Wedding Day Timeline Help

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

alysee:  My only recommendation is do the cake cutting early (like between the appetizer course and entree) that way the staff can begin cutting it in time for dessert. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

alysee:  I don’t know if you can do anything about it now, but the time between the church and the cocktail hour is really short. 

We had a 3:30 mass, and we didn’t arrive at the venue until well after 5. And it was a 15 minute drive as well. Plus, we had to take pictures and everything before our 7:30 cocktail hour. it was a lot

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

FoxyBride14:  +1 Totally agree with this. Our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were in the same building and it STILL wasn’t enough time for pictures.

If you aren’t doing a first look, an hour might not be enough time if you’re going to be doing family portraits, bridal party pictures and “romantic pictures” during the cocktail hour. Any chance you could push it back another 30-45 minutes?

Also, speeches always take waaaay longer than people assume. Especially if you have people who like to ramble. We did ours before dinner even started just to get it out of the way. What our coordinator said would take 8 minutes ended up being about 40. It was longer than our actual ceremony…

Doing them between courses might irritate some people because they just want the rest of their food.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

alysee:  So you guys are not attending your cocktail hour? We attended our cocktail hour, and had our “grand entrance” when the reception part started at 8:30 along with the introductions of the bridal party, etc. Then we immediately went into our first dance, I believe the speeches were next, and we did the father/daugther & mother/son dances right before dessert.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would double check with your officiant that your ceremony will definitely only be 30 minutes, but if that’s the case I think you’re fine.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

alysee:  If you’re happy with it, then that’s fine. It was just nice attending cocktail hour because that was a way to get to talk to all of our guests, so we didn’t have to do all of that at dinner. I don’t drink a ton either.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

alysee:  I would give yourself more time. You are very much relient on everything going to according to schedule and that rarely IF EVER happens at weddings. Can you move your ceremony up an hour?

I would either give more time between events or do all your pics before hand. JMO

ETA: How long is your cocktail hour? Like if dinner is really going ot be served at 6pm its only going to be like half hour long? People need time to get to their seats and find their table ect…are you doing any bridal party introductions? Those take time too. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  Boxerlover24.
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