Post # 1
Hey all – Would you mind taking a look at my wedding day timeline? I’ve gone over it a thousand times and would love a second pair of eyes to double check…
Just for the record – none of these times are ‘too late’ where we live. We’re in S. America and weddings are always at night. Dinner at 9pm is no big deal.
4:00 PM Go to beauty salon to get hair & make-up done and get dressed
7:00 PM Limo picks me up and takes me to hotel where I wait outside (in the limo)
7:00 PM Guests start arriving, music starts
7:30 PM Parents, siblings, grandparents will be escorted in. (We’re not having MOH/BMs/GMs so I wanted to have close family escorted in to Pachelbel’s Canon instead)
7:35 PM Entrance of bride & father
8:10 PM Exit of bride & groom followed by family – straight to the limo to go for photos
(In the mean time, guests will begin finding seats at tables and offered drinks. The ceremony & reception will all be in the same ball room and ‘cocktail hour’ doesn’t exist here.)
8:45 PM We return and enter the reception
8:45 PM The Waltz – first the B&G then with parents & siblings
9:00 PM My Father will give a welcome toast and pray before the meal
9:00 PM Dinner is served
9:30 PM Father-Daughter dance followed by dancing for guests (or can continue eating dinner if not done…)
10:00 PM Cake
10:30 PM The party begins!
3:00 AM The hotel kicks everyone out 🙁 (hehe)
Post # 3
It looks fine. I would never be able to eat that late without being a huge grouch but since it’s normal there that’s obviously no problem.
Dont trust my opinion though because I know nothing about timelines yet.
Post # 4
@his chippymunk: Haha, yeah it took me awhile to get used to late dinners (I’m from the States and have lived here for 3 years). People eat really big lunches here, though, so I think that’s part of it. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day.
Post # 5
A few things;
-Are you getting dressed at the salon? If not, how long will it take you to drive back and forth?
-30 minutes seems a long time to wait in the limo.
– It is kind of odd to me to basically walk straight out of the ceremony, not stopping at all to say hello to anyone. I suspect lots of people will grab you, or the other people needed for pictures
-How far are you driving to take the pictures? Cause you only have 35 minutes to get everyone into the car, drive to the picture locale, take the pictures, and then drive back to the reception, get out, get organized, and get lined up to get introduced.
-You may want to add in some time for just chilling with your hubs, going to the bathroom, fixing your makeup, just resting.
-How long is your father’s toast/prayer? Right now there is exactly no time allotted. I’d give him at least a few minutes.
-30 minutes for the meal seems VERY short. How many guests/courses? You have to remember that the servers will have to serve each table, wait for guests to eat, clear the courses. I’d expect after 30 minutes people will maybe have eaten salad.
-I don’t think you need 30 minutes for cake cutting. Maybe take this time and apply to the meal hour or the picture time.
Hope this helps.
Post # 6
9pm is too late, IMO, to eat dinner. Generally you eat dinner shortly after cocktail hour, no later than 7 I’d say. Our DJ helped us formulate a schedule, maybe you can ask yours?
Post # 7
@TheLionQueen: South Americans eat quite a bit later then Americans. The OP also indicated that this is a typical dinner time in her area in her first post.
Post # 8
@andielovesj: Thanks for your suggestions. Yes, I’m getting dressed and completely ready at the salon. My mom and sister need to be at the hotel by 7:00 to meet with their translator, so that’s why we’ll be arriving at 7. I’m actually kind of looking forward to that half hour of just relaxing in the limo after a busy afternoon and before the big evening. A few minutes to just breathe and pray and spy on the guests as they arrive hahah 🙂
The photo studio where we’re getting photos taken is like 60 seconds away and the photographer said he only needs 15-20 minutes for photos. Most pictures will be taken at the reception. Hmm I guess I hadn’t thought about people trying to stop us before we leave? I guess I thought that was normal actually? For the bride & groom to make their exit and then come back for the reception? We’ll be in the limo before the recessional ends and I don’t think anyone will try to exit while family is exiting, so I’m not too worried. Then at the reception we’ll go table to table greeting people.
My dad’s toast will probably be about a minute. I just put ‘9:00’ rather than ‘9:02’ or whatever for simplicity’s sake. The waiters will know to wait that minute or two though.
I’ll have to think about the meal maybe being too short. We have 200 guests so 20 tables and it’s only one course. I figured that the stragglers could continue eating during the first time of dancing. Maybe we’ll push that back a bit though. I’m just worried that guests will be getting antsy for dancing to start and sick of sitting. The highlight of the entire evening will be the dancing.
Thanks again – I really appreciate your advice! 🙂
Post # 9
Even if you have 20 servers 20 tables will take at least 5-8 mins to serve each. That is only 60 seconds per guest.
So I think at 30 mins guests will be just getting their food. -‘d say an hour min for 200 people to eat and be served. And 130 to clear it all away. Is there tea and coffee service included too?
Don’t worry about guests being bored. They will be eating and talking not just sitting and watching.