Post # 1
I have found a venue that the FI and I love. Yet, the venue allows two events per Saturday. The morning (10am-5pm) and Evening (6pm-1am) with a 7 hour time limit. The venue has a bridal room for myself and the bridesmaids to get dressed and prepared for the big moment.
I am considering a saturday evening to hold our wedding ceremony and reception. Since I will not be allowed to enter the facility until 6pm ( the caterer can arrive at 5pm but the other vendors can not enter the building until 6 pm ie. Florists, DJ, etc.) If we chose the sat evening time slot, we would have to have all the guests out by midnight to provide the vendors to clean up and leave the premise by 1pm.
I’m thinking 7:30 for a ceremony, 8-8:45 cocktail hour followed by Dinner/Dancing 9-12. Is this too late for guests? Yet I don’t want to be rushed as well. What do you think of the timeline?
Post # 3
I think your timeline is a good one. It is the same as ours, except our time begins at noon. I am also sometimes thinking that we might be rushed, but then sometimes I think it will be plenty of time. I don’t think it is too late for the guests. A lot of weddings take place during your timeframe.
Post # 4
I think that timeline is fine. I have been to weddings with similar timelines and everyone had a great time! As a guest, I know that when I see a ceremony starting at 7ish, I won’t be eating til 8 and usually eat right before.
Post # 5
For a sophisticated/”city” wedding, this doesn’t seem too late to me, but it completely depends on your guests. Will you have many elderly guests and/or families with children who would have a hard time eating & staying up that late? Or will it be more of a young adult crowd, who are used to partying late?
Regardless, the dinner time is somewhat late. You might think about a 7:00 ceremony and a shortened cocktail hour so guests can be eating before 9?? Or, maybe consider serving heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a full dinner, and let guests know so they eat something beforehand. That way the dancing/party time will be maximized, instead of losing a full hour to dinner.
Post # 6
I think your timeline is fine too.
The only thing that I would make sure of, is that there is a clause of something in your contract that gaurantees the earlier wedding will be out before 6. Because having 1 hour to get all the guests out, and tear down, may be over 1 hour, and that would be awful for them trying to tear down as your trying to set up.
Post # 7
Thanks for the great input fellow bees!
@ NotYourTypicalBride-Majority of our guests will be a mix of young/older family members who becoming from NYC and Chicago. They are defintely used to late night party action.
@Annie AAA-Yes, it is in the contract that the previous party will be out of the facility by 5pm. The party must to be out of the facility by 5pm or they will occur a late fee ($500/hr). I know I wouldn’t want to absorb additional fees.
Post # 8
@Radiant Bride: I think that 9PM dinner time is a little late and I’m a late eater and a “city” person. Could you skip the cocktail hour and do dinner at 8ish, and maybe a late snack before the party wraps up?
Also, one idea that *may* work is contacting the bride from the early wedding. Maybe there is some decor you can share and that way the set-up/take down for both of you could be better. And of course you could share COST which is nice.
Post # 9
I’m getting married there at 3:00 PM, cocktails immediately following, then a reception. We should be finished no later than 9:30-10:00 pm. I have a lot of older people coming from out of town, and I’m not a night person! Also, I reserved the whole day from 10 am Saturday to 1 am Sunday so there’s no wedding but mine – and I don’t have to worry about anyone else for the day. I had a similar schedule at first like yours (6:00 pm to midnight) but when they told me I could have the venue all day, I jumped on it!
Post # 10
@PMSJL: Now that the wedding is approaching in 3 1/2 months, we are able to buy additional time at the venue (purchasing the enitre day was not in our budget). Now the ceremony will start at 5pm, cocktail for one hour and then on to dinner.