Post # 1
My Fiance and I have found an absolutely lovely little wedding venue to hold our ceremony. My only apprehension is that we get a STRICT 90 minute timeline, as it is a venue that books many weddings a day (I know- wedding conveyor belt. Ew. But it’s perfect)
Does this sound okay to you guys?
Their timeline is:
30 minutes for guest arrival
30 minutes for ceremony
30 minutes for departure
If we were to go with this option, how do we make sure guests don’t arrive EARLIER than our 30 minute slot?
Just add like
“We kindly requests guests arrive no earlier than _____” ???
Any ideas? Thanks bees!!
Post # 2
I vote that it depends on how many guests that you have coming. It can be harder to move larger groups of people.
Also, if you arrange transportation between reception venue and ceremony venue, then you can effectively control when guests arrive or depart. But again, depends on how many people you expect, and if there is budget room for it
Post # 3
Kannon: Thanks for your input!
There will be ~60 guests, and while we probably can’t arrange transportation, the ceremony/reception venue is about 15 minutes apart
Post # 4
Maybe ask the venue how their clients typically keep guests moving? Does the 90 min include set up for decor and any audio/video?
I would be more worried about people being late rather than too early… but with 60 people you could probably circulate the need for promptness pretty easily. If there is nothing going on for the guests to hang about for (food, watching wedding photos, etc), then you should be ok. If you had more people, I would worry that groups would hang about and chit chat
Post # 5
I think you are fine. Don’t over think it. I am guessing the venue makes a big deal of this so the bride isn’t late
Post # 6
The time limit doesn’t bother me. Unless you’re getting married in a church with a full mass I don’t think 90 minutes us unreasonable because I assume it’s a small space, with small staff and they need to get things going in order to set up/tear down in time.
What DOES bother me is sharing a wedding ceremony space. If I wanted that I’d save the headhace and wait in line at City Hall or drive to Las Vegas. Just the thought of other guests mingling on the property waiting for me to get down so they can come in for their wedding irks me, lol.
Post # 7
pipsqueak: I agree it depends. We had this ‘problem’ but the ceremony site was beautiful, if this is not the case, I would shop around. Our timeline worked out and we actually had too much time. We planned 30 minutes for photos, 15 minutes to let guest in and 30 minute ceremony. We did not plan for a depture but had one at last minute. The extra time at the end was just in case. We spread the strick timeline by word of mouth but there was plenty of stuff to do in the area in case guest arrived early.
But I do not agree with their timeline. You should add in time for photos (unless you are planning to do them after the ceremony), you will not want to take them with guests walking around.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for the response! We thought about the courthouse, but we are (semi)religious, and didn’t like that (our local) courthouse wouldn’t allow ANY religious aspects in a ceremony. Not even a small prayer. So we decided this may be our best bet. The rental fee is only 400, which is only $50 more than our local courthouse.
But yeah, kinda sucks that it is a wedding conveyor belt, but it is a suuuuper cute little place!! I’ll attach the link for anyone who wants to see it! Just incase youre nosey like I am
Reception will be a the future in-law’s 🙂
Post # 9
pipsqueak: Can you find any reviews for the place online? If a bunch of people are saying they didn’t have enough time, I’d be concerned.
I would assume it works for most since everyone else has the same time constraints and they have plenty of clients.
Post # 10
pipsqueak: I think it sounds fine and that there would be no need to advise guests of anything. Most guests won’t arrive more than 30mins early.
I do think that you should whittle your ceremony down to 15-20mins but allocate 30mins. Just better to have a buffer than not.
Post # 11
pipsqueak: I don’t have much advice for you but wanted to say I think 90 minutes is enough! Mine is 45 minutes (beautiful registry office) and I am not worried (about 90 people coming but place seats 120)
Post # 12
Just out of interest what are the consequences if you run over? Does the venue fine you?
Post # 13
- Wedding: February 2017 - Hagakyrkan
pipsqueak: thats what our church does. The entire day is split into 90 minute intervals and booked full. People would have to be extremely distracted to not make it in or out of the church in half an hour. The ceremony starts when it starts 😛
Post # 14
My brother got married ina church on a Sunday, and timing was very strict because of church ceremonies throughout the day. The biggest problem was that if people were late, they were not able to be let in. However, since the guests were warned that if they were late, they would not be allowed in, everyone was on time. A good way to ensure you get everyone out on time is to arrange transport for everyone to your reception venue. I dont have the timing problems, but our venue has a very strict policy about wedding guests only being allowed on the property half an hour before the start of the ceremony, and if they are not off the premises by midnight (we have one venue for the ceremony and reception) then we start incurring some pretty scary fees. We dont actually want our wedding to go that late anyway, but we think providing transport for our guests back to town from our rural venue is good way to make sure they are out of there when we want them gone!