Post # 1
How does this timeline look?
12:30 guests seated
12:45 first guests through buffet
1:00 last guests through buffet
2:00 cake cutting
2:30 first dance
3:30 bouquet and garter toss
5:00 bride and groom leave, reception ends
For people who know more aboout this kind of thing, will this timeline work?
Post # 3
is 15 minutes enough to get the first through last guests through the buffet line? How many guests will there be?
Post # 4
Its small, less than 100. And that one is an estimate its not super important that they be done by 1, just as soon as possible I guess. Would it take a lot longer though?
Post # 5
@Tigerlilybride: I think it would take longer. You are also only giving your guests 30 minutes to eat. They may want to talk and linger over their meals.
How many buffet stations do you have? You may need to allow for a lot longer if there is only one.
Our wedding day timeline is something like this:
1:15 pm Ushers arrive at ceremony
1:30 pm Best man and groom arrive at ceremony
1:45 pm Groom’s parents arrive at ceremony
1:50 pm Mother of bride and bridesmaids arrive at ceremony
1:55 pm Bride and father arrive at ceremony
2 pm Ceremony
2:30 pm Photographs
3 pm Drinks reception
4:30 pm Guests are seated
5 pm Speeches
5:30 pm Three course wedding meal
7:30 pm Cake cutting
8 pm First dance
8 pm – midnight Dancing
Post # 6
I think my timeline will go like this:
2:30: ceremony ends
3:00: cocktail hour begins (we’re paying an extra hour so the guests can stay cool. After all, the wedding is held in July)
5:00: first dance
5:05: dinner and toasts (during dinner, we’ll be stopping by every table in lieu of a receiving line)
5:55: cake cutting
6:00: father/daughter dance
6:05: mother/son dance
9:00: reception end (after-party at a nearby bar, guests can also go to the local fair for fireworks)
Post # 7
Ooh I love fireworks!
Anyways they actually have an hour to eat, until 2. We just have a bit of a problem with time because FI’s parents have to leave at 3 and we really want them to be there for everything important. I suppose we can try to get people starting to go through the buffet sooner though, Maybe enter and seat everyone a little before 12:30.