(Closed) Can you please help me with my timeline.. what would you do?

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

How would you feel about a first look? by doing pics before wedding you would virtually eliminate the ‘gap’ issue. if you are totally against the idea t

then I would do the canapés and ask if you could get a signature drink or just do red and white winE.  if they won’t accommodate you for reasonable cost per person then maybe they could do some fancy non alcoholic drinks ??

Post # 5
7978 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d do a first look and then do all the family and bridal party photos before the ceremony. I think it’s pretty awkward to make your guests stand around for an hour with nothing to do…

The “recessional/congrats” – are you having a receiving line?

Post # 7
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@beautifullyboheamian:  a first look isn’t for us wither. we actually have an almost identical timeline. we have kept it with the gap based on attending a family wedding. they had a 1.5 hour gap at a wedding where the ceremony and reception were in the same room. people paid cash for drinks for that hour with little problems. just ensure you have plenty of food and warn them of the cash bar for an hour. 


The best part about this is people are less inclined to get drunk prior to dinner when it is on their own dime. 

Post # 8
2955 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

@beautifullyboheamian:  I don’t think it’s a problem at all.

Most weddings I’ve attended their is usually 1 hour in between and I don’t think it’s a big deal at all.  

Post # 9
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@beautifullyboheamian:  Do you by any chance have two photographers?  What if you did some photos before in separate groups – the guys with his groomsmen, and you with your girls – get a bunch of those ones out of the way, so you only have the ones with the two of you, and your family to do after? That way having it at 4:30 would be more do-able..

Post # 10
1814 posts
Buzzing bee

Can you do all of the photos that don’t have the 2 of you together before the ceremony so you can move your ceremony to 5pm?

Post # 11
1467 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@beautifullyboheamian:  I think the canapes is fine for then. At most weddings I have been to, the bride and groom missed most of or all of the cocktail hour. That’s fine! Most venues are willing to save a plate of appetizers for the bride and groom. Don’t let your photographer pressure you into having the ceremony too early. But if you really want to be there for cocktail hour, I think it’s fine if it’s cash bar and there are appetizers available. Lately there’s been all this flack for not having a 100% open bar and I personally feel that that is BS. At least my family would never complain about a cash bar. They’re there to see beloved family or friends get married, not for a drinking festival. 

Post # 13
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@beautifullyboheamian:  Your timeline is really similar to mine, and I’m just having the one venue too – if the ceremony is in an outdoor area you could have lawn games or something inbetween? We’re having a rockabilly band at our reception, so we’ve organised a group dance lesson for guests and canapes while we get photos taken.  

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