Wedding day – how is/was your day set up?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Our ceremony was at 3:00, and our reception began with a cocktail hour at 5:30.  I wouldn’t have wanted to do any earlier- getting up at the crack of dawn and having to rush to get ready wouldn’t have been fun.  We did photos after the ceremony.  We actually ended up getting finished early and arrived at our cocktail hour only about 10 minutes late.  It worked out great.  We got to mingle with our guests and even eat a few appetizers before our formal introductions.  

I personally wouldn’t have wanted later either- my nerves would have been a lot to handle, and I wanted to spend the bulk of the day with my husband (we didn’t want to see each other beforehand).  I do think that evening receptions are the way to go if you aren’t having a full meal reception.  

Post # 3
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

My ceremony was at 5:30, so appetizers came out at about 6:15, iirc (it’s all a blur).

I left the house at about 11 a.m. to get my eyebrows done. A friend and her husband met me there and then we had coffee. I made my way over to the venue by about 2 and had lunch with my cousins, who helped set up (there wasn’t much to do). Then I started getting ready. It was pretty easy-going.

Post # 4
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am still working on my day of timeline, but our ceremony is at 3:30. It’s just a small family ceremony, and will be done by 3:45. We have our social hour starting at 6, and dinner at 7. The rest of our guests will come between 6-7 then.

In between the ceremony and the start of social hour, we plan to do family pics and some other fun pics around the hotel/nearby bar.

My sister had her hair done for a wedding in May, and it took 1.5 hours – so I’m trying to plan that time so we can be back to my parents house to get ready, and head down to the park for pics before the ceremony around 1. Right now, I’m thinking 8:30-9 for hair (there is only 3 of us), and hoping it doesn’t take too long. But… that may change!

Post # 5
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

-sunshine-:  Hair & makeup wraps up at 12pm. Bridal pics start at 12:15pm. Groom at 1:15pm. First look at 3pm. Ceremony at 5:30pm. Reception to follow.

Post # 7
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

-sunshine-:  our ceremony was also at 3pm. perfect timing. nothing had to be changed. 

Ceremony at Church started promptly at 3pm. Our ceremony ended at 3:30-3:45, cocktail hour wasn’t until 6pm, so guests were able to go to the lounge at the Catering hall for drinks, or some people went home and changed. Our venue was really close by to everyones homes, so I didn’t mind the gap. We had a receiving line and took pictures at the church from 3:45-4:45, headed to the venue, and took pics fom 5-6. Then headed back to the bridal suite and scarfed down some food, and then we partied from 6 to 11pm! 

No changes. Everything was really smooth

Post # 8
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

-sunshine-:  I only have one stylist. But she takes an hour a person. So with me and my 3 bridesmaids, I’ve blocked out 4.5 hours. It is on site (ceremony and reception at the same place), so while one girl is getting hair and make up done, the others can be doing other things. But yea, I never expected it to take that long. We are doing first look photos first, then bridal party pics, so I’ll probably be the second or third to get hair and make up done. My wedding is on Saturday, so I don’t know how it all plays out yet. We’ll see if it all goes to plan.

In case you were wondering what my outline is…

  • 10 am – venue opens, set up reception and ceremony
  • 10-3:30 – hair and make up
  • 12 – Lunch for wedding party
  • 12 – Reception set up
  • 1 – photographer arrives for getting ready photos
  • 2 – first look photos
  • 3 – Family Formal Photos
  • 3:30 – Wedding party photos
  • 4 – Hide bridal party away
  • 5 – Ceremony
Post # 9
43 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

Commenting because I would like to know how others have structured their day too! Our wedding is semi-destination and we will all be at the same venue all day – I am worried about what to fill the day with especially for the guys.

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