Post # 1
We get the photographer for 7 hours. Please let me know what you think. THis was put together very fast so I’m open for criticisms. We do not want to do a “first look”
3:00pm—Photog arrives to take pictures of the girls
4:00pm— Photog goes to take pictures of dudes.
4:15pm—Girls head to event center
4:30pm—Doors open/Guests begin to arrive/Pre-ceremony music starts
5:35pm—Cocktail hour starts
5:35pm— wedding party photos with family
6:00 pm— wedding party leaves for pictures
6:30pm— move guests into dinner
6:45pm—Buffet opens/Dinner served
7:10pm—(we can wait until people or seated or not I don’t care)
bride and groom entrance
7:20pm—All guests have food
7:30pm—bride and groom have toast then eat.
8:00pm—Dessert (cake cutting)
9:30pm—80’s hour ends “technically”
9:45 pm—receiving line. Pretty much a song of our choice plays and anyone who wants to say “goodbye” or “hello” to us forms into two lines while we walk down the middle and officially dance/speak with them. This is our exit. Photographer can also take photos of us fake leaving in our vehicle since he will be leaving at 10 pm.
11 pm—Music off
12:00am—Breakdown done, all staff departs
- Back to hotel hopefully for make up
Post # 4
Looks good to me! Even if photos/ceremony goes over, there looks like there’s plenty of padding with the speeches/dances so stay on-track with time!
Post # 5
Whoops I lied–You have your guests eating from 6:45 until 8:30. That is WAY long. Unless you’re opening the dance floor after the first song and THEN eating your dinner/cutting/serving the cake while guests are dancing?
Post # 6
Is it normal to serve guests in the absence of bride & groom?
Post # 7
I also found it a bit odd to have dinner when the bride and groom aren’t even there yet. Guests will be more focused on their food than your entrance.
Post # 8
Be careful with the amount of time you’ve allotted for photos. You want to make sure you get all the shots you want. You’ve only put half an hour for your bridal parties photos… What about ones of just you and your groom? You may not have enough time for it all.
Also, I’ve never heard of a receiving line being at the end of the night. I’m used to them being at the beginning during cocktail hour as guests are heading in to be seated for dinner. I like your thinking here… this way you won’t be obliged to stand there forever and people won’t be waiting in a line forever to shake your hand! Oh, I would have people seated but not eating when you make your grand entrance, you don’t want servers walking around while you guys are entering.
Otherwise, well thought out :).
Post # 9
@DarthBetty: Yeah i would have thought you would wait to serve dinner until you guys are there. If guests are only getting their food at 7:20 (i know some will get it earlier but for the stragglers..) they would then have to leave their food to watch your first dance.
Post # 10
@DarthBetty: Yeah, I also don’t get why you’re opening the buffet before you are in the room. Why aren’t you doing your enterance at 6:45 & then the buffet opens basically two minutes later.
Also, if you’re going straight from dinner to cake/dessert, I would do the cake cutting & then start the dance music. People who want cake will wait for it/come back for it. But people who don’t will be sitting there a LONG time with nothing to do.
Post # 11
I think it would be a bit awkward to serve your guests, then do the first dance and toasts, and then say, “Well, can you all just wait in your seats for a half hour while the bride and groom eat?” I would also say you don’t need 25 minutes for family photos (unless you have a LOT of photos you want). Most photographers can get through a list really fast. So, I would do something more like
6:45 – Bride and Groom Enter and buffet opens
7:30/7:45 – Toasts
7:45/8:00 – Cake Cutting
7:50/8:05 – First Dance
8:00/8:15 – Dancing
Also, did I misunderstand this? You and the groom are leaving at 9:45, but the rest of the guests are supposed to be staying until 11:00? I’m assuming there’s some kind of typo there, because that sounds a little odd…
Post # 12
That seamed like alot of time for getting ready. A hair appointment at 10 when your pictures aren’t till three is pretty drawn out, especially if you are asking bridesmaids or family to go with you. I would be exhausted if I had to be running around from 10am till 11pm when the reception ends. Also I don’t think you need an hour of just getting ready photos, a half hour should be fine otherwise your photographer is just going to get repetitive photos. I would aim to start hairstyling around noon, makeup around 2 then the photographer from 3-3:30 or something.
Post # 13
Maybe weddings are different in your area and circle of friends but I think this timeline is very strange.
-I hate it when the ceremony starts later than the time given. I showed up 10-15 minutes early already, I don’t want to wait 10 extra minutes for the ceremony to begin.
-I find it very strange that guests are supposed to start eating before the B&G get there. As a guest I would probably refrain from eating until you got there. Also, people will be more focused on eating over your grand entrance and first dance (not sure if you care).
-You have a very long dinner time. Since there are not courses and they eat everything at once they will likely just be sitting there for over half an hour before dessert comes out.
-If you truly want to greet all your guests then 9:45 is a bad time to do it. By then, the older folks will have left and you won’t actually greet everyone.
-I also find it strange that you are leaving before the guests leave. I highly doubt anyone will stick around until 11pm if you leave by 10pm.
Like I said, not sure if this kind of time line is normal in your area but I’ve just never heard of eating before the B&G come and also staying at the reception after they leave. Seems a bit weird to be at an event for so much time without the hosts actually being there.