Post # 1
Our wedding starts at 5 p.m., cocktail hour at 5:30, and then dinner around 7 p.m. We’re not seeing eachother prior to the ceremony, so all of our photos will take place during cocktail hour. My wedding planner has it set so the dance floor opens to everyone at 9:20 p.m. (which, in my opinion, is really late) and the bar closes at 11 p.m. We’re serving late-night snacks at 10:30 p.m.
Do you think we should keep the bar open until 11:30 p.m. since the dance floor is opening up so late, or do you think we should keep the bar open until 11 p.m. and open up the dance floor a little earlier, like around 9 p.m.? The reason why the dance floor opens up so late is because she wants toasts to happen AFTER dinner, which is around an hour and a half.
We’re doing a sparkler send-off at 11:30 p.m., FYI.
Post # 4
@seattlefashionista: Why is it taking 2 hrs 20 mins to open the dance floor once dinner starts? I would definitely open the dance floor asap. As a guest, that shit gets boring quick.
ETA: I just re-read your post. Do you really need 50 mins for toasts? That seems excessive. You can do some toasts while guests are still eating or in between courses.
Post # 5
I agree – open up that dance floor earlier (if possible). Some guests will want to dance rather than waiting that late to party 🙂
Post # 6
@LilRhodyGem: I should have mentioned that after the toasts, we’re cutting the cake, doing the father-daughter dance, then the mother-son dance. She allotted 30 minutes for toasts.
Post # 7
I recently went to a wedding where the dance floor didn’t open until 10:00 pm, after hours of toasts. My FI and I seriously considered sneaking out because we were so bored. I say open the dance floor earlier if you can. I would try and either cut back on the toasts, or fit some of them in while people are eating.
Post # 8
open the dance floor early.
i went to a wedding on saturday, the bride and groom weren’t introduced until we had been sitting for almost 30 minutes, then we had to listen to all the speeches, toasts, first dance, etc, eat our dinner, and then finaly we were able to dance. i like dancing intersperced between all the events.
ours starts a little later than yours, but our rough draft time line looks like this:
6:15 – pre ceremony rituals
6:30 – ceremony starts
7:00 – cocktail hour begins
7:55 – guests star getting ushered to reception
8:05 – wedding party introductions
8:10 – first dance
8:15 – mother/daughter dance
8:20 – general dancing begins
8:35 – blessing/salads served
8:40 – welcome speech by MOB, MOH toast, BM toast
9:00 – mother/son dance
9:05 – dancing resumes
9:25 – dinner served
10:00 – hora then regular dancing resumes
10:30 – anniversary dance
10:35 – cake cutting
10:40 – dancing resumes
11:50 – last slow dance
11:55 – last fast dance
Post # 9
@ajillity81: We’re doing the hora and anniversary dance too, prior to the dance floor opening up to everyone. I like your timeline a lot better!
Post # 10
@seattlefashionista: thank you! FI did our timeline.
i was a little concerned dinner was too late for ours but i think it will work out fine.
Post # 11
@seattlefashionista: I took the advice of the bees and this is our timeline. My wedding starts at 4:30 and ends at 10 but you get the idea…
4:00 Prelude Music
4:25 Seating of the Mothers
4:30 Groomsmen & Groom enter
4:30 Bridesmaid enter
4:30 Bride enter
5:00 Cocktail Hour Starts
5:50 Reception Hall Opens
6:00 Grand Entrance
6:05 First Dance
6:10 Cake Cutting & Toasts
– Best Man, Maid of Honor, FOB
6:30 Dinner begins
7:30 Formal Dances
– father/daughter and mother/son
7:40 Open Dance Floor
9:00 Bouquet & Garter
9:45 Grand Finale
*WeddingBee hates me. This was in a nice format and now it’s all huge and spaced out*
Post # 12
@ajillity81: We are compressing our schedule similar to you. We are having speeches, toasts and some dances in between courses. We may even cut the cake before dinner so that it can be served immediately following the feast.
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
You don’t need to close the bar until 30 mins before the end. Also, you can do toasts whenever. We did it immediately after being announced and walking into the reception (so right after cocktail hour).
Post # 14
Why do you open the dance floor up at 7:30?
Post # 15
@lina010: Well, dinner doesn’t start until 7 p.m. and I wanted people to finish eating before we open the dance floor. And I also wanted to do our first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, and cake cutting first.
I’m thinking we just start the toasts during dinner so we can open the dance floor early. Even 9 p.m. is better than 9:20!
Also, our bar package is for five hours only. Since the bar opens at 5:30, it technically closes at 10:30. But we thought 10:30 was too early to close the bar, so we’re paying an additional $300 to keep it open an extra half hour. If we wanted it open until 11:30, we’d have to pay $600 total. 🙁