Post # 1
I bought my invitations last night and need to get my times down so that I can print them up. I dont intend to send them out until mid July but I may as well get them checked off the list right now!
However, I just don’t know how to pick a time to start and if I’m forgetting something in my timeline. Does this sound okay for a Texas Sunday October wedding?? It is all at the same place, an old mill with a museum attached for a sort of ‘cocktail hour’ activity. Sunset will be at 7:00
Start ceremony at 4:30pm
6:00-7:00 Dinner (buffet BBQ)
7:00-10:30 Reception (First dance, bouquet toss, etc)
1. Is this too late for a sunday? SHould we start earlier?
2. Would a buffet dinner be longer or shorter than an hour?
3. Will we need more time for pictures? (we will not be doing a first look before the ceremony, but I do want a first look with my dad) 🙂
Post # 3
This is pretty much the same timeline as mine, but we are doing pictures before hand and it’s a Saturday. If you’re not doing a lot of family pictures or multiple locations an hour should be enough. Buffets are usually 30min to hour depending on the number of people. We’re having around 300 and estimating 45 mins for our buffet. I don’t think that’s too late for a Sunday wedding.
Post # 4
We will be doing lots of family pictures and I want good ones of the two of us also. And I’m expecting about 75 guests
Post # 5
@Equine_Breeder: I honestly don’t think that an hour is going to be enough time to get photos of you and your new husband, your bridal party and all of your family. Wrangling that many people for photos tends to take a bit, plus you want to make sure that you have enough time to get some nice newlywed photos. 🙂 Maybe moving the ceremony up by 30 minutes would help with that.
I would also keep the hour for the buffet. In my experience, they tend to run longer rather than shorter, and it’s easier to have extra time than it is to try and cram things in when dinner runs long.
As for the time in general, I wouldn’t be bothered by the “lateness” of the event on a Sunday, but I could see how some guests might. If you’re really concerned about it you could move everything up by 30 minutes and end at 10.
Hope that helps!
Post # 6
When I talked to my mom about it she said do 3:30 to have more of a buffer in case things get delayed or lighting isn’t right or we have to wrangle the family together. I got off the phone and told my bridesmaid and she just looks at me and goes, “UGH. Okayyyy…..that’s going to stink. I wouldn’t do that”
*rips hair out*
Post # 7
We’re starting at one and ending at 6
Post # 8
@Equine_Breeder: I wouldnt stay til 1030 for the end of the reception because I work m-f and I like to be in bed by 10. If you have quests similar to me they may not stay past 9. I think your timeline is good but for me I would leave by 9. If I had to travel far I probably wouldnt go unless you were a really close friend of mine.