Post # 1
Does this seem like a reasonable timeline? Anything I forgot or need to tweak? Adequate time for pictures? Thanks! 🙂
8:00 AM – Bride wakes up, showers, eats breakfast (potentially with bridesmaids)
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Hair and makeup
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM – Bride and bridesmaids arrive at venue
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Bride and bridesmaids get dressed / Groomsmen arrive at venue / Florist brings bouquets and boutonnieres
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – First look and bridal party portraits
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Bridal party takes a breather (maybe) / Guests arrive
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Ceremony
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Cocktail “hour” begins / Family & last minute photos
4:30 PM – Bridal party announced
4:35 PM – First dance / parent dances
4:45 PM – Cocktail “hour” ends / dinner begins / Toasts will be done as salad is served
5:30 approx (before guests are called to line up for buffet) – Cake cutting
6:30 approx (whenever dinner is done) – 8:30 – Dancing
Post # 3
Are you doing a recieving line after the ceremony?
Post # 4
I would not announce anything or do dances until “cocktail hour” is officially over and everyone is seated. If you have large families, 30 minutes may not be enough time. Wrangling all of those people and having them pay attention was, for me, the most frustrating part of the day.
I would maybe even switch the dances until after dinner as it kicks off the rest of the dancing for the evening…but that’s just my opinion.
Post # 5
@waffle: All valid points. Our wedding is small (60 people) and the function space isn’t that big. Everyone will be in the same place during cocktail hour, so I figured announcing the Bridal Party and getting our dances out of the way early would be good – people can just gather around the dance floor to watch.
Family pictures will just consist of one sister, two sets of parents and two grandmothers. I don’t think it will be an issue.
Our goal is to get all the boring, ceremonial type things out of way early so we can relax and have fun.
Post # 6
I would recommend upping your getting dressed time to an hour instead. This takes a surprisingly long time with all the people around. Also, just rethink the time you have laid out for photos. We had an hour and a half for pictures (didn’t do a first look) and ended up running a bit long and didn’t get all the photos we wanted. Of course, our photog took FOREVER to set up shots and took a million of the same pose, so your photog may be better at time management.
And I agree with @Waffle on the seating of family and dancing. People do not move quickly in the sitting down department. I would also switch the dancing to the end of all your planned events to kick off the dancing…
One more thing…be prepared for your timeline to get stretched the day of. I had a very detailed timeline (much to the amusement of everyone I gave it to) and basically from the start of the ceremony on, things were late. Just roll with it. 🙂
ETA: We only had about 75 guests, and I felt like you…it shouldn’t be hard to corral everyone. But it was…
Post # 7
Given that you’re having a smaller ceremony, and will have fewer family to worry about gathering for photos, I think it looks reasonable. I would just make sure to remind all of them the night before or the day of to stick around immediately following the ceremony. Most family knows that – but a reminder might be helpful :).
Also, I distributed my timeline, along with cell phone numbers for me, the groom, our parents, and all of the day-of vendors, to the church, reception, and photographer. That way, if anyone needed to contact us, they knew where we were and how to get ahold of us. We didn’t have anything major happen that day, but it was good knowing if something happened (like the photographer couldn’t find the church), he had plenty of people he could call.
Post # 8
I think it looks good! My initial thought was also to do the dances after dinner, but I think since it is a pretty small wedding you could make it work either way. Is the cocktail hour in the same function space as the reception? Just thinking about dances and making sure you have whatever music/speakers you need in the cocktail hour space.
In terms of pre-wedding pics, we are planning about the same amount of time for photos, so hopefully we will both find it works! You can always double check with your photographer about how much time they recommend.
Sounds like a great plan to relax and enjoy! Have fun!
Post # 9
Cocktail hour, dinner and dancing will be in the same space. The room is divided into dining and dancing areas with a railing, so I figured people will have a better view of the special dances when they’re standing and mingling as opposed to when they’re all seated for dinner. I feel like the dances happened before dinner at most of the weddings I’ve been to.
As for getting dressed, my dress takes <5 minutes to get into so I’m not worried about that. I figured my girls can finish getting ready while we do our first look.