(Closed) How long is your wedding day?

posted 11 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2007

I was gonna be a smartie and say, 24 hours – duh! 


Wake up – 6:00

Decorate Reception Site/Chapel – 8-10:30

Make-up/Hair/Lunch – 11:30 – 2

Get Dressed 3:00

Pictures – 5:00 – 7:00

Ceremony Dum Dum De Dum – 7:30

Cheese/Fruit/Cocktails (for guests) – 8-9 and more pictures with family

Cocktails/Hors Devours/Dancing – 9-11 or 12



Post # 4
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

People will definitely not leave your wedding early! Some of the older folks or people with children might bail out before the end, but they would do that no matter what the timeline was like! It sounds fine to me. Your ceremony might run a little long and people might not trickle into the cocktail hour until about 4 anyway. My timeline is similar: ceremony from 2-3, cocktail hour 4-5, reception 5-9. In my experience, however, everyone is hoping the DJ will stay a bit longer when the end of the night rolls around, so you’ll be fine!

Post # 5
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I went to a wedding where the ceremony was from 2-2:30, then the cocktail hour started at 4 (45 minute drive between the two) and I believe the band played until midnight.  I noticed that a lot of people skipped the ceremony.  Also, we left at a little before 10, and quite a few of the guests had left before us.  I did feel like the party got to be too long, but it could also be in part because they had about 10 toasts and dancers performing for several songs.  Assuming that people come part way into the cocktail hour, I think you’ll still have a fair number of people stay until the end of the party.

Post # 6
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom

emily, your timeline is just fine. not long at all! and yes, the older folks or people with babies tend to leave early, leaving all the party people, which works out fine. =)

my timeline:

3-4pm ceremony

one hour break (reception is only 2 blocks away from ceremony so i’m not sure what the guests are going to do, but i listed some options in our programs)

5:30-6:30pm cocktail hour

6:30-11pm dinner reception

Post # 7
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

That doesn’t seem long at all compared to mine!  My timeline stretches out the entire day! 

10am Tea ceremony

12:30 photo shoot (at diff location)

4pm Tea ceremony #2 at reception site (for grooms family)

7-9pm dinner

9pm-onwards dancing, etc

This is a bare bones timeline-I have it broken down further, but that’s the gist.  Not all of the guests won’t be present for the tea ceremonies; most will just show up for the reception. 


Post # 8
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Ours isn’t set in stone yet but it will be something like this:

2 – 4 pm – wedding party & families photo shoot

4:30 – 5 pm – ceremony

5 – 6 pm – cocktail hour (starts right away because it’s at the same venue as the ceremony)

6 – 6:15 pm – Guests move to reception room & find their tables

6:15 – Reception starts

7 pm – Dinner is served

8 – 12 pm – Dancing

I don’t think yours is too long at all, especially since the party winds down at 10 pm which isn’t really that late.

Post # 9
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My ceremony is at 3, and the dinner isn’t until 6 (with butler passed hors d’oeuvres and wine from 4:30 – 6 on)

and my dance won’t end until 11:15 – I’ve never even thought that people won’t be around until the end but most the weddings I’ve attended have a good selection of people there at the end – maybe about half or so….

I’v ealso arranged a shuttle to take the guests staying in the hotels to and from so we don’t have anyone drinking and driving… 


I don’t think that you have too much to worry about. 🙂



Post # 10
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

actually, i think that is a typical timeline for an afternoon ceremony. here is our approximate schedule: 

10-10:30 ceremony

10:30-11:15 receiving line/ mixer/ snacks in church courtyard

(11- we get picked up by carriage; 11:15-12 photos while guests mingle & walk 2 blocks to reception)

12-1 cocktail hour

1-5 dinner & dancing

5-7:30 break

8pm afterparty at a local bar/restaurant

Post # 11
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I know this is a REALLY old thread, but it was linked to the wiki. 

Does our timeline make sense:

3:00-4:00 ceremony (30 minute drive to reception)

5:00 cocktail hour

6:00 reception begins, dinner is served

9:00 cake cut

10:00 end alcohol, start last dance

10:15 everyone goes outside for send off

10:30 send off.



My parents want the guests wrapped up and gone by 10 pm.  I would like it to go until 11 pm. 


Post # 12
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We have the dreaded gap… The 4:30-6:30 ceremony time slot was taken at our venue, so we have 2pm-4pm (including set up time).


1030-1230 – hair/makeup appts

15 min drive to relative’s house

1245-1:45ish – hang out, get dressed

No later than 2:15 – arrive at ceremony venue

2:30-3:00 – ceremony

3:00-3:30 – formal shots with guests

3:30-5:30 – gap, but guests have offer to go to pub across the street or wander the show garden we’re getting married at.  We’ll take photos with our wedding party.

5:30 cocktail hour begins

6:30 dinner served/toasts

8:30 – hopefully dancing starts!

midnight – music stops

1am – everybody must be out



Post # 13
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i don’t know the exact timeline yet but something like this…

hair early afternoon

mid afternoon go to hotel suite, hang out with the BMs and get make up done (pictures start at this time too)

ceremony at 6PM

cocktails and appetizers at 7PM

dinner at 8PM

and we have the venue until 1AM, so dancing i guess until everyone leaves??

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