Post # 1
Our venue will only allow us to go till 10. There is an exception that will allow us to go till 11 and I’m really leaning towards this. (We are renting a huge reunion cabin that sleeps 35. We chose the updated one out of 5… If we choose the closest one to our reception site, we can stay till 11 due to noise) I will add we are doing an after party at the cabin as well. In case anybody wants to keep partying but no Dj (we Will have music), and well it will definitely be more laid back.
My fiancé is more worried about the niceness of the cabin for our guests. We are also doing our laid back rehearsal party there. Im more worried about feeling rushed and of course, the party!
Anywho, we are planning to do the following. How would you time all these events if you were me. We are not doing a first look. Our ceremony will be short but I know these things can drag. I’m hoping to be riding off (on a horse sleigh in the mountains!!! 😍) by 4.
Buffet style dinner
grand entrance including the bridal party (there’s 9 people total)
Father daughter dance
mother son dance
garter belt toss
Short and sweet Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man speeches.
Post # 2
Our wedding was 5-10pm and we had all the same events in our wedding timeline.
4-5 cocktail hour/photos for you and whoever
5-5:15 grand enterance
5:15-5:20 First dance
5:20-5:40 speeches (could be longer ours was a bit)
i would suggest part way through dinner after everyone got food doing your father/daughter and mother/son dances
7:00 start dancing
You can cake cut whenever during the dancing.
You will have plenty of time trust me, even if some of said events take longer. 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t see why you need to extend it. I think the typical reception including cocktail hour is 5 hours. And there’s really no reason your ceremony should be an hour long. I was married in a Catholic church including mass and our ceremony was shorter! So here goes:
4:30-5:30 Cocktail hour
5:30-5:40 Bridal Party Entrance
5:40-5:50 Couple enters and first dance
6:00-7:00 Dinner and speeches
6-6:05 Father/daughter dance
6:05-6:10 Mother/son dance
6:10 on – Free dance. Garter belt toss and bouquet toss can happen later in the evening
ETA: Oops, I’m a moron and started at 4 instead of 3:30 LOL, but even better! You get the idea.
Post # 4
Okay! Doing event after event and then free dance by 6-6:30 is awesome!!
Since y’all ended at 10, how was your party? Did you feel it was still going? Or was it dying by then? Like I said, we will be having after party in big cabin with more drinks and greasy food. But the atmosphere will just be different.
Post # 5
Our wedding ended at 10pm…we had a rented out venue that included lodging for all of our guests (approx 50 total). The party def kept going after in the guests rooms, we heard about it the next day. However, we went to our suite at 10pm.
Post # 6
dearjohnbride: how are you doing your first dance before your grand entrance….?
Post # 7
ilovesophia: I’m not? Just listed everything I could think of that we want to do throughout our day.
Post # 8
dearjohnbride: ahh, sorry, totally misunderstood that. i thought that list was already in order, and you were simply asking what time to schedule everything for.
Post # 9
dearjohnbride: Oh, I misunderstood too and thought you were listing things out in order. FYI, it’s not a garter belt, it’s a garter. Sounds like a fun wedding, Im sure you’ll be able to fit it all in.
Post # 10
We will have a 10pm cutoff at our venue as well. Rough timeline as planned so far:
3-3:30pm – ceremony
3:30-5 – cocktail hour
5-10 dinner + reception
10pm – reception ends, anyone who’d like to (anticipating mostly our friends, not so much family) gets transport to a bar in town nearby for an afterparty.
I think that should be plenty of time!
Post # 11
Daisy_Mae: omg haha I don’t know why I said garter belt. Damn.
Post # 12
Y’all are making me feel much better about our timeline.