Post # 1
Does this look right I am struggling with my time line..
6pm- Ceremony Start
6:30- cocktail hour begin, group picture and pics with family and friend and us.
7:45- open reception room,
8- first dance, intros
8:10- serve first course
8:30- serve dinner
9:15- begin Dancing and party 🙂
11: cake cutting it’s time for dessert and coffee as the party is winding down
11:45 bouquet toss
12:00- event concludes
Post # 3
@lovelypinky40: I would recommend NOT breaking up the evening so much (i.e., first dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss). It’s not as much fun when people are dancing and partying and then you stop and start it again.
That would be my only suggestion.
Post # 4
how about this but I don’t know what time to startCeremony and the reception at least want a hour and half long cocktail hour Plus we are having guest stay at the hotel.
8:00 p.m. Guests head from the cocktail hour into the reception and find their seats.
8:15 p.m. introducing the wedding party,
8:20 p.m. The first dance.
8:25 p.m. A welcome speech begin the toasts
8:30 p.m. Dinner
9:00 p.m. The music volume starts to increase gradually to get people who finished their meals out onto the dance floor.
9:30 p.m. The father-daughter dance, which is followed by the mother-son dance.
9:35 p.m. A dance set begins with more upbeat songs to entice most guests out of their seats.
9:45 p.m. A couple of slow songs play.
9:50 p.m. Back to more upbeat songs.
10:30 p.m. The cake cutting.
10:35 p.m. Some mid-paced songs play as cake is served so guests can dance if they want.
10:45 p.m. Guests are seated for cake
11:00 p.m. The bouquet toss, followed by the garter toss
11:10 p.m. The final dance
11:55 p.m. The last dance, followed by your grand exit
Post # 5
@lovelypinky40: Honestly, you may lose some guests throughout the evening. Not everyone stays until the end, so having things so late might mean some people miss it. If you are ok with that, then it can work. Personally, I am doing the following (suggestions from my photog and dj were taken into consideration):
6:00-7:00pm—Cocktail Hour for Guests/Couples Photos/Wedding Party Photos
7:00pm—Wedding party entrance, followed by Bride and Groom
7:00pm–Reception begins (food stations open)
7:50pm—Champaigne Toasts—Dad, Thank You to Parents
8:00pm—First dance, followed by father/daughter & mother/son dances
8:00-10:45pm—Dancing, Smores Bar at 9:30pm
10:45pm—Last Dance, followed by clean-up/tear down
Post # 6
@bmo88: Love your time line we are having guest stay at a hotel will that make a diffrence right at our reception site. what time should we start the Ceremony and the cocktail hour I want a one and half hour long Cocktail Hour
Post # 7
@lovelypinky40: Will the ceremony and reception be at the same hotel?
We are having our ceremony and reception in the same courtyard. Guests will leave the courtyard briefly (there is a side area), but will return to it for the reception. So that is why our timeline is more condensed with no time for “travel.”
Post # 8
@bmo88: yes all in the same place!!!!
Post # 9
@lovelypinky40: Hmm, I would suggest a 6pm ceremony start and a 6:30pm cocktail hour start (like you have), but start the reception by 7:30pm.
Post # 10
Our wedding won’t be so late but we’re getting all the designated dances/cake cutting/bouquet toss out of the way first so that people will still be there for it. After that we’re just playing music and whatever happens happens. I think you might be planning it out a little too much, just trust your DJ will know how to work a crowd and don’t get let down if people leave early/don’t dance.