- 5 years ago
I’m having a small destination wedding in Colorado with about 30-35 guests. Our ceremony will be at a public park. I’m having our guests meet us at a vacation home we’re renting for some mingling, drinks/snacks, and lawn games before we all drive to the park together (a 10-15 minute drive). Then we will take pictures with family and guests before going to a nearby restaurant for the reception. I have no sense of how long things will take, so I’m open to any suggestions for the day’s schedule!
For the day-of timeline, I’m thinking:
1:00pm: Getting ready photos (I’ll be halfway through getting ready before the photographer arrives and I’m not doing much so it shouldn’t take that much time to get fully ready)
1:30pm: First look wearing a traditional Chinese wedding dress
2:00pm: Tea ceremony with parents (only my parents and FI’s parents)
2:30pm: Change into white wedding dress (it’ll be easy to put on, like a normal formal dress); 2nd “first look” with Fiance
3:00pm: Guests arrive at rental home
3:30pm: Leave for the park
3:45-4 pm: Ceremony
4:20-4:30pm: Take pictures with guests
- Is 30 minutes long enough (or too long) for the first look pictures?
- Is 1.5 hours between the ceremony and reception too long? I don’t even know if we’ll need that much time for pictures since we have such a small group, but I really don’t have any idea how long any of this will take. While at the park though, we are going to provide snacks and refreshments for our guests.
- When are the speeches usually done? I’m planning on doing it after people eat. And then after the speeches, cut the cake.
How does the above sound? Any changes I need to make? Or anything else I need to take into account?