Post # 1
I just received this timeline from my coordinator at the venue. It’s making me sad! It feels like there’s no time for dancing and fun! Does this look normal? Should we try to add some time to the night (which obviously increases the cost for the venue/bar/DJ)?
______ – Transportation to Ceremony
3:00PM – Ceremony Off Site
5:30PM – Cocktail Hour Starts
6:30PM – Doors Open for Dinner Dance
6:45PM – Introductions for Bridal Party and Bride & Groom
6:50PM – First Dance
6:55PM – Blessing/First Toast
7:00PM – First Course Served
7:20PM – Father Daughter Dance/Special Dances/Additional Toast
7:45PM – Entrée Served / Vendor Meals
8:00PM – Dance Set
8:30PM – Cake Cutting
8:35PM – Bouquet/Garter Toss (if doing)
8:45PM – Cake/Coffee/Friandise Served
9:00PM – Dancing
10:00PM – Chickies & Pete’s arrive w/ Cheese Steaks
10:30PM – Event Concludes
Post # 3
It looks like you have dancing from 8-103:30 with a break for the cake cutting and garter/bouquet toss, if you’re doing that. That’s 2 1/2 hours. Seems a decent stretch
Post # 4
@Glasgowbound: Ok, thank you. I think it just looks so busy on paper! I’m sure it will all be fine. Plus, we’re planning on heading the a bar (walking distance) after this with anyone who wants to join…so I guess that will help!
Post # 5
a suggestion, maybe you could do the toasts during dinner? that could elimiate about 30 min?
Post # 6
@phillybride61513: maybe plan for the cake cutting right after dinner? My DJ suggested that and I like the idea, leaves more open time later on!
Post # 7
I’m liking these ideas!! Keep ’em comin’!
Post # 8
@phillybride61513: I would agree with toasts during dinner, then cake and garter, etc. knock that all out and then dancing!
Post # 9
Why is there a 45 minute break between the first course and the entree? I’d be dyiung for food after that long a wait!
Post # 10
I’m not sure why the dacing is split in between the meal. I thought the opening dace was to open the daceing and the bridal party dance was to get more people out on the dance floor with the stoping and starting I feel like people won’t know when to begin to dance.
Post # 11
I think four hours is a good amount of time for a reception. You have a good space between items and anything over four hours for a reception seems to feel long as a guest unless you’re tearing up the dance floor.
The only things I noticed was that dinner should be kept as a block with the entrees and course not broken up by dancing. I realize most will be seated for this, but they will be talking and having the dance in between will create a lot of downtime when the wait staff will probably not be on the floor. Toasts being during the dinner block would work better because it’s more casual and the wait staff can start clearing plates or refilling glasses as necessary during that time.
Post # 12
And yeah I would extend if you can afford it. With so much going on things are bound to be late. I ahd planed 4 hours of daning and that just zipped by in a flash.
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I agree with others that the first course and entree should be MUCH closer together. It’s also weird to punctuate the meal with dances, in my opinion. Here’s my wedding day timeline:
3:00 Bridal party and family photos
4:00 Cocktail hour begins
5:00 Guests welcomed into ballroom
5:25 Bride and groom first dance
5:30 Best man/Maid of Honor toasts
5:45 Guests are seated for dinner
7:30 Cake cutting, Father/Daughter Dance and Mother/Son Dance
7:40 Dancing, Dessert served
8:50 Last Dance
Post # 14
Ummm…usually the bride and groom cut the cake and then serve the guests (I may be wrong here) – but that would take longer then 5 minutes?
And even if it didn’t you have to cut the cake – and then smush it – get a picture – and then RUN? over to the dance floor and start the garter bouquet toss? % min seems a bit short for that…
Post # 15
@crayfish: +1 – that lull seems awfully long.
There’s 45 minutes for the first course and 15 minutes for the main.
7pm: 1st course
7:45: father daughter dance / dancing….
9pm: Cake/tosses, etc.
I found that a chunk of people leave after cake… so, I’d do it then and then continue dancing after that…
Post # 16
I was in the same boat when I set my schedule as well I figured there was no time for anyone to actually have fun! But then I looked at actually all the breaks vs time dancing and realized that it was plenty just like yours =] looks good to me!