posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’d check with your officiant, to make sure you ceremony is just an hour. Are you going to do a first look? Doing photos beforehand will give you more time at the reception, however that will mean you’d be starting your day pretty early.

If you want dancing, have you given a thought to an “after party” somewhere? 

Post # 5
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Are you going to have a full Mass with your ceremony? If so, that will be longer — an hour, maybe even an hour and 15 or 30 minutes. If you don’t have Mass, it can be shorter — we’re having a Catholic priest marry us and he said our ceremony will be about 15-20 minutes! If you work with the priest to write your ceremony, you can decide what elements you want to keep in and leave out, so you could shorten it if you want to.

You could also do pictures at a different location prior to your ceremony, or you could do pictures afterward or even on a different day!

I don’t know everything you want to include, but here’s a potential timeline:

10:30-11:30 ceremony

11:30-12 drive to reception hall

12-1 cocktail hour, receiving line (if you want to do this)

1 bridal party enters reception hall

1:15 lunch is served

1:30 speeches

1:45 cake cutting and first dances

2:00 guests invited to dance floor

2:30 dessert table open

4 reception ends, DJ announces where the after-party will be?

Post # 7
13010 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Is there anywhere else you could take photos before?  Such as in a nice park, historic house, or even at your own backyard?  We are doing all our formal bridal party photos before the ceremony to get them done. That way, you get your photos, and aren’t eating into your reception time.

Is your lunch a buffet or plated?  If it’s plated, you’re going to  need to block off about 1-2 hours for service (my plated dinner, 3 courses, is estimated to take 2 hours).  If it’s buffet, I’d give about an hour, and maybe some extra for people to get their food.  You don’t want people to feel rushed eating. 

I think there tends to be less dancing at afternoon weddings, so maybe you can get some fun games or something incorporated for those who are not participating in the dancing. 

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