(Closed) Early Afternoon Ceremony…What was your Timeline?

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re getting married on a yacht and having a brunch style reception with no dancing. I haven’t had my wedding yet, but it should go something like this:

10:30am: Florist delivery. Bridal party boards yacht and gets dressed. (Hair and make up to be done prior).
10:45-11am: Photos until guests start to show up.
11:45am: Guest boarding and seating. Bridal party hides out until ceremony.
12:00pm: Set sail!
12:15pm: Ceremony begins.
12:45pm: Ceremony ends. Guests go down stairs, get drinks, mingle, whatever. (Ceremony area to be transformed into reception area.) More photos if necessary (with guests).
1:15pm: Open buffet, guests get their food and head to reception area to EAT!
1:45pm: Once all guests have gotten their food and are seated/ begin eating, anyone who wants to give a speech is welcome to, though we don’t really expect more than a couple of people to give a speech.
2:45pm: Once guests are done eating, they can hang out, explore the yacht (downstairs, front deck, where ever), mingle, continue drinking, whatever.
3:15pm: Cake cutting and serving downstairs. More hanging out, mingling, drinking.
3:45pm: Arrive back at dock. FH & I will probably make a short “Thank you for coming” speech. Guests begin to disembark yacht.
4:00pm: Reception officially over.
4:15pm: Everyone and everything we want to keep should be off yacht.

After that, FH and I are going to a nearby hotel, probably take a nap (knowing us) and then hopefully have a nice room service dinner and enjoy being married. 🙂

Post # 4
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have a 2pm church ceremony and a 6pm reception at another location (about half an hour away). We are doing some photos before the ceremony, some after, and then the bridal party is taking a limo ride around for a while. I was originally a little worried about the big time gap between the ceremony and the reception but I have decided that it shouldn’t be problem. The wedding is in less than 2 weeks. I can let you know how it all turns out Smile

We are still going with tuxes as I think it is still appropriate, even for an afternoon wedding.

Post # 5
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are doing a ceremony around 3pm and because there are only 12 guests, I’m thinking of getting someone with a pontoon boat to take us all for a boat ride on the lake where we live until supper.

Post # 6
3226 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My church ceremony is at 2pm, and cocktail hour starts at 5pm, they are about 30 minutes apart (the locations). Im’ still working on my timeline!!!

Post # 7
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m also having a 2pm church wedding with a 5pm reception (about 45 mins away).  I’d love to hear some timelines, too!  My wedding isn’t until February, so I haven’t given much thought to mine yet!

Post # 8
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Mine is at 3 and reception at 5 and I’m worried it will be too tight of a timeline!  I’m still working on it!

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