- 2 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
Hi all, it’s been awhile since I rapped at ya but I could use some help solving some problems in my wedding plan/itinerary. Advice about my previous dress indecision was appreciated – I ended up returning both dresses I was stuck on, and buying a third dress that I’m really happy with!
Reading the “Worst Wedding Cliches” thread has strengthened my resolve to NOT give in to family pressure and do lame stuff that makes me cringe inside. But by eliminating many common wedding traditions I’ve left myself with some blanks to figure out about the ceremony. Please take a look at our draft plan/itinerary below and tell me your thoughts:
Note: My wedding is in late summer, about 55 people, on a vintage yacht, 11-2pm, serving hors d’oeuvres and brunch cocktails, buffet-style lunch, and open brunch bar plus beer and wine. No wedding party, no over the top dress or decorations, family members as photogs. Vibe is casual/carefree.
9:30ish – FI, me, and close family gather at marina. FI and I will do a first look before guests arrive. I don’t understand why some posters have said First Looks delay the reception, but anyway, in this case, our FL will happen before the guests arrive.
10:45am – Guests arrive, board, are welcomed by staff with mimosas
11:00am – Cruise begins
11:00am – Hors d’oeuvres (research said 2-4 pieces per person for an hour before lunch. I am thinking of purchasing about 4 per guest since they may not have eaten breakfast yet, and may be hungry?) FI and I will mingle with guests.
11:45am – Ceremony on upper deck. Guests will already have seen both me and FI, so no need (or desire) for a grand entrance. No DJ, so I’m not even sure how possible it will be to have a certain song playing. I’m OK with walking up the aisle holding FI’s hand, but he wants something a little more dramatic than that. I don’t want to be walked up the aisle by anyone else. Does anyone have any ideas for me???
12pm – Ceremony over, lunch buffet to begin on lower deck
12-1pm – Eating. Upper deck is changed from ceremony seating to cocktail-style seating right after the ceremony, so after getting their food people can go upstairs to eat in the sun or stay downstairs and eat in the airconditioning.
1:00pm – Toasts near the end of lunch. Should toasts be on upper deck or lower? How to make sure everyone gets in the same place? Should toasts happen immediately after ceremony instead? Or after cake cutting?
1:15pm – Cake cutting and eating (the one traditional thing we’re doing. The cake came along with the wedding package we bought, so SOMEONE has to cut it…)
1:45pm-2pm – Dock and disembark. Guests will take a favor from a basket as they leave the boat.
2pm – Guests gather at marina for formal family photos. I think it might be difficult to get everyone to stay for the photos, but if we take formal photos during the boat cruise, it will use up a ton of time.
If you think of any suggestions, unforeseen problems you think I might encounter, or ideas, please let me know!!! Thanks all.