Post # 1
Ladies……Need helping deciding my times!
I need to order and finish my invites soon (designed myself) However I have no clue what time to have anything.
Here are the few things that are definite. Need to end reception at about 11:30 but not ooposed to ending at 11. We have DJ for 4 hours of dancing/party music and 2.5 hours of dinner music.
We can use the church at any time but one thing I am trying to figure out is when to have pictures. Wedding is Jan 11 and the sun should set at about 4:30pm ish.
I was thinking of doing a 2:00pm wedding should be done about 2:30 or 2:45 and then a short receiving line.
Pictures from 3-4:30
Dinner at 5:30
Dancing from 7-11 or 7:30-11:30.
Does that seem like a good timeline? Is that too much time in between for guests between ceremony and reception?
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@jessdoxy: That’s a pretty substantial gap between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of dinner (roughly 2.5 hours). Is that typical for weddings where you are? If so, what do guests do during that time since it really isn’t enough to go home and come back?
We generally have a cocktail hour but I don’t know that you need one since you are serving dinner so early. I will also point out that 4 hours in a row of dancing is a lot to expect from your guests. Is there a shift at some point in the evening? Say from a live band entertaining the crowd to a DJ for the late night (after 9pm) crowd?
Also, 2.5 hours for dinner is a really long time for people to eat unless you have like 250+ guests and they are being served multiple courses (more than 3). If you have buffet stations or a 2-3 course meal, 2.5 hours is going to be a huge amount of time for people to finish eating and get restless.
Post # 6
Thanks for responding. It’s kind of typical in this area to have about an hour or hour and a half gap.
What do you think of
Cermony 2-2:30 or 2:45
Recieving line until 3:00
Cocktail from 4:30-6:00
Dancing to follow
Dinner would be for about 200 and it would be a buffet
Post # 7
@jessdoxy: If your pictures end at 4:30, do you need a whole hour before dinner is served? I think the first timeline you posted could work if dinner was served soon after you finish pictures, maybe at 4:45 or 5. I wouldn’t want to leave guests waiting as long as you have it now.
In your second option, I don’t understand the hour and a half gap between the end of the receiving line and the beginning of cocktail hour. What will your guests do during that time? In this case, I’d start the cocktail hour immediately after the receiving line ends and have it from 3-4:30 while you take pictures, and then serve dinner very soon after.
ETA: Usually, I think the point of a cocktail hour is to keep guests entertained while the bridal party takes photos.
Post # 8
I’d have cocktail hour from 3:30-5 then dinner at 5 or 5:30.
Post # 9
@CurlyTop24: Thanks for the advice.
It has been a while since I have attended a wedding I can’t remember the timing of things. I should have held on to all the invites to look back on now.
Post # 10
@MrsN14: Thanks I think I may go with that for dinner and cocktail hour
Post # 11
@jessdoxy: You’re welcome! I’m sure it will all work out. Good luck! 🙂