(Closed) Evening Brides – Timeline?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re having the ceremony at 6pm, tentative estimate of 1/2 hour for the ceremony.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres immediately following for an hour, dinner will be at around 7:30-8pm.  Dancing, cake cutting, possible late night snack around alcohol cutoff time.  Plan to cut off drinks around 11:30pm.  That’s all I’ve got for a schedule so far!

Edit: We’re also doing first looks. 

Post # 4
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I haven’t gotten everything ironed out completely yet, but we are doing first look pictures as well. So I plan on doing those between 3-5:30. I hope to get most of the family pictures out of the wya in that time as well.

Our ceremony starts at 6pm. Shpuld be over by about 6:25. Cocktail hour from about 6:30-7:30. Dinner from 7:45-8:45. Dancing/mingling from 9-1am. 🙂

Post # 5
6222 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I *think* mine will look something like this:

6pm- Ceremony Start

6:30- cocktail hour begin, group picture and pics with family that werent there for first look

7:45- open reception room, herd everyone up there

8- first dance, intros

8:10- serve first course

8:15- father daughter dance, mother son dance

8:30- serve dinner

8:35- begin toasts

9:15- serve plated dessert, begin dancing

10:15- cake cutting

10:25- bouquet toss

12:00- event concludes


Post # 6
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Our ceremony will be at 7PM.

We are meeting the photographer at 6 PM to do most of the pics (except for actual ceremony, wedding party pics, etc.)

7 PM ceremony

7:15 Start directing guests to reception (a three minute walk from the ceremony location).

7:15 – 9 PM, light refreshments, punch, coffee, cake.

Cutting of the cake and yes, I am tossing the bouquet.


Oh and the next day we are having an all-day – until late evening pig roast!

Post # 8
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

We are doing First Look. 6pm ceremony, 7pm reception through 10pm. Reception will include formal buffet dinner, and fireworks cake cutting.

Post # 9
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our ceremony is at 5:30. Coctails 6-7pm and dinner at 7. I was planning to do our first look around 4ish? Im not positive and I worry about having enough time (I hate being rushed). But we have the photographer from 3-11pm and I would like some photos of me getting ready so I dont think we could do the first look any earlier really…

Post # 10
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

I haven’t finalised ours yet but this is what we are thinking so far. Feedback is of course welcome. 🙂


09.00                WAKE UP


10.00                HAIR & MAKE-UP (4 adults, 1 FG)

                         Provide light lunch/snacks

14.00                PHOTOGRAPHER JOINS US

14.30                BRIDE GETS DRESSED

15.00                TRAVEL TO VENUE

16.00                FIRST LOOK – BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS

17.30                BRIDAL ROOM

                          Freshen up/relax before ceremony

                         Drinks & snacks provided





19.30               BUSTLE DRESS

19.45               MOVE TO DINNER IN MAIN ROOM

20.00               Intro/toastmaster

                        First Course

                        FOB speech

                        FOG Speech

                        Groom speech

 20.45              Main Course

                        Best Man speech

                        Maid/Matron of Honor Speech

21.30               Dessert

22.00              CAKE CUTTING/FIRST DANCE



22.30-00.30   DANCING (Bar closes at 00.30am)


00.30             BRIDE & GROOM EXIT

01.00             END

Post # 11
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

Sorry, the formatting is a bit off on my post but hopefully you can get the idea anyway/

Post # 12
6110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

So this is a rough estimate on how my schedule will be. Our DJ actually does a detailed schedule of the day so he will be giving me tips on how long things should realistically take and ordering things so they flow well together.

4:30 – Ceremony starts

5:00 – Cocktail hour starts (bridal party pictures taking place during this time)

6:00 – Guests are invited into the ballroom, find seats, etc.

6:15 – Introductions

6:20 – First dance

6:30 – Dinner served

7:30 – Father/daughter & mother/son dances while guests are finishing dinner

7:45 – Dance floor opens

8:45 – Cake cutting/toasts

9:00 – Bouquet/garter toss

9:10 -10ish – Dancing

I’m hoping that some of the smaller things (like cake cutting, toasts, tosses) will only take a few minutes, as opposed to the 10-15 minutes I set aside, so we can have more time for dancing!


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