Post # 1
Okay, so let me warn you beforehand. My head is a mess right now. semi-panic mode button is on!
So we finally booked our reception! (Yaaaay!!!) So, what’s the problem? We only have about 4 hours (maybe less. Eeeek!!) for our reception, and we want to incorporate some dancing! Ooooh, our timeline is screwed!!
We’re having a catholich church wedding at 10:30am on a Saturday. Yes, it’s a Saturday. Unfortunately, they don’t do weddings on a Sunday, and weekdays are out of the question.. You know, we have to include everyone’s availability, and such.. And, the church can only do weddings either at 10:30am or 12:00 only. I’m not quite sure as to how long the ceremony will last, but it’s probably 1 hour. Right?? Now, because the timing is kinda tricky, we opted for a lunch reception. Mainly because of the time and secondly, because there’s no rental fee for lunch receptions! (we’re on a tight budget, y’know!) You can check out the link and see for yourselves where we’re holding the reception.
So, we’ll be bringing our own centerpieces (round glass mirrors, votive candles, silk pomander balls on vases with clear stones and led light). Got no problem with that as some relatives are willingly and happily offering to set them up. Phew! The manager actually said that we can extend our time to an hour or two DEPENDING on whethere there will be no bookings for that evening, which we won’t find out until if not close to our big day, our wedding day! They won’t to let us add additional hours in case someone else wants to book for that evening!
I’m sooo scared that we won’t have enough time for pictures in the church after the ceremony. Can you ladies please help me figure out a timeline assuming the ceremony ends at 11:30am with travel time of 10-20 minutes by car to the reception?
Post # 3
Take a deep breath – this is your day, plan it according to how you want things to go. First I would speak with the church and see who will be performing the ceremony. Go over the ceremony details with them so you can get an idea of how long the ceremony will take. We had a traditional Christian ceremony that lasted maybe 20 minutes from processional to recessional. If you are concerned with time, let the priest know and see if you can work with them to stick to the schedule for the day.
Our plan was to have a reception that ended early because we had an early flight the next morning, which was 2 hours away. The reception started at 5PM and we left before 9PM. Most of our guests had left and we were in the clean-up stages when the bridal party kicked us out.
I made sure that our program had a simple time line inside so everyone knew what was going to happen and when. We had time to do everything we wanted, plus dance and have fun. Although we changed the order of things around a little, everything went pretty smoothly. The guests received champagne upon arrival. After the introductions we went into the toasts, then the dinner prayer. We went first at the buffet and the guests followed. Me and Mr. C. got up and spoke while everyone was eating and then went around the room to thank everyone while they were seated instead of doing a receiving line. After dinner, we had our first dance, cut the cake, everyone started dancing while I changed out of my gown. We also had a live performance.
Small time savers throughout the evening helped alot and no one felt like they had to stick around until the very end. We wanted our evening to be layed back and casual. No one felt rushed. However, we didn’t have a garter or flower toss, but we had plenty of time if we chose.
I’m sure you’ll find solutions to your time line. Just remember what’s most important about the day and don’t get caught up in all the details.