Post # 1
So, I was working on our ‘Day of Schedule’ and I had the sudden realization that our venue has us on a very strict timeline. Vendors can’t arrive before 3PM, guest can’t arrive before 4:30PM, music has to been done by 10PM and all guests have to be out by 10:30PM. I feel like there isn’t enough time for dancing or anything extra. To save time, I am getting ready at a different location and take pictures before hand.
Here is an outline of what I have so far…
1:00 Hair and Makeup at Location Unkown
2:15 Put on Dress
2:45 Depart for Venue
3:00 Vendors Arrive at Venue
Wedding Party Arrives at Venue
3:15 First Look Photos
3:30 Wedding Party Photos
4:30 Guest Begin Arriving
5:00 Ceremony Begins
5:30 Ceremony Ends / Cocktails Begin
6:00 Dinner Begins
7:15 Cake Cutting
7:45 First Dance
7:50 Father/Daughter Dance
7:55 Mother/Son Dance
10:00 Last Dance
10:30 Leave Venue
If you have advice, I would love to hear it.
Post # 3
The only thing i notice is 45 mins for dinner? That’s not very long?
Post # 4
@wwbga: +1. That woukd only make sense if you’re serving just a plated main meal. My 4 course dinner went for 3 hours so 45 minutes for each course. If it’s a buffet, you should leave atleast an hour?
Post # 5
I disagree, 45 minutes sounds like a great amount of time for dinner AND it’s not like you’re going to rip the plates away as soon as “times up”. You can have your guests still finish up while you move on.
One thing I am going to do is cut my cake and then serve dinner. We are doing a buffet so this way my guests will be paying attention and I will get to have this cake cutting memory but my guests can eat and get dessert at their own pace. I hate being rushed but I hate more having to sit for hours for food that is usually luke warm at best when I get it.
I think you’re timelime looks fabulous!
Post # 6
I think it looks good. People can finish meals during toasts and cake cutting, get cake, and go dance right away. I think that your timeline looks great and you won’t have a ton of people leaving early because you have a four hour dance party, etc
Post # 7
Seems to me that the allotted time for cocktails is very rushed. Your ceremony ends at 5:30 and dinner is scheduled to start at 6… is there a point for cocktails? Unless it’s just a bar? (‘Cocktail hour’ in my area suggests beverages + apps).
Post # 8
If you have a smallish wedding I think 45 mins is okay. My wedding had 56 guests (including the wedding party) and 45 mins to an hour was long enough. Everyone got served in a short time so a longer dinner time was uneccessary.
Post # 9
@pennylou13: Yeah we are just doing the bar thing for 30 minutes nothing big or fancy. Our ceremony and reception are at the same location and most of the pictures will be taken before the ceremony. So, the alotted cocktail time is just to give us time for a few last minute photos.
@Hippos: I would consider our wedding smallish. Less then 80 guests (including wedding party) and the majority are family.
Post # 10
Can you move your ceremony forward a little.
Our guests arrive 4pm and our ceremony is 4.15. No photos as these are done before. We are doing a mock cake cutting before our dinner, and for photos. That might give you more time.
Post # 11
I think it sounds fine! My friend had an afternoon wedding that went on long, and most of the guests left before the bride and groom did. I think a little bit of dancing is fine, but I think when it goes on for hours and hours, people start to get tired and don’t know what to do with themselves.