(Closed) how is this timeline? suggestions?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

That looks good. But are you doing table visits? You might want a longer dinner hour for that, and/or if you’re doing buffet-style.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Yeah you might need just a tiny bit more time, so that it’s not too rushed.  Although, at some weddings, I got my food close to last, and was still eating during the first dances and it wasn’t an issue for me.  So, I wouldn’t stress about that TOO much — at that point it’s just a party anyway. πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Do you have a bridal party? I don’t know if 45 min is enough time for photos of them and your family.

Post # 7
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Newbee

MsBrooklyn is on the money with her thoughts about photography time. As a photographer, I like to be finished with any pre-wedding “formal” photos 1 hour beforehand or at least 45 minutes as the first guests (even at a small wedding) arrive way before they need to (for some reason?).  I am chuckling a little as my own daughter is making her timeline and giving to everyone. As the mother of the bride, I think it is awesome she has her day all planned and everything so organized. As a photographer, I know that it might not quite all go as planned for various reasons. Some families and/or bridal party members just don’t move as fast, sometimes the bride doesn’t, groomsmen get “lost” occasionally, etc. One thing I do know is that all weddings are beautiful and filled with love, and really are the first day of the rest of your life! Enjoy!! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think it looks great. Just a thought – it might make sense to flip the first dance and the cake cutting.  That way after you cut the cake it can go to the kitchen to be cut into pieces for guests while you do your first dance and when the dances are done it’ll be ready for guests to enjoy.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

One more thing to consider about the pre-ceremony photos—

You will need to be hidden away when guests start to arrive, assuming you don’t want to be seen beforehand. The 45 minutes that you have may be enough minute-wise but I would think that guests would start arriving and sitting down by about 4:30 for a wedding at 5:00. Hopefully that makes sense!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Having been a bridesmaid alot I say…anything that comes before the ceremony… pad the times!!!! Only bride meltdowns I have seen was because something took too long and she was rushed… The brides that had enough time to sit and get bored were sooooo much happier.  I think I am going to do that with my wedding… Putting an hour or so between appointments.  Also it gives me time to spend time with my women πŸ™‚

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