GreenGables: i totally agree with you…i don’t want to rush everything and everyone at the party. Specially if it’s a destination wedding..this is once in a life time event if ever..and if you spend so much money and put all your energy on this particular day, the last thing you don’t want to hear from guest is “i wish it was longer”..if you have 50people, 5hours is just enough time for everything and everybody will enjoy it. But 100+ people i think you need more than 5hours. And also it all depends how you coordinates all the stuff that you wanna add to the party, like first dance, groom and mother dance, bride and father dance, a little surprise show, slide shows, the little toast from maid of honor and best men, the cutting cake, the toss for the bouquet, the toss for the garter, walking table to table to take pictures with your guests. If you, let say 5 hours,
Introduction 445 ( it take 15minutes to get everyone in the reception area)
First dance ( followed by mother and groom and bride and father dance and everyone else) 5-530
Line up for dinner (buffet style) 530-600
Dinner will actually starts 6pm
While dinner is on ( slide show/ Video )
Toast from maid of honor/best man
Cake cutting 7pm
Bouquet toss/ garter toss 730
Now you have 30 minutes left, you haven’t done the “going/visit each table guests to say hi and take group pictures with them..
those things are part of the wedding, with 100+ people it takes time to get all those things done.. Now where is the party in the wedding. At this time, instead of having that extra time to celebrate what’s left, you and your guests will be rush out, because your time is up.. Not fun at all…
Let me know what you think, I’m getting married next fall. I need your opinions on that matter. Thanks guys.