Post # 1
I have no idea. I am driving myself insane worrying about where things will fit in, will I have enough time for everything. I don’t know anyone who has had an evening ceremony & reception so I’m totally lost :-/
Post # 4
I don’t have ours yet but I have a rough idea from the conversations with our photographer.
12-2pm – Get ready (hair/makeup)
2-3: Get ready photos
3-5: First look, family photos, bridal party photos anything else we want to get in before the ceremony
5:30-6 – Ceremony
6-7 – Cocktail hour
7pm onwards – dinner & dancing
What are you worried about fitting into your timeline? Do you have someone at your reception venue that could help you with what should happen when? I have relied mostly on my photographer and reception coordinator to dictate our timeline.
Post # 5
4pm photographer arrives
6-7 cocktail hour/ we take photos
7 grand entrance/ first dance
7:05 moh & best man toasts
7:15 dinner and cake
8 dance floor reopens
8:30 garter toss/bouquet and dining hall closes
9:00 “who’s been married the longest” dance
11 pm Venue kicks everyone out.
I haven’t booked an official time for my hair and makeup person to come, but I imagine 3pmish. We have our photographer 4-10pm.
Post # 6
2:30-4 Getting Ready Photos
5-6 Formal Pics & Cocktail Hour
Post # 7
This is helpful – thanks so far ladies – feel free to add to this anyone!!
@Ms. Martian: We don’t have a venue – it’s either ours or my brothers backyard – outdoor ceremony and tent reception. I’m hoping to get a photog soon – I’ve been emailing one and sent her our suggested needs for photos without times attached and asked her to chime in.
I guess I’m worried about is there enough time for ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and still have a decent party/dance.
Post # 8
2-4 Getting ready
4-6 First look, bridal party photos
7-7:30 Family photos, cocktail “hour”
I highly suggest a first look and getting as many photos done before the ceremony as possible. It gave us so much more time to enjoy our reception and be with our guests and party!
Post # 9
Here was ours:
9am-12pm – Get ready (Hair stylist arrived at that time)
12-1:30 – First look, pictures with my family.
1:30-4:30 – Bridal party pics at various locations
5pm – Ceremony
5:30-6:30pm – Receiving line/Cocktails/Pictures with DH’s family.
6:30pm-1am – Dinner and Reception
We even had some time to take more pictures with just Darling Husband and I right after supper before the “program” started. Our day went smoothly and I wouldn’t change a thing about the time-line.
Post # 10
I agree it will allow for better photos with day lighting etc. so we talked about it last night and have sort of conceded that it’s a good idea. but I still think it is so weird!!! We wont actually be married yet so I feel like I feel like a fraud when I show people wedding pictures knowing I wasn’t actually married to him yet!!! If we do go ahead with that then yes, we’ll do a first look to make up for him not seeing me at the ceremony first.
Am I a complete tool for feeling like that? Was no one else weirded out by it?
Post # 11
here is mine.. this still a work in process.
bridesmaids need to be showered and at my hotel by 8 am.. then they will be doing hair at a school of beauty in our town- they got to be back at hotel by 11.
Photographer arrives at 11 am.
11-1:50 get ready
have light lunch
Pre ceremony time line
2:00 Mike and groomsmen
2:20 First look with Mike and Lilly
2:30 Mike and Lilly
3:00 Lilly and Bridesmaids, Bridal Party
drive to church
4:30 Hide and Touch up
Reception time line–drive to recpetion site
5:30-5:45 open doors
6:15 introduction of bridal party, bride and groom
6:45 start food
7 00 toasts
715 dances- first dance
7 20 mother son dance father daughter dance
7: 35 dance floor is open
8:15 cake cutting
9:00 garter and bouquet toss
11 pm exit – end reception.
Post # 12
This is approximately what we have planned so far.
5:00 cocktail hour / family photos
Our venue has two floors, one is for the cocktail hour/reception, and the other for dinner. So I’m anticipating that it will take people a while to mingle their way up and down between cocktails and dinner. We were initially going to push the whole thing back an hour, but Future Mother-In-Law has a lot of family coming from out of state, and in her words we need to “make it worth their while”. Yeah. Still not decided on that.
Post # 13
9-1 Get ready
1-2 Photographer arrives, getting ready photos at brides house
2:30-4:30 First look, family, bridal party and couple shots
5:30-6:30 Ceremony (more couple shots after ceremony while others head to reception)
7 Cocktail hour
9:15 Cut cake
9:30 First dance
9:30-12:30 Dancy and party 🙂
Post # 14
Ours was pretty similar to what has already been posted, but here ya go.
9-1:30: Get ready, eat, hang out with the girls (guys did the same in other suite)
1:30: Photogs arrived
2:00 First look with photogs and fiance (did gifts at this time)
2:30 (ish) -5:00: pictures with bridal party, present family, etc.
5:00 leave hotel on shuttle for venue (ceremony and reception were at same venue, just different rooms)
6:00: ceremony (very brief pics following the ceremony, 15 minutes, tops)
6:30-7:30 Cocktail hour
8:30-12 reception, dancing, drinks, photobooth, etc.
Post # 15
@Snow00774: I completely understand what you’re saying. If you’re mildly bothered by it and have the ability to change your timeline, maybe move your ceremony up an hour so you have time for photos after. But if you’re just “worried about worrying about it” (my favorite type of worrying), let it go. No one will care and you’ll have photos that will last a lifetime. And you won’t have to touch up your makeup after crying during the ceremony. (:
As an aside, this is the only “traditional” part of the wedding we’re doing–he’s not going to see the dress until I’m walking down that aisle. It feels so stupid, showing my iphone photos of my dress to people he’s sitting right next to (maybe I should quit that). But I’m doing it just because I can (late sunset in July and all).
Post # 16
Anyone else having a gap between ceremony and reception?
11:00 start getting ready
3:00: leave for the church
6:00-7:15: cocktail hour
7:15-12:00: Dinner and reception fun
I was nervous about the gap but everyone told me that the guests will deal, its not the first time it has happened and it won’t be the last. The ceremony and reception locations are just a few miles apart. The groom won’t do pictures before the ceremony so this should work best for us.