Post # 1
I was discussing the order of activities with my bridesmaids. I figure, ceremony 6:30 pm, guests are taken to the reception site at 7 for cocktails. We arrive at 7:30 and dinner is 7:30-8:30. Toasts, cake and dancing will be from 8:30-10:30. Bee honest – too short or just right?
We are not doing garter toss, bouquet toss, special dances..
Post # 3
too short in my opinion, and too late for dinner. But I’m used to Catholic weddings that start at 2pm. And the dancing usually lasts until midnight.
Post # 4
I think you should give yourself a little more room for error. I am not sure what kind of ceremony you are having (church or otherwise), and how far your reception site is from your ceremony site, but regardles you might want to tack on some extra time for the ceremony/travel/arrival so you don’t feel rushed taking pictures, doing receiving line (if you are at all), and, ya know… taking a minute to breathe with your new husband 🙂 As for the reception time, it seems short to me, but you know your guests better than I do so you will have a better understanding of how much dancing they will be interested in doing.
Post # 5
I agree don’t extend your wedding timeline to the edge of the page, give yourself a little more margin for error, because things will ALWAYS take longer than you think.
Post # 6
We started at 6, and our ceremony was only 10 mins. Then we had a small cocktail hour, and dinner was at 6:45, then dancing, tosses, and cake and more dancing. But we were fortunate that we had the space until we were ready to leave. We ended ours at like 11:30, when it was only our families left!
Post # 7
That seems short. Our reception will be 5 hours. I’d recommend at least 4 hours.
Post # 8
I seems pretty short. our ceremony/reception is 7 hours.
5:00 pm Cocktail Hour
6:00 pm Ceremony
7:00 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Desert Buffet & Dancing
12:00 am End of Reception (however we reserved a party suite at the hotel for friends that want to keep on rockin’)
Post # 9
Thanks ladies. We have the option to add another hour (for $500 plus bartending charges). I guess we should add it. BTW our ceremony will be about 20 mins long and our ceremony site and reception site are at the same venue.
Post # 10
Having it at the same place will help. I think a four hour ceremony reception is fine if it’s all in the same place, you do pictures before and you’re not “late night” people.