(Closed) Day Of Wedding Timeline Panic

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

“I don’t want to leave our guests waiting for long so I want to try to be back within 1 1/2 hours.”

Is that typical?  I’d be bothered if I had to wait that long.

It does not take 15 minutes to stage a photo with 35 people.  We have several groupings with roughly that number, and each took a minute or two at best.  Put your Future Mother-In-Law in charge of making sure everyone is lined up at the right time, like before you make a grand entrance (that’s when we did ours).  Then everyone goes in.  Then you make your entrance.

The one group photo that upset me was a big group photo that the IL’s wanted of their family that involved taking 1/3 of the guests into the hall during dancing.  I thought it made it seem like everyone was leaving and the party was ending.  Say “no” upfront!

Post # 4
293 posts
Helper bee

It’s not totally clear to me from your post, but I’m hoping you mean that the cocktail hour will be going on WHILE you’re away taking photos, not that the guests will be forced to stand around idly for 1.5 hours before getting anything to eat or drink or place to sit down?

I would say that the guests can be ushered into the indoor area while the ceremony area is set up for the cocktail hour (hopefully this would take less than half an hour?) Ideally there could even be some kind of light refreshment available indoors while this is going on. Then they come back out for the cocktail hour. Meanwhile you are away doing your photos. You would miss your cocktail hour, but that’s the tradeoff for not doing a first look in my opinion.

As for the timing of the large group photo, I would try to do this as the very first thing (while the chairs are being changed over after the ceremony). That would make it so that the 35 guests aren’t really missing anything, and you don’t have to miss your grand entrance and dinner eating time! And the guests don’t either.

It’s a complicated situation but I think it could work out in this way!

Post # 6
293 posts
Helper bee

Yeah these kind of details are tough!  I had a lot of timeline trouble myself at my wedding.. always so complicated!

That is a really good point about doing the photo before everyone wanders off and you have to gather them up, too. It takes longer to find everyone for photos than to actually take it!

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