Post # 1
We are having our wedding at a venue where we can have the ceremony & reception and the allocated times are from 6-11pm. I feel like it’s not a lot of time. I use to work at a wedding venue for receptions and the dinner usually started at 6pm! How can that be if our wedding ceremony doesn’t even start until 6pm. What shuold I do? We can tack on two additional half hours for $100 per 30minutes but I feel like we’re getting jipped(sp?)
This is the timeline the venue has set-up but we’re able to change it to our liking:
Set-Up/Delivery as early as 10am
Pre Photos as early as 10am
Post- Photos 6:30-7:30 (having the cocktail hour at the time for guests)
Dinner served 7:30-8:30
Cake cutting 8:45pm-9pm
I feel like the oldies would be ready to go home 30min ago by now. Do you think I should book a different place for the ceremony and have the recpetion start at 6pm and have it go on until 11pm? I love this place for our reception as it has a great price with it and our ideal venue. I was never very satisfied with the gazebo for the ceremony but I liked the fact that we do save money by not having to transport all of our wedding party from the ceremony site to the reception.
Any suggestions would be helpful. 🙂 thanks!
Post # 3
Our wedding was from 6-11pm and we found it to be the perfect amount of time for our guests! If it helps any, here’s our timeline:
8:30 am Girls arrive at Hotel
Hair & Makeup (beginning with Bridesmaids & Moms)
12:00 pm Getting ready shots of Girls at Hotel (mostly staged for BM)
Bride Hair & Makeup
Bride gets into dress
Photos of girls on stairs at Hotel
1:30 pm Girls depart Rose Hotel for Ruby Hill
1:45 – 2:00 pm Everyone arrives at Ruby Hill
2:00 pm Getting ready shots of guys at Ruby Hill
2:30 pm First Look at Ruby Hill
2:45 pm B&G photos at nearby locations and Ruby Hill
3:30 pm Bridal Party Photos at Ruby Hill
4:15 pm Immediate family photos at Ruby Hill
5:00 pm Done with Photos
5:30 pm Guests begin to Arrive
6:00 pm Ceremony
6:30 pm Reception
7:20 pm Bridal Party Announcements (18 ppl)
7:25 pm First Dance
7:30 pm Salads are served
7:40 pm Toasts (MOH, Bridesmaid or Best Man, Both Parents)
7:55 pm Entrees are served
8:10 pm Bride Changes into Chinese Dress
8:15 pm Cake Cutting
8:20 pm Table Greeting
9:10 pm Video Montage
9:20 pm Father/Daughter, Mother/Son’ Bridal Party Dances
10:00 pm Bride changes back into wedding dress
10:20 pm Bouquet & Garter Toss
11:00 pm Last Dance
Post # 4
You could always do toasts and cake cutting during the end of dinner to save time. That way, dancing can start a half hour earlier. Or, shorten your cocktail hour and do the majority of your pictures before instead.
We have similar timelines, but we did decide to add an hour on to the dancing and do an after party.
Post # 5
Thank you both! I love the advice so far. 🙂 I’m not picky if my fiance and I take photos before the ceremony and I think it’d be great to have one on one time to ourselves for a few minutes. 🙂 So taking majority of the photos before hand may be best for us.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Mine will also be 6-11. I doubt that you’ll need a full hour for dinner- once people are served, they should finish in 1/2 an hour. We’re doing our first dance right after we enter, so that the dance floor is open and the party can start!
Post # 7
This was our event time, and it was perfect. I originally wanted to add time as well, but 5 hours ended up being just right.
Post # 8
We have five hours from the ceremony’s start (ceremony takes place across the street from the reception venue and should last about 35 minutes) to the reception’s end (that’s a hard and fast time – zoning regulations require our ending at 10pm, no bribery allowed) and trust me, we’re concerned. But, I think it’s do-able. We are: doing our first dance during the cocktail hour, skipping the salad course and only serving soup and entree during the seated dinner, and skipping the cake cutting (neither of us wanted to do one any way). After dinner, we’ll do two parent/child dances and two ethnic line dances. We aren’t doing any other special things during the reception – garter/bouquet, tributes, etc. That’ll leave us about 90-120 minutes of pure dance-partying (and cake-eating). I think that’s sufficient. After that, we’re going to a bar within walking distance of the reception site and hope people who still want to dance will come with us. That said, if we had six hours from start to finish… I think it would still feel like a blur, so maybe that’s just the nature of the day, no matter how much time you allot.
ETA: we’re doing pictures pre-ceremony as well.
Post # 9
We’re doing 6:30-11:30, so basically the same as yours, and I think that will be a sufficient amount of time.
Post # 10
I think it’ll be perfect. I know in Springfield, MO, where I live the typical reception only lasts 3-4 hours, and I’ve been told by photographers and such that that is average. I think it’ll be the perfect amount of time. And with it being shorter I think your guests will be more likely to stay the entire event instead of getting tired and feeling like its dragging on and leaving early.
Post # 11
I just went to a 6-11 wedding and while it was enough time, it sure did feel like it went by really fast!
Post # 12
i hope so, cause mine’s 6-10:30! lol.
then again, my ceremony and reception are in the same place
edit: saw that yours is too
Post # 13
I feel so much better knowing a lot of people are having the 5hr wedding ceremony and reception.
We are wanting to do some of the special dances along with the garter/bouquet toss but I really don’t think that’ll take very long just something quick once the party gets going.
The dinner is buffet style which is the norm for me. I’ve never been to a wedding where you get served at your table and I’ve even been to several black-tie weddings.
Using the suggestions above- What if…
1) have the toasts (MOH, Best Man, and parents) towards the end of the dinner
2) after we’re done with the toasts go ahead and cut the cake and the cake will be distributed to tables/they can come get it themselves
If we’re having a cocktail hour with drinks and cocktail food like imported and domestic cheese, fruit platter, and other light nibbles do you it’ll be too much if we have dinner pretty much straight after?
Post # 14
We’re getting married at a museum and I’m having a 6-11pm wedding too! At first I was worried it might be too short, but I’m starting to think it might be just right. We’re planning dinner to start at 7:30 and I hope 3.5 hours for reception will be enough time.
We’re thinking of doing toast near the end of dinner too maybe before the video montage. I want to do cake cutting a bit later after that since people say guests feel cake cutting somewhat signifies the end and I don’t want people to leave early 🙁 I’ve read it’s best to leave it until the last hour of the reception.
We’re doing cocktail hour too, but unlimited tray passed of three hor d’oeuvres. My relatives are used to the chinese style banquets with eight courses so I think it’ll be okay, lol, especially when they see dinner will be just a salad and entree. I wouldn’t worry about people being full from cocktail hour. Usually hor d’oeuvres make me hungry for dinner 🙂
We have to stop the music at 11pm but the catering manager says it’s okay if people linger a bit later. They will do cleanup from 11pm-12:30am. I think if you had to fit cleanup before 11pm, that may be too short!
Post # 15
This is the exact same time slot we have picked for our wedding! I think it’s plenty of time, but around here, receptions are usually an hour-ish. We’re going to be partying hard, haha.