- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
So we have our venue until midnight, but because we are having a Jewish wedding – we cannot start until 7pm on a Saturday evening. To maximize time, we will be doing a first look and portraits as well as cocktails before the ceremony, but that only leaves 4 hours for a reception during which I hope to be able to sit down and eat for at least 15 minutes since food was really important to us and we spent more than half our budget on catering.
Below is my tentative timeline. Please let me know what you think of the flow of events and how you would change it. Is there too much or too little time for anything?
6:00 Guests arrive for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bride and groom and family sign traditional Jewish marriage agreement (Ketubah) pre-ceremony
7:40-8 Bride and groom get a few minutes alone, dress gets bustled
8:00 Grand entrance, 1st dance, hora (Jewish group dance)
8:15 Dinner. Bride and groom have food set on their table during dancing so they can eat quickly while the rest of guests are getting their food from the buffet.
8:30 Bride & groom make rounds and shmooze with guests during dinner while DJ plays soft cocktail music in background
9:30 Speeches at the end of dinner. (Is about an hour for buffet dinner normal?)
9:45 Cake cutting and dessert (how long does dessert take? can we start dancing and people will join in once they finish?)
10:00 dad/daugher, mom/son dance to formally open the dancefloor as people finish dessert.
10:05 – 12am Dancing, shmoozing, general fun and delight. So there’s only about 2 hours of dancing (not doing bouquet or garter toss) which is fine for me because I don’t really love to dance, so plan to dance some and shmooze some, but will other guests think it’s too short?