Post # 1
Hello Brides to Be!
When are your timelines? We are looking at 4 or 4:30 for the ceremony, and I’m trying to figure out what to put on the invites. We have free reign of the location for ceremony & the reception. So, I was hoping to do 4:30 ceremony, cocktail hour from 5-6 and dinner starting at 6:30. The sun will set around dinner time where we’re getting married. I have no idea how to do this timeline thing! Some vendors say dancing before cake, some say after… what are you ladies doing?
Post # 3
I have no clue also. I will be kepping an eye out for your answers.
Post # 4
We are doing….
ceremony at 3:30
cocktail reception at 5:30-6:30
dinner at 7
we will probably do cake and stuff while people are dancing. Most wedding I have been to recently, no one has even announced the cutting or anything. Sometimes the DJs announce it.
Post # 5
While we don’t have a timeline completely nailed down yet, I have ordered our invitations listing a 4:00PM ceremony time… so whatever we do, it’s working around that!!!
We have a small wedding of only 25 guests and no bridal party. In addition to that, since our wedding is at a mountain lodge most of our guests will be staying there Friday night and will already be there the morning of the wedding. So a lot of the typical timing considerations don’t exactly apply to us. While I have some general ideas of how things are going to go, I plan on consulting with our hair/makeup artist, photographer, venue coordinator and DJ to compose our timeline. But this is my general, preliminary timeline subject to futher revision:
8:30AM — Breakfast
9:30AM — Easy 1-mile hike up the mountain to take in the fall air and views with whoever wants to join us.
Board games (Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples, etc.), pool table, footballs and frisbees, etc. will be available for recreation throughout the day.
12:00PM — Lunch for everyone
1:00PM — Start getting ready… hair and makeup for me, my mom and Future Mother-In-Law.
3:00PM — Begin pictures
4:00PM — Ceremony
4:15PM — Holy crap we are married!
4:20PM — More pictures. Hopefully a group picture if we can coordinate it.
4:30PM — Cocktail hour
6:00PM — Dinner 20oz prime rib steaks!!!!
6:20PM — Toasts
7:00PM — First dance, father-daughter, mother-son; open dancing.
8:30PM — Cake Cutting
9:00PM — Bonfire and s’mores bar
Post # 6
We are getting married in the UK, so maybe a longer day but here’s ours:
1 pm Start to arrive. They can socialize in the bar area and be greated by the grooms party at this time
1:45 pm Guest are seated
2:00 pm Ceremony starts
2:45 pm ceremony finishes
2:45 pm Canapes and drinks are served, we have our photos taken and then mingle with guests
4:00 pm Dinner starts
6:00 pm Speaches
7:00 pm We cut the cake
7:30 pm, our first dance, then scottish country dancing begins for all the guests
10:00 pm Evening buffet and cake is served
12: 00 am Event finishes.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
Our DOC just sent us our timeline, so here it is, if anyone needs something to work from. I think she gave us a good cushion of time for things that prob won’t take that long (i.e, the walk from the hotel to the photo location is literally just accross the street). But I am always running late, so thats a god safety net.
Post # 8
Here is our timeline. I like cake in the middle of the dancing, If you do everything in a row, dinner, toasts, cake, bouquet toss, etc it feels like everything is over at once
4:00 pm Ceremony begins
4:30-5:30 Cocktail Hour
5:30 Announcements of bridal party/bride & groom
5:35 First Dance
5:40-6:40 Dinner –Toasts towards the end of dinner
6:45 Mother/Son Dance
8:00 Cake Cutting
8:15 Bouquet/Garter Toss 8:30-10:00 Dancing for the rest of the evening!
10:00 Last song
Post # 9
@Mint2BMrsB: Our ceremony is at 3pm, cocktails and hors’d’orves are from 3:30 – 5pm and dinner starts at 5pm.
Our reception is finishing at midnight so we wanted to start a bit earlier to give enough dancing time.
Post # 10
Our first dance will be after dinner
Post # 11
In general our timeline will look like this:
2:00/2:30 – Arrive at venue for first look photos and wedding party/family photos
4:00 – Pre-ceremony music starts, guests arriving
4:30 – Ceremony
5:00 – Cocktail hour
6:30 – Introductions and dinner; speeches between courses
8:30 – First dance, cutting the cake
8:45 – PARTY!