Post # 1
I’m having such a hard time figuring out our timing for our ceremony and reception. We can’t order our invitations until we figure this out. Here is what we have so far. What do you think? Comments/suggestions welcome.
12:45pm-“first look”, then drive to a different location for our bridal party photos
4:00-5:30pm-champagne and appies, family photos (during this time guests can hang around or go back to their hotel room (next door) to have a drink etc.
6:00-7:30pm-dinner and speeches
8:00pm-dance starts (sunset is at 8:00pm)
12:00am-music winds down
so… anything to change/add? We haven’t been to that many weddings so we don’t know if this is good timing. We really need to figure this out so we can start our invitations!
Post # 3
So, if you’re doing a first look an hour and a half seems like a long time for family photos, you might only need like 30-45 minutes, so you could move the ceremony back.
Is it a cocktail hour or a gap? I’m confused.
What is happening between 5:30 and 6:00? Do you have a large bridal party that is going to make a big entrance?
If you are having a buffet then the dinner won’t take that long, but if you are having a plated dinner it will.
Are you doing tosses or parent dances?
Post # 4
@Zusie: Thanks for your suggestions! We both come from large families, so we were thinking family photos would take awhile. But you’re right maybe we can shorten that time to 45 mins or so… I was thinking it would be both a cocktail hour and a gap. If you wanted to stay and have a drink/chat you could, if you wanted to take off for a bit that would be OK too. I think we were thinking that people would start to arrive at the reception at 5:30pm then dinner would start at 6. That would give people time to get a drink, find their tables etc. We definitely aren’t making a big entrance or anything. We’re having a “family style” dinner (with platters on the table) so maybe that won’t take as long as we though… no tosses but yes to parent dances.
If we could condense things it would be great, since we only have the photographer for 8 hours (or pay $195/hr extra)