Post # 1
I am wanting to start setting up my day of timeline. Can you ladies share yours with me though so I can get a better idea of what the heck I need to do?
I have a very very rough outline but not sure where to go from their. This is what it looks like so far. Please tell me what I am missing or if I am not giving enough time in one area.
8:00 venue is open to us
8:00 breakfast with the girls at Cafe Du Monde (Leave N.S. at 7:00)
8:45 arrive at venue
— set up ceremony and reception till 11:45
EAT LUNCH on site
Get ready from 12:00-4:00ish
Photographer arrives at 4:00
Ceremony 5:00 (How long should this take?)
5:30 Second line
5:30-6:00 Cocktails while we take photos
6:00 – Reception
Set times for different things during reception????
Outline for ceremony??? (Already set up who walks with who)
Post # 3
The ceremony should only take about 20 minutes or so as long as it isn’t a long involved religious ceremony. Are you having an officiant? They should be able to help with where everyone stands and the flow of it.
Post # 4
Sounds great so far! I’m from NOLA, where are your ceremony & reception? Also, are you staying on the northshore and driving over that morning? It seems like you have a lot to do the day of your wedding..I would encourage you to cut back a little..maybe do coffee & beignets the day before…?? I’d love to help in any way 🙂
Post # 5
Your cocktail/post-ceremony picture time seems too short -I would suggest an hour (particularly if you and your FI aren’t having a first look.)
Post # 6
it seems like you don’t allow enough time to take your pictures. our photographer asked us to set aside 1.5 – 2 hours to take our photos.
Post # 7
This was my general timeline. Our vendors did all the set-up work for us and we had a Catholic ceremony so this might not be super helpful. We had about an hour after our ceremony for pictures with the bridal party/immediate family at the church and outside. We also took portraits at the reception for about a half hour while people were dancing. Looking back, I wish the photogs hadn’t pulled us away from the party for pictures. I think people got bored waiting for us. I would get all your pictures done all at once.
Post # 8
@JoJo Bananas Thank you for your outline.
The idea with our photos is that we will take our pics prewedding with our individual parites (me with the girls and him boys). I specifically told our photographer I don’t want to be stuck in the front when all of our guest are in the back having fun and waiting on us so they can eat. I really have until 6:15 planned for photos and dinner to start at 6:30. Our ceremony and reception are all in one location.
So if our wedding only takes 20 mins like our officiant said it should that leaves us about an hour for photos. Is that better on photo time?
@ranunculuslove: I am getting married at the Benachi house in Mid City. Did you know where it is? I am staying on the NS because I am staying at my Aunt’s house so ugh yes I will be driving from the NS on the morning of. The reason I was going to Cafe Du Monde is because all of my girls are traveling in from out of state and their hotel is pretty close to there. We have to go down that way to get all of the girls so I thought we could do a quick breakfast.
Post # 9
You don’t have ANY time for pics!!!!
9:30am Breakfast with my girls
10:30am Head over to get hair done
12:00pm Head over to venue where makeup artist will meet us in the bridal suite.
12:30-1:00pm Makeup is done
1pm-2pm Get ready
2pm-4pm First look and pictures
4:pm-4:45pm Sit with my girls, snack, and talk about how NERVOUS I am!!!!
5:20pm-6pm Cocktail Hour for guests and more pictures for us
Post # 10
@MissAsB We are having an officicant and he said the ceremony itself should only be about 20 mins. I have figured out who is walking with who and how I want them to line up. We are going to have one reading, a memorial candle, unity candle and end with a Family Sand Ceremony for my son.
Post # 11
I’m attaching our wedding weekend packet with my OCD timeline. I went a little bananas with the details, so hopeully it can help!
Well boo, it’s not attaching the file. Here’s the link to it in Google Docs: Wedding Party Packet Template.
Post # 12
How much setup is there and how many people will be there to help? We started bringing things in at 8am and never left there until almost 1pm and we had 9 of us. It depends on how much you need to do, but we just brought doughnuts,bagels and coffee with us and stopped when we needed to eat or drink insted of stopping for a real breakfast…there just wasn’t any time.
We were late for makeup and hair too, but the girls just got started without us (same timeline as yours), but the photographer was there at 2pm for getting ready pictures at both houses. Is this something you don’t want or have discussed with yours?
The timeline of the reception itself can either be handled by the DJ or coordinator according to your wishes. Cake cutting, bouquet/garter (if doing) and anything else you need time for …toasts, dances…there’s honestly so many things happening you really need someone to guide it along.
Post # 13
@soonerpsych :Thank you so much! That is very detailed but I like to be very detailed also. I just wasn’t sure where to start LOL.
@smyley: My Aunt told me that she didn’t think I was allowing enough time for set up. We will have to set up all the tables and chairs. The caterers will set all tables and place on centerpieces. However, I am diying my flowers and debating if I want to do the 25 centerpieces the morning of or the night before have to travel with them. They take me about 3 mins each to do and I figured I would have help. I have around 11 people that will be there to help with set up.
—-So set up should include this
Table put in correct places (17-25 tables)
Chairs out for ceremony (100 chairs) — 5 rows on each side with 10 chairs
Hang wreaths on side doors and gates, hang letters on front door
Put in 10 shepards hook (5 each side) and hang tea cups
Set up table with unity candle, memorial candle, and sand ceremony
Set up table outside gate with hankie basket, fans and water bottle tubs
Baker sets up cake table
Set up guest book and frame — Birdcage on gift table
Milk Glass vases on mantle
Candles around brick flower boxes
Hang paper lanterns
Set up one table with centerpiece for caterer to see.
WOW that is the first time I wrote it all out.
Post # 14
Yep…pretty scarey when you really break it all down. We were screwed by the caterer who told us we only needed to set up one table with how we wanted everything and they’d do the rest. He was supposed to have 4 people there plus himself while the chefs were prepping in the kitchen. By 10am none had shown up. When I asked him where was all our assistance, he had the nerve to say he told them not to bother since we had it all under control. I was exhausted and quite angry, but it was too late to not finish. At least all the tables and chairs were already in place.
We had 4 banquet tables for chef prepped food service, 12 guest tables, cake table, dessert bar ~2 banquet tables,DJ table, placecards and guest book table, 8 hi tops and 5 outdoor tables on the deck. All needed tablecloths,centerpieces,chair covers,favors and everything else on all tables~at least we didn’t have to do the cutlery, dishes and glassware too. We also had a mantel to do and 50 outside chairs for the ceremony,large candles and hanging plants…it really was a ton to do. I’m so happy I chose not to DIY the flowers too.
I hope everyone shows up who says they’ll help, but you might consider skipping the breakfast and just providing some snacks. Eat with the girls while you’re all getting ready.
Post # 15
@smyley: Thank you for your help. This is why I love the bee! That sucks about your caterer. I really hope that doesn’t happen to me. Fingers crossed. If need be my parents and some other family members can be used to keep working while I have to start getting ready.