Post # 1
I seriously have no idea what I’m doing haha. I want to consult with my venue, but I feel like I’m annoying them with a million questions because I live thousands of miles away and m doing everything via email. I’d like to have a coherent timeline in my most recent email to them. Here’s the expanded version. (I’m not sending the whole thing, just what I think is most relevant to them.)
5:30 PM: Meet photographer, do first look, family and wedding party photos
6:30 PM: Break to get ready for ceremony and go to site (within a few minutes walk away)
7:00 PM: Ceremony begins
7:30 PM (or slightly earlier): Ceremony ends, cocktail hour begins
8:20 PM: Move to reception location (in the same place, just a different “room”) First dance & possible father/daughter dance (It’s important to me to get both of these out of the way before dinner.)
8:30 PM: 2 toasts & dinner is served (buffet)
9:30 PM: Bouquet toss
9:35 PM: Dance floor officially opened, music becomes louder and… dancier
10:00 PM: Cake is cut
10:30 PM: Photographer leaves
11:25 PM: Final dance
11:30 PM: GTFO
Does this sound about right?
Post # 3
A few things from the mind of a crazy Type-A planner:
1. Is an hour really long enough for photos? Fiance and I are doing a first look and we’re alloting at least 1.5 hours for photos – I’d rather have too much time rather than too little since I’m only going to have this day once!
2. Do you want to add a few mins for yourself to get some pics after the ceremony? That way, you can get pics of your rings on your fingers – and official “MR and MRS” ones also!
3. Will you have any older relatives attending? 8:30 might be kind of late for dinner for them…..
Post # 4
Wouldnt it be best to do the cake before the dancefloor is opened and the music gets louder. It might be a bit of a buzzkill to stop the music for the cake after everyone has been hyped up and want to keep dancing.
Post # 5
That is a little late to start a buffet… How big is your wedding? If it’s 50 people, I’m sure it’ll be fine, but if it’s like 200 people, people will still be getting their food at like 9:30!
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Post # 7
I think your timeline look good, but you may want more time for pictures.
Some other things to consider:
– Having your DJ or someone make an announcement to please find their seats in the dining room will speed up the getting seated process. People tend to mill around for a while before actually getting seated.
– Are you having bridal party intros?
– I like breaking up the dancing with the cake to give people a rest. Two hours of straight dancing is a lot! And who has room dessert when dinner just finished?
– I think 8:30 dinner is fine as long as you have food at cocktail hour
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I had one hour for photos, no first look, and it was enough. A good photographer doens’t need a lot of time. I’d do the toast while your guests are eating. I’m unsure if that’s your intention or not.
Post # 9
@Bebealways: Not bad! I would agree with some of the others that 1hr for pictures at the beginning might not be enough. We are slotting in 2-2.5hrs to allow enough solo, family, extended family, wedding party shots so we get a good mix but I guess it depends on how much time you have your photographer for, especially if you want some dancing shots and cake cutting shots in!
I don’t mind the idea of cutting the cake in between dancing. I went to a friends wedding a couple years ago and the venue (it was in Vienna!) wheeled out this beautiful cake with sparklers on it (I am currently obssessed with sparklers!) onto the dance floor and they cut it, wheeled it away to plate and people could head over and pick up a piece after. The only problem was that not many people ate the cake. I love desserts and I completely forgot about it because the dancing was so much fun! So I guess that is something to keep in mind if you want everyone to enjoy the cake. I think it’s a fun and different idea and it’s nice to have something to eat for more dancing fuel! 50 person wedding is perfect and very manageable though and I’m sure it would work out great!