(Closed) How does this work?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think it looks fine, but you may want to pad the time for a couple of your events.  I don’t think 30 minutes is nearly enough time for dinner.  I would say you need at least one hour, and more likely two hours, depending on how you’re serving dinner and how many guests you have.  We had two plated courses for 57 guests and it took almost 2 hours. 

Also, I think you would be better off to schedule the bouquet and garter toss for at least 5 minutes each, but more likely 10 minutes each.  People need time to get out of their seats, gather around the dance floor, watch you do the toss (or remove the garter then toss), and watch the catcher celebrate/take pictures for a minute or two.  Are you having a first dance?  If so, you might want to add that to your timeline as well. 

Otherwise, I think the times look great!  You just need to pad your schedule a little bit, but the rest of it looks right on!  I also like a little bit of dancing before the whole bouquet/garter toss, so I think you’re fine with that order of events.  🙂

Post # 4
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House

Check out Kate Parker (from Weddingbee Pro) and her timeline – http://www.weddingbeepro.com/tag/timeline/.  I used her timeline to start a rough draft for my ceremony and reception.  I was able to take out items that we’re not doing and rearrange as I thought necessary, but still know about how long some items take.  Good luck!

Post # 5
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I agree with Mrs. Spring. I would add some extra time for the bouquet/garter toss, and also at least another half hour for dinner. I would ask your venue how long they  typically budget for a plated dinner … they should be able to tell you how long to expect to serve everyone and eat.

Overall, I would cushion everything by about 5 extra minutes. Intros may take longer, as might toasts. Better to be ahead of schedule than behind!

Other than that, great job!

Post # 7
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Funny, I just wrote our plan out too. Yours looks great! Here is ours:

345-445: cocktails

445: guests are encouraged to enter the tent and find a seating card and a table (2 tables will be reserved for the bridal party if they want)
5pm: reception begins
Groomsmen Intro (Welcome To The Jungle)
 Bridesmaids Intro (You Give Love A Bad Name)
Bride/Groom Intro

Bride/Groom First Dance

Greeting/Toast by father of the Bride


6pm: Part 2

Cake Cutting

Best Man Toast
Maid Of Honor Toast
Father/Daughter Dance
Mother/Son Dance
Dance Party – (Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That)

745: Bar Closed

8pm: End Time, Grand Exit with Sparklers

8:30-11:00pm: After-Party

Post # 8
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would move the cake cutting up to right after dinner.  You don’t want to have all your guests out on the dancefloor when you’re cutting the cake.  Also, I would move the boquet and garter toss a tad bit later during the dancing portion so more people will be out on the dancefloor already.

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