(Closed) Day of timeline help

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

If you’re doing first look photos before the ceremony I would ask your photographer what time he wants you ready for that. Work backwards from that, add in time for you to get dressed and take more photos before you leave, travel time, and how long hair and make up will take and that is what time you should start your hair and make up.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@RizNat: How long is your ceremony? How far away is the reception venue from the ceremony venue? Have you confirmed with the reception venue they will be ready to recieve guests early?

My wedding was at 3:30. I had hair and makeup done for my mom, all 5 bridesmaids, and me.

We started at 9:30am with hair and the makeup people came around noon.

I probably sat down for hair around 12:30 and was in the makeup chair around 1:30. My dress went on at 2:30. 

So going by that timeline, you might want to start hair around 10 to have plenty of time for hair, makeup, getting dressed, putting jewlery on, some photos and then transport to the ceremony venue.

 

Hope that helps!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

AH! I AM IN THE SAME BOAT!

this has been the most stressful part when i think of the wedding lol. because usually receptions go well into the night.. midnight ish. and with having a ceremony at 1 i cant expect my reception to go so late! i also cant make everyone wait forever to start the reception much later than 4! maybe something like this?

ceremony 1-2

pictures 2-4 (probably wouldnt take the entire 2 hours, but some do i guess idk!)

cocktail hour 4-530

dinner 6

reception 7-???

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

i am doing pictures before the ceremony as well.. i am doing the meet and greet with my Fiance at 11-1230. im not sure if we need the whole 1.5 hours? but i believe thats what our photographer laid out for us. & maybe that also includes some pictures with the men & ladies too. were allowed to be at the church by 10am, so i think we should both plan on an early morning!

i think hair needs a good 2 hours. my best friends wedding last summer had hair at 9am for her 3pm wedding and we were all there until 1130, not getting to the church until about 1215. then we all got dressed and did makeup at the church, had some lunch and pictures for the bride&groom with family began.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had the exact same factors! Here’s what we did:

At the house:

6:30 am: hairdresser arrives (3 bridesmaids, my mom, and I all had our hair done by one artist)

8:30 am: makeup artist arrives

10:30 am: get dressed’

11:00 am: photographer arrives for photos

12:30 pm: cars arrive, take family and bridesmaids to the church, bride and her father to the church

Church:
1:00 pm: ceremony

1:45: VERY quick receiving line and tea/cakes/beverages in the church cafe for people while receiving line is going on. 

2:30: bride and groom leave the church to go take photos, people either stay to mingle and nibble a little longer at the church or head to reception venue for pre-dinner drinks. 

Reception Venue: 

3:30: bride and groom arrive at the reception venue, mingle with guests and take photos with family in the garden

4:15: everyone goes in for dinner (should have been 4 but got pushed back!)

5:45: champagne is poured for toasts and post-dessert coffee is served, speeches begin

6:30: guests head to another room while things are being changed over for the dance–go to the bathroom, use the photobooth, go to the bar for a drink, mingle with bride and groom, etc.

7:00: guests head back into dance room, wedding cake is served and dance is set up

7:30: first dance with band

8:30: DJ comes up to give band a break, evening buffet is served

9:30: band comes back on stage

10:30: bouquet toss and grand exit

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@RizNat: most of those things are totally up to you–we didn’t do a first look, but it really helped to get all of the wedding party pictures out of the way beforehand. We were also half an  hour away from the venue, so you could adjust your schedule for whatever you want!

As for timing of the reception, we only did it because we wanted to stay on schedule. I’ve been to one too many weddings where the dance floor doesn’t even get moving until 9:30 or so. Our band was slated to start playing at 7:30, and since the staff had to turn over the room for the dance, we needed to be out by 6:30. Barely made that deadline–our cake cutting was a very fast-moving afterthought because the speeches took longer than we thought they would!

We did our dance after dinner as it’s more of a UK thing–I think it’s pretty normal in the US to dance before dinner. Our bouquet toss was more me tossing it over my shoulder as we were on our way out–nothing intense, lasted about 15 seconds. 

In the end, it’s all about what you want to do! Adjust it to your day–there aren’t any set rules, really!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

No, i don’t think so! We were EXHAUSTED by 9… you may have a few guests wishing for more dancing, but the party is in your honor, not theirs!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m also a 1 pm bride, but my hair dresser, my home, the church and the reception hall are all within a 5 minute drive of each other so maybe my timeline isn’t realistic for anyone else.

Hair & Makeup – 9:00 AM (One hairdresser does mom and me, the rest of the girls are done by other people) 
 Home by 11:45 – get dressed and getting ready photos
Leave for church 12:30 
Wedding starts 1:00
Family Pics 2 – 2:30
Wedding Party Pics – 2:30 – 5:30 (This includes a stop for ice cream)
Cocktails begin 5:30
Dinner 6:30
Speeches 7:15- 7:45
Photobooth/Mingling 7:45-10:30 (We aren’t having a dance)
Grand exit – 10:00 ish

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

@red_pepper_gal: what are your guests doing from 2/230-5/530ish?!

i love your timeline! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@wifegoodman: Whatever the heck they want. It’s very common to have a gap between the wedding and the reception here. I have never been to a wedding without it. Since our house, the church, the hall, several restaurants and a large mall are close, people can choose to do what they like. My mom will probably have some people back to her house. Usually when I have that situation, my friends and I go for coffee somewhere. I expect a lot of people will find a restaurants and have drinks. 

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