(Closed) Morning Wedding/Afternoon Reception – Timeline?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I definately agree with you on that one!

However, I probably wont be able to sleep anyway, being so excited and all.


Post # 4
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

Oh I was able to sleep just fine, I was exhausted, LOL.  I woke up at 6am to be there at 9am for early pics.

Post # 5
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My ceremony’s at 11, and an hour away from where I’m staying.  3 am sounds crazy to me!   (So does 6, actually–I’m very impressed you could function that early, Mightysaphire!)  My question is how does anyone get up so early and still be awake enough to enjoy the whole reception?  Are there any non-morning people who managed this?  Or is the trick to spike all your drinks with coffee? 🙂

Post # 7
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was originally planning for a 10:30am ceremony, but bumped it to 12:00, so we can do the ceremony and then a late lunch reception (1-5pm) that way we can serve lunch instead of dinner (saving money), and with a 12:00 ceremony that puts me at 10:00am needing to be ready for pictures before guests arrive.  Maybe I’m crazy, but I’m thinking I will be okay to wake up at 7:30am, which is what I’m used to for work and typically naturally wake up around 7:00 or 7:30am… cause I don’t want to be a cranky bride on my wedding day due to lack of sleep!

Post # 8
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I got married at 11:00 a.m. and woke up at 5:30 (alarm was set for 6). My Maid/Matron of Honor, mom, and I stayed at a hotel about 3 minutes away from the church.  The other bridesmaid didn’t want to stay with us, so she met us at the hotel at 6:30 (closer to 7 since she’s chronically late) to get hair and make-up ready.  The friend helping us with hair was there at 7.  We left the hotel around 9 to go to the church. At the church we did last minute set ups (we did most everything ourselves so if you aren’t putting out own flowers, etc you have extra time). At 10 we did last hair and make up touchups, and by 10:30/10:45 I was all set to walk down the aisle.  The photog did all of his detail shots and getting ready pics from 9:30 on.  The ceremony started on time (I’ve been told that’s a first)! By 11:30 we were taking family and group shots. We were introduced at 12:00 and the reception went from there.

Hope this helps!

Post # 9
1481 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010


730am Hair Appointment

10.00am Florist and musicians may arrive to set up
10.30am Bridal Party may arrive
12.00pm Ceremony
12.30pm Hors d’ oeuvres and Bar opens (We will be taking pictures during this time)
1.30pm Seat Guests Toasts, Blessing
1.50pm First Course
2.10pm Main Course
3.10pm Announcements of the Bridal Party ( This happens after dinner) First Dance, Cake Cutting
3.30pm Dessert Station
4.30pm Bar closes to alcohol
5.00pm Reception over

Hope this helps!

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