(Closed) Event Timeline: Where to start on times?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
4366 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I think you’ve started in a great place.  A time that cannot be changed.  Often it’s the venues closing time or the ceremony time (in the UK at least, where you can’t get married after dark).

If you’re worried about a time put “Ceremony: 4 for 4.30”. Or “Arrival of the Bride: 4.30”. Or something along those lines.  I don’t know if we will, but it’s somethine to think about for sure.

Post # 5
673 posts
Busy bee

If you’re going to build in a cushion of time to allow for families who run late, I would suggest it should be closer to 15 minutes earlier than when you plan to start. If your ceremony will only be half an hour, you’re asking those of your guests who arrive “on time” according to the invitation to sit there for a solid hour, half of that time is waiting on you. (Unless a guest knows your family with their tendencies to run late, they won’t realize you’re making an accommodation and will just be wondering why they’ve been sitting there with nothing happening.)

I haven’t planned any weddings at this point, but I have planned many events and meetings. The most wiggle room I’ve made to allow for others who can’t be bothered to plan ahead and arrive on time is 15 minutes. Those who are more than 15 minutes after the announced starting time haven’t ever expected the event to wait just for them. They know they are late at that point.

Post # 6
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have not made my invites yet, but I plan on stating at the bottom “eremony at 4:30p.m. Reception to folow”

I would like to start at 4:30, but if it looks like some of my key family memers have yet to arrive, I do not mind starting at 4:45 p.m.

4:30-5 Ceremony

5-6 ish Cocktail hour/pictures

6:15-6:30 entrance/ first dance. Dinner served after that!

After dinner we will do the father daughter dance and the mother son dance, then cake cuting and serving. After that it’s party time!!!!

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