(Closed) Day of Timeline Part 2 *please critique*

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
23 posts

It all sounds in order! I like how you have everyone getting things ready at 11;30 and let the girls get ready while guys finish, wonderful idea!

Post # 5
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

looks good to me- just make sure you leave enough time for hair and makeup! Every wedding that has started late there has been an issue with hair and makeup!

Post # 6
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Are you doing a bouquette and garter toss? If so is it something you want the photographer to capture? If not everything else looks good.

Post # 9
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m going to have to say there’s not enough time built in for photos.

First up was this: I think you’re going to want more time for these photos

3:00 PM  Bride and Groom First Touch photos
         Girls finish doing Hair and Make-up
         Groomsmen finish getting ready
3:30 PM  Bridal Party photos
3:50 PM  Groomsmen Party photos


Second: I don’t think you’ll GET all the photos you want in a mere 1 hour…

5:00 PM  Cocktail Hour Begins
         Bride and Groom take photos alone
         Bride and Groom with Entire Bridal Party Photos
         Bride and Groom Family Portraits
            (Bride’s Mom and Dad, Groom’s Mom, Groom’s Dad and Stepmom,         Bride’s Mom, dad, and siblings, Groom’s Mom, Dad, Stepmom, and         siblings, Bride’s Grandmothers, Group shot of all parents, grandparents,         and siblings of both sides)

Post # 10
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Photography time might be fine; depending on how comfortable your guests are with each other.  I’m assuming your photographer has given you some input in this area based on the size/ages of your family members and others in the post-ceremony pictures.

Post # 12
44 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

@michiru4ever:  Who is helping you get dressed? I’m having my girls get ready before me, that way when I’m getting dressed and the photographer is taking photos, they’re not all in tank tops and shorts.

Post # 15
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This timeline has been such a huge help,  I was so worried i was the only one who was having a small wedding and nixing the garter/bouquet toss. 

Post # 16
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@michiru4ever:  I’m a wedding coordinator and put together wedding day timelines for a living. Here’s what made me go “huh?”:

1) I would recommend against you spending 3 hours the morning of your wedding setting up yourself (even if it’s with the help of others). Hire it out or ask for favors from your friends and family. This is YOUR day, do not spending it running around like a chicken with your head cut off.

2) I don’t think you allowed enough time for dinner. Buffets run faster than plated dinner service, but regardless of the party size, we always allow an hour for dinner service. I can’t tell if your dinner ends at 7 or 7:25

3) 25 minutes is way too long for speeches. Speeches are usually 2-4 minutes each. How many people do you have talking? I would do speeches and then immediately roll into the special parent dances. Otherwise, you’re holding your guests hostage at their tables for 1 hr 45 mins.

4) 30 mins of dancing before the cake cutting is not enough. Your events are too closely spaced. I would start your speeches during dinner – it’s dead time, might as well use it for something and wrap up your toasts by 6:50 and your special dances by 7:10. You and your groom will be the first to eat and done eating by 6:30, I promise. You’ll have time to mingle and do the toasts while others are eating. I would open the dance floor at 7:15 and give your guests a solid hour before you cut the cake. Then cut the cake at 8:15 and do the newlywed game at 8:25 to give your cake cutters a chance to cut the cake into individual servings. You can wrap up the game by 8:40 and give your guests back another 1 hr 10 mins of dancing. You want longer stretches of dancing, not short bursts.

Just my two cents… 🙂

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