Who wants to help with day of logistics?! :)

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Should we serve fruits, veggies, etc before dinner? and when do we do the 1st dance?
    Yes. Don't have your guests just have drinks for 40 minutes. : (31 votes)
    62 %
    No. The guests will be fine waiting 40 minutes for dinner to start. (yard games/socialize) : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Immediately after you and FI walk in the reception : (10 votes)
    20 %
    Wait until after dinner : (7 votes)
    14 %
    Other---please explain below! :) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3756 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Yes to snacks for the guests. Do you really want people on an empty stomach just drinking for an hour? Give them something to snack on.

    I want to do the first dance immediately upon entering, but my venue has asked that we do not as they prefer to get dinner service underway as soon as possible. So the entrance will have everyone going to their tables, and then dinner will be served, and then the formal dances. I am not sure if I’m going to just have them do it my way or not.

    Post # 4
    3735 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @futuremrskirkman:  I would do hair and makeup earlier. Having hair and make up end at 2pm and then expecting everyone dressed by 2:30pm seems really ideal but I wonder how attainable it will be.

    Also, when’s lunch?

    I’m hungry.


    Post # 5
    8850 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Definitely do the snacks.  People like something to munch on while they booze.

    Our timeline went ceremony, cocktail hour, entrance (we just showed back up after photos and made a little speech thanking everyone for coming), dinner, toasts, first dance, parent dance, everyone dance, cake cutting.

    Post # 6
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Definitely have some snacks for your guests during cocktail hour.  I’d build in some buffer time into the schedule for photos.  Photos have taken longer than expected at just about every wedding I’ve been to, including my own.

    For the dance, I really don’t think it matters.  We did ours first thing after the bridal party intros to the reception…but I think it works either way.

    Post # 7
    637 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @futuremrskirkman:  I LOVE the way your timeline looks. Is that a template you found somewhere? If so, please share!

    Post # 8
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @futuremrskirkman:  Yes please share where you got that timeline template!

    Post # 9
    1107 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Definitely snacks!  I went to a wedding once where they only served alcohol during cocktail hour, and people were tipsy and drunk by dinner. It was awkward and uncomfortable, which is why we’re not serving alcohol until dinner haha. Just punch and snacks beforehand.

    First dance, I would do when you enter the reception venue. Not only is it out of the way, but then you won’t have to worry about it through dinner, or worse, have a bit too much to drink during dinner! 

    Post # 10
    3016 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

    Me three!!! I love it! And my ceremony is likely to be at 6 as well, so I’m interested in your timeline. 😀

    ETA: Also, it never even occured to me to do a first dance before dinner! Is that common?

    Post # 12
    1926 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Yes to snacks during cocktail hour! Always good to provide some munchies with booze.

    We did our first dance immediately after intros.  I liked it like that – got it out of the way.  

    Then we had appetizer & dinner.  Then we did father daughter & mother son dance.  Then opened up the dance floor for general dancing.  Then cut the cake & had dessert, then more dancing.  I liked the way it flowed!

    Post # 13
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @futuremrskirkman:  Love the timeline, it’s super cute! I voted for providing apps during the cocktail hour. Even if only some of your guests eat them because it’s a shorter cocktail “hour”, having them as an option is a big plus! I also voted for having the first dance when you first come in…I feel like people are more relaxed once the first dance has taken place, so I like when the first dance comes early!

    PS I think maybe the icons were accidentally switched on the cake cutting and the dancing! 🙂 

    Post # 15
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @futuremrskirkman:  We set out a tray of fruit and a tray of veggies so guests weren’t drinking on an empty stomach.  It cost less than $100 for trays at the local grocery store.  It doesn’t seem like a long time but if you’re serving alcohol at your cocktail hour, 40 minutes to an hour (if you run late) can mean Aunt Em gets a little tipsy/mouthy rather than a nice buzz.

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