- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
I’m starting to get my head around the timing of our big day and am at a bit of a loss. I’ve put together a rough outline and need some feedback, we’re doing a cocktail party style wedding so there will be no sit-down dinner being served. Our ceremony is set to start at 6:45 pm and we’re doing a first look and taking all of our pictures before the ceremony.
While searching online, I can’t seem to find anything similar to work from so I slotted in our ceremony time and then built the rest of the day around it. I’m looking for feedback about how we’ve timed everything, specifically if I’ve set aside enough time for pictures with our families.
Any other tips or suggestions may be helpful too! Thank you.
Bride ‘getting’ ready pictures
Groom ‘getting’ ready pictures
I don’t want actual getting ready pictures and will have our photographer come just as I’m finishing, same with my FI. He’ll be ready quite quickly and hanging out with my brother.
Groom walks to Four Seasons to meet bride (pictures along the way)
Bride walks to meet groom at Bay St. entrance
We have 2 shooters so one will stay with me, and the other will follow my FI from his hotel to mine (less than 5 minute walk).
Bride/ groom meet and do first look alone together out front
Immediate family arrives at the Four Seasons for pictures.
Drinks with family on patio, walk over to ceremony together.
Have pictures taken along the way.
The walk is less than 5 minutes, I’m aiming for us to arrive at the venue at 6:15.
People start arriving, getting seated.
Bride/ groom hang out in the upstairs balcony until everyone has arrived.
Music starts, groom walks down the aisle
Musician starts, bride and dad walk down aisle.
Do the bride and groom walk down the aisle to the same song? I have someone who will be playing an acoustic version of my favorite song but I never thought about what my FI would walk down the aisle to.
Ceremony ends and guests enter the cocktail area.
Its all in one spot, but there’s a partition wall that will seperate the two spaces during the ceremony. Guests will walk down a hallway into the bar area for cocktails and the area where the ceremony was will be flipped and the partition opened.
Do we start passed apps right away? We will be opening the bar right away.
Bride/ groom go do a couple of pictures out front.
Not 100% on this, as we’ll have done them before the ceremony as well.
Come back from pictures (if we do them).
Get announced and do our first dance.
If we dont do the first dance at this point, please suggest when would be a better time!
Stationary food stations will open, as will the raw bar.
More food (more passed apps, first go around will be what’s considered ‘small bite’ and the second round will be ‘more than a bite’.
Bride and groom thank you speech, announce that we want to gather out front for a group shot.
‘Cake’ cutting. We’re doing a macaron tower and the staff will bring it out.. Along with a cheese spread and other small bite desserts.
Is this too late? Should we do this before the group picture or leave it as is?
Party, party, party.
So, what do you think? I’m still unsure about speeches.. Do we find out who is speaking beforehand? Or just allow anyone to speak? I only want speeches between 7:30- 9:00 because they can be boring and I want anyone who will be speaking to be able to get it done with so they can relax and enjoy themselves. Do I schedule in speakers and have the DJ/ MC announce them.. Or.. What?
We’re going to make our thank you speech at around 9:00.. Or should we do this when we bring out the dessert?
Thank you.. Clearly I’m in need of some help here. <br />
ETA: Wow, this is long. Oops!
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