(Closed) I desperately need help with my timeline! Please help!

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
Hostess
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Well, not to nitpick, but make sure your AM’s are PM’s during the ceremony.. 😉

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

makeup touch ups will take a lot longer than 15mins…

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What’s happening between 11am and 3pm?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would leave a bit more time for guests to be seated for dinner before the bridal party enters.

then you can start the dinner at 7:30.   Is it one course plated?  

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

The only thing I’d suggest is some more time for dinner. 1.5 hours?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FutureMrsClayshulte:  You will definitely have a LOT of time for getting ready and pictures…but at least it won’t be rushed…but maybe you’ll run out of pictures to take and get bored? LOL…

Also, it’s not on your timeline but are you feeding your bridal party at some point during the midday?  And eating something yourself of course! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Some thoughts

  • Plan a time to eat breakfast/lunch
  • It is customary for guests to arrive a half hour before the ceremony is to start. My grandmother has been known to show up 45 minutes in advance or earlier. If someone shows up that early are they going to be told they can’t be seated until 20 minutes before the ceremony? That would not go down well in my family. It takes longer than you think to get everyone seated. I would be ready to seat guests at least 45 minutes prior to the ceremony or 1 hour to play it safe.
  • I agree you need more time for touch ups
  • If you’re doing touch ups at 4:30 that only gives you an hour and half for all your pictures – ask your photog if that is enough time. Maybe a little short.
  • Plan at least half and hour to bustle your dress and remove your veil. I hear over and over that this takes most brides way longer than they think. And have your mom practice with the seamstress who puts in the bustle and then write herself instructions so that she remembers on wedding day
  • List the toasts like you do the dances: 7:45 – Toasts (parents, best man, maid of honor, wedding party). And how many people are in the wedding party? More than 4 toasts starts to get tedious, in my opinion.
  • You’re doing a lot of formal dances, so I would be sure to keep them all very short, unless you guys are spectacular dancers.
  • I see a cake arriving but not being cut – when were you planning to do that? Also, are you doing garter/bouquet tosses?
  • It will take way more than 5 minutes to arrange the exit. You have to get everyone outside. Get them in lines. Distribute sparklers. Then light sparklers. I’d say 20 minutes minimum.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think toasts during dinner is definately the way to go! Tow things accomplished at the same time! 

Traditionally the cake cutting goes toward the end – maybe at 8:45? But I also had a friend who cut it right after the entrance to the reception. It worked nicely and then the catering staff could cut it during dinner and it comes back out, whenever you want, all ready to go on plates for everyone.

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