Post # 1
I am at a complete loss! I have not been to many weddings… This is long and I aplogize in advance, and most definitely thank all of who can help!!!!
First question: When I write Ceremony start on invite 4:30pm does that mean my guests will arrive prior to and be prepared for ACTUAL ceremony start at 4:30? Or will they arrive at 4:30 and we will start few minutes later?
Now please help with my timeline…!
We will be having the cellist playing from 4-6pm.
We are having an outdoor ceremony and tented reception.
Our invites indicate Ceremony 4:30pm, reception to follow. For Bees info-(at same site)
Our ceremony will last roughly 15 minutes. We will have champagne toast, lemonade and appetizers while the bridal party takes photos. I plan to have everybody move into the tent and the bar will open, once the cellist stops playing at 6pm. We are doing open seating. (150 guests, mostly family) Heres where I run into trouble…
How to I time and arrange. We have an MC, I assume he will welcome guests. When do we do speeches. When do we start dinner. When do we do special dances, cake. We plan to end at 1am.
Bee’s PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me. I appreciate and trust the advice I can find here from you all. Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
@Misshotsauce: I’m not really the best to be answering your timeline question, as I pretty much have the same questions for my wedding. However, if I received an invitation that said “4:30pm” I would be there probably at 4:15pm (and assume it’s starting at 4:30pm).
Post # 5
Ok… this might be a long response so sorry if I expand on things too much:
1. If the invite says ceremony at 4:30, that means the ceramony begins at 4:30 so guests should plan to arrive prior and you will begin at 4:30 (now, does this actually happen all the time? No. so, if you end up starting a little late, no problem.
2. Work closely with your MC as he will be the one “in-charge” of the day and will be leading the festivities and keeping the parrty going. He will have many helpful suggestions on when to do all of the things you have listed but at the end of the day, it’s all up to you.
3. How long do you expect dinner to be? How important is moving to the dancing and “fun” (if this is what you’re interested in)?
I’ll list a rough timeline for you so you can get an idea of why I’m asking the above questions.
6:00- cocktail hr
7:00- seating begins
7:20- dinner begins
7:30- “entertainment” begins
8:00- “entertainment” ends
8:45- speeches end (hopefully sooner)
8:40- dessert begins
8:40- mother-son dance
8:45- father-daughter dance
8:50- first dance
8:55- opening dancing begins (hopefully sooner)
12:00- reception ends with option to continue
Now, this is just what I have also seen a lot of cake-cutting and first dance right after introductions. I wanted to keep my guests entertained throughout dinner and keep the evening moving. I wanted to get through dinner and speeches as quickly as possible because the fun dancing and such is important to us. We’re having a seated dinner with almost 300 people. We’re not having a receiving line and will say thank you’s throughout dinner.
Hope this helps some… good luck!
Post # 6
@mocha82: Thank you!!! Lots of great info and suggestion.
Any other suggestions bees???