Post # 1
So, we just met with our venue coordinator and set out the wedding day timeline. At our venue, we can go as late as we want, but I need to figure out an end time for the DJ. What would you reccommend? Is 9:00 too early? It is a Sunday wedding, so that might influence the time. Any other advice on our timeline? Thanks!
12:00pm Arrival and Rehearsal
12:30 Getting Ready Time
4:00pm Cocktail Hour
6:45pm First Dance, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, followed by open dancing
7:30pm Cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, followed by open dancing
Post # 3
I would do the first dance as soon as you enter the reception, then toasts/cake cutting, followed by dinner. Then do your father/daughter and mother/son dances. Then open up the dance floor. You can do your bouquet/garter toss as a little 10 minute break in the middle of the open dancing.
I think 9:00/9:30 would be a good time to end it because it’s on a Sunday.
Post # 4
You could let it go till 10, but a lot of people might leave before then. If you want a big exit, I might do 9. How far do your guests have to travel?
Post # 5
You might as well have it go until 10 for those who want to stay. However for me personally, I wouldn’t stay past 8 unless we were very close.
Post # 6
Thank you for your input!
@IzzyBear: I like the idea of the first dance right away!
@CaroBee: Guests have to travel at least 30 min to an hour, unless they are staying at the venue (most of our family will be, but other guests won’t)
@Pinkmoon: I feel the same way about leaving at 8! 🙂 I’m trying to decide if it’s worth paying the DJ until 10.
Post # 7
I’d plan and hour for the rehearsal. And I’d separate the cake cutting from the tosses. And how many people are you having? I’d start the first dance as people are finishing their meal, which may be earlier.
Post # 8
@JenGirl: I thought an hour for the rehearsal too, but our venue coordinator said half an hour. I am going to have hair and make up done before, anyway, so it’s just touch ups and getting dressed after. Basically, I’m preparing for it to take an hour to hour and a half- just in case!
The reason our coordinator had us put the cake and tosses together is that the tosses keep guests entertained while the catering staff gets the cake ready. Do you know what is normal to do while the catering staff gets the cake ready?
I think the idea is to do first dance when people finish eating, but I will double check on that because that is what I want!
Post # 9
I am having a Sunday wedding with a ceremony start of 3:00, so similar to yours! We are going to do almost all of our pictures before the ceremony, that way we will only need about 30-45 minutes to take family photos. As soon as the ceremony is over guests will head to the reception to start going through the buffet, so about 4:00. We will do our grand exit at 8:00. So about 4:30 we will do our mother/son and father daughter and first dance, with guests joining in as they finish. We’ll sprinkle in cake and bouquet as well.
Our venue is a 45 minute drive from the city most of our guests live in. Farther for some people. We don’t want people drinking and driving and staying out late on a Sunday. We are also leaving at like 5 am for our honeymoon the next day, so we don’t want to be up late ourselves!
Post # 10
@The_Future_KB: Thanks for sharing your timeline! Our venue is a similar drive for most guests, so it was especially helpful!
Post # 11
You have the same timeline we do!!! We’re also wrapping up at 9 on a Sunday night 🙂
Post # 12
@DaniLyn: Glad it was helpful! The timeline has been one of the more stressful parts of planning!!