Post # 1
We are having a morning brunch wedding with the ceremony and reception all on the second level of a restaurant. We currently are set to have the space for about 4 hours (10am-2pm). We can get it for longer, but the event coordinator said they would increase the gratuity.
We are planning to rendezvous with guests later that evening for drinks and dancing if they choose to join us.
Here is what our timeline is currently:
- 09:45am Guests begin arriving
- 10:00am Invite time
- 10:15am Ceremony begins
- 11:00am Ceremony over and cocktail/passed apps begin
- 11:30am Groom’s welcome speech and brunch is served
- 12:15pm Cut the cake
- 12:30pm Speeches (MOH/BM)
- 12:30pm-01:00pm Couple visits tables?
- 01:00pm Couple’s first dance
- 02:00pm Everyone out
Post # 2
Having just done a brunch wedding with a similar timeline, yes, I think that’s enough time. Our ceremony was at 10:30 (please don’t have an “intive time” and a “ceremony time”…start the wedding when you say you will!) and had concluded by 10:25. We had an impromptu, informal receiving line and went straight into cocktail hour. Brunch opened at 11:30. We ate first at our sweetheart table and then went to do table visits after everyone had been served. We didn’t do a first dance or anything. After they finished eating, some people sat at their tables and chatted; others mingled by the bar; others went and hung out on the front porch of the restaurant. Everything wrapped up by 3:00, so a half an hour longer than you’re proposing. It would have been fine to end at 2:30, though.
Post # 3
This is superfast. A few suggestions:
If you can, do a full hour for cocktail hour (11-12)
Then I’d START with first dance at 12 and do some dancing (see comment below).
Serve brunch 12:30-1:30. Cut the cake after brunch ~1:45.
Speeches 1:30-1:45. You can visit tables after that (not during speeches as proposed).
Then 1:45 – 3 pm serve dessert and incorporate time for dancing if you’re having dancing. (You say you are doing a first dance but I am unclear if there is any sort of music.)
Post # 4
This seems very tight, especially if your ceremony is 45 min long. We had a night reception and it was 6 hours, so 5 hours for brunch seems more reasonable unless there’s no dancing.
Post # 5
farmfreshjoy : Glad to hear from a fellow morning bee that the 4 hours worked for you. The only reason I had “invite time” vs. “start time” was to allow a little leeway. What time did your guests begin arriving? I’m worried there won’t be a buffer.
happyandhealthy19 : Why do you suggest a full cocktail hour? My event coordinator suggested the shorter version, which I assume is because we are only having 2 passed apps, limited cocktails, and a fairly simple 2-course meal. I do see how moving around the dancing could be nice, though. The only music we will have is an iPod, though there is live music downstairs that the restaurant has during their brunch service.
Post # 6
whitums : I honestly don’t know yet how long our ceremony will be for, so the cocktail hour could begin as early as 10:45! We are not planning on having an elaborate ceremony, so I assume 30mins will be fine.
Post # 7
I think wedding days go by way too quickly as it is. I had a 5 hour reception (not including our 1 hour service) and it flew by. Having a full cocktail hour allowed me and my husband to walk around and see at least half of our guests before the reception, which saved us time going from table to table during the reception.
My best friend had a brunch wedding with an ipod for dancing and people had SO much fun with it! I just look back to those moments and think that it could be really fun for you and your guests to really let loose on the dance floor. With top hit songs, it won’t matter that it’s not a DJ. People will have fun with it.
Just a few ideas! Good luck sorting it out. You’ll have a great day 🙂
Post # 8
happyandhealthy19 : I know, everyone always says their wedding day just flies and it’s making me nervous. If you don’t mind, how big was your wedding? I ask because ours will probably be around 40 guests and I wonder how much time we’ll really need to greet everyone. Great point about the dancing– I’m not worried so much about people not enjoying an iPod as it being midday 😉
Post # 9
Mine was big! 40 guests will be easier! With some cocktails in them, they’ll let loose and dance. It’ll be fun no matter what. Just take time to take it all in and steal some moments with your partner. It makes a big difference to know it’ll go by fast because you can try to slow it down by taking it all in. I still vote to increase the wedding time by an hour at least though!
Post # 10
xo_futuremrsbear : I’m told guests started arriving at 9:45. The last guests showed up around 10:20. My processional music began exactly at 10:30.
Post # 11
Our weddings are basically the same!! under 50 people. (In 2 weeks!!) brunch. Invites said 10am… i plan on showing up 10:10 to allow late people to sit. the ceremony will be 15 mins maybe, no cocktail hour… just 10:30 buffet will be open and waffle bar, egg station, sausage gravy, homestyle potatoes, glazed spiral ham… mimosa bar and so much more like amazing fresh southern biscuits ♡♡♡ and a donut cake!! so mini simple run down is…
8am make up
9am pictures of bride
Then its free for all till 1/2.
To fill in that space of time I have hired a caricature artist for people to take their drawing as favors and sign our guest frame, music on our sound system (burned cds from fye play anywhere) Its just gonna be very laid back and casual since its only immediate friends & family 🙂
Good luck to you!!!! xo
Post # 12
Our wedding was about 4 hours! We did:
6pm ceremony and pictures with guests
7:30pm dinner and dances
8:30 dancing starts, cake cutting at 9:30 and then continued dancing
We loved it. We spent time with everyone but still had time before and after to be together. It was great and I wouldn’t have changed it for anything!