idea of “walking down the aisle” before dinner, but make it more upbeat like a reception grand entrance.  You should make your grand entrance halfway through coctail hour, and have the DJ or MC announce all of you.  You can still do a pregnant pause before your entrance, and you can enter separately from your FI if you want to be alone for the “reveal.”

    People will probably be standing and sitting in random places at that point, but that’s OK.  You’ll just walk past all of them and line up in front of the head table and form a receiving line right there.  I’m not sure if people will take advantage of a receiving line set up like that, so if you want it, you can tell your parents and a few friends to be the first to come greet you so people take the cue.

    This should work really well because you’ll be starting out the night on an upbeat note, and not so somber.  People will be full of energy the whole night after an exciting beginning like that!

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Yeah Allyser and I have the same idea.  🙂

    Post # 10
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    OMW I don’t think you could have hit on a better timeline than what Jen proposed. It’s awesome! I wish we could do that now…. hahaha…

    Seriously though, what a great idea, especially if you’re not too sold on the “not seeing the bride before the wedding” bit, and you could definitely still arrange a special entrance half an hour into the cocktail hour.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    You might just want to mention the times of the important events at the bottom of the invitation, or on a separate card somwhere.  Just say “Coctails at 5:00, Dinner at 6:30, Ceremony at 8:00” or whatever your times will be.  That way it’s cut and dry, and people will know roughly what to expect.

    I think your ceremony at dusk sounds very romantic.  It begs for a sparkler send-off!  Best of luck to you on your wedding planning!

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