Timing of ceremony/dinner/etc

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
Member
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

It depends what you want. You won’t fit dancing or a big party into that 4 hour slot, so if you’re ok with that then 4-8 sounds fine. Are you doing pictures before?

Post # 5
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10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@HannahGrace:  Well if you aren’t eating until 5, say that’s done by 6:30… that doesn’t leave a ton of time for dancing. It’s also fairly early, and I’m just basing that off my own opinions – I wouldn’t feel like dancing much at that time because I need to be liquored up before I display my horrible dancing skills!

Post # 7
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10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@HannahGrace:  I think what I’d do is make is 4-10, or 5-11 or something. Those extra 2 hours would make a big difference I think. Is the extra cost reasonable? 

Post # 8
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545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@HannahGrace:  I agree 6 hours for the reception is probably best. Do you need to reserve time for set-up and clean-up as well? While our wedding was 6 hours, we had the space for 8 hours to allow for set-up and clean-up. 

Post # 10
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1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@HannahGrace:  We are doing a 20 minute ceremony as well outside (weather permitting) and the reception will be held inside the wedding site. we are elotting 6 hours from Ceremony to end of receptionand it still doesnt feel like enough time.

This is out time frame (this is just an estimate)

5 – 5:30 – Ceremony 

5:30 – 6:00 – cocktail “hour” (open bar)

6:00 – 6:15 – Entrance and get ready for dinner 

6:15 – 7:15 – Dinner, Speeches, Cake Cut

7:15 – 7:30 – First Dance, Mother son dance, and Father daughter Dance

7:30 – 8:30 – Dancing

8:30 – 8:45 – Garter Toss and Bouquet Toss

8:45 – 9:30 – Dancing

9:30 – 9:35 – Groom/Grandma dance (fiance’s request)

9:35 – 10:55 – Dancing

10:55 – 11:00 – Good bye speech and last song. 

 

 

Post # 12
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1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@HannahGrace:  If you dont have to squeeze in all of those annoying things I wish I could do without, I think 4 hours is perfectly doable (not counting the ceremony. I would plan it like this (you can obviously change it up)

4 – 4:15 entrance

4:15 – 5:45 – If you are doing a cake cut you can do it in this time.

5:45 – 7:45 – Dancing

7:45 – 8 – Good bye speech (if you want, or you can always nake rounds) and last songs and dances if you would like. 

I think 4 hours would be perfect for that kind of a wedding and honestly I think if you provide liquor from the start enough people will get liquored up enough to dance 😉

 

 

Post # 14
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1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@HannahGrace:  lol. I always have to make schedules to know if it is going to work or not so excuse my whole schedule thing. lol. But yes I would love to go to a wedding that hands me booze the second I walk into it…

Post # 15
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ours goes a little something like this.. mind you.. we are having between 40-70 guests, and we are having food “stations” to avoid long lines so our food service will probably be slightly quicker than normal.

 

 

 

4:00 pm

Ceremony begins!

 

4:30 pm

Cocktail hour/photos

 

5:30 pm

Buffet style dinner.

Bar Open

 

6:30 pm

First dance/Wedding Dance/Dollar Dance

 

7:00 pm

Candy buffet, cigar bar & photo booth will open.

 

8:00 pm

Cake cutting & serving, follwed by garter & bouquet tosses.

 

9:00 pm

Late night snack – Nacho Bar

 

 11:00 – 11:30

Party ends!

 

Post # 16
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545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@HannahGrace:  We had cocktails and snacks available when guests arrived for our ceremony. It was great! 

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