- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
So for quite a number of reasons, we’ve decided not to follow a “traditional” timeline for our wedding day. We’ve come up with a timeline that we like and that works with our circumstances, but I’m having doubts about it. It’s unusual and I’m worried our guests will be confused or it will be play out really weird. We will have our pastor and reception MC both explain how things will play out so people know what’s going to happen, but I’m concerned. So I need your help hive! If you were a guest at my wedding, what would you think of this timeline?
(Just a few notes to give you an idea of our event–our wedding is destination for the vast majority of our guests, we’re having about 70 guests (50+ are family/close friends), reception and ceremony are in the same location, and we are a conservative group for the most part, so no drinking/dancing at the reception.)
(prior to the ceremony we will be doing a first look, bridal party portraits, and immediete family portraits)
11:30 am — ceremony begins
12:15 pm (aprox) — ceremony ends
12:30 pm (aprox) — reception hall opens & main meal is eaten (ETA: We will be adding at least an additional 15 minutes here to allow guests more time to get to the dining room and get settled before dinner.)
1:30 pm (aprox) — toasts/speeches
1:45 pm (aprox) — dessert
Once dessert is over — mingling/visiting for as long as everyone seems to be enjoying it/until we’re ready to go/or 4:00 pm at the latest
4:00 pm (max) — everybody heads back to the sanctuary for extended family pictures/bride & groom with guests pictures (we want photos with nearly nearly all of the guests, which is why we are including everybody in this step instead of just family)
4:30 pm (aprox) — “goodbye line” (we will be doing basically a receiving line at the very end of the wedding for the purpose of thanking everyone for coming and saying goodbye, since we really wanted the chance to say goodbye to all the family we won’t be seeing again for probably years, but didn’t want to have to track everybody down/take hours to say goodbye/miss people)
4:30 pm (aprox) — as guests leave the “goodbye line” they will be directed out the entrance of the church to get ready for our exit
Whenever the “goodbye line” is finished — we exit amid confetti/bubbles/streamers/whatever 🙂
So…that’s what we’re thinking. Opinions hive? Will this work?