(Closed) Need advice on wedding timeline–opinions please!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: What do you think of my timeline?
    Looks good! : (2 votes)
    50 %
    It would be better with some changes, which I'll explain in the comments. : (2 votes)
    50 %
    You need a whole new timeline, which I'll suggest in the comments. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    8882 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    It looks good but I would leave more time between the end of the ceremony and when the meal is eaten. 15 minutes seems way too short inbetween and people will feel rushed.

    Post # 5
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I think it looks good.  I’m just wondering with your ceremony being at 11:30 and you are doing a first look and pictures beforehand, what time are you and your girls getting ready?  My ceremony will be at 2:30 (Catholic) and I think we’ll have to start at 6am to be ready in time!

    Post # 7
    8882 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @winterbriderose:  My thinking could be way off, forgive me if it is. Just going by how I felt on the day (and it was a big blur it went SO fast!) Usually there is a cocktail hour/mingling with guests after the ceremony, but I think you are skipping this part which is totally fine.  I am just thinking it will take more than 15 minutes for people to move from the ceremony space to the dining space and take their seats.

    I suspect that a lot of your guests will leave the ceremony space and want to go up to you and congratulate you, even if that’s not in the plan.  I know at my wedding (100 people) it was hard to get everyone to the dining room for the meal, people just were doing their own thing and not listening to the announcements. I think in all the excitement people get distracted.

    I would give 30 minutes between the ceremony and meal time just in case. Everything else looks perfect πŸ™‚

    Post # 9
    8882 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @winterbriderose:  No problem πŸ™‚ If you can get some sleep the night before it helps. I slept a solid 7 hours and it kept me refreshed and relaxed all day. Enjoy every moment of the day πŸ™‚

    Post # 10
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    How many guests are you having?  If it’s a small wedding it would be fine but I agree with PP that 15 minutes likely won’t be enough time to get from ceremony to dinner but this is dependant on how many guests we’re talking about.  

    Post # 12
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i would lengthen the time between ceremony and eating.  People are going to mingle a bit between that time guaranteed. also would also give a bit more time for speeches.  

    I always gave extra time in our timeline just in case.  You never know because things never run on time.

    Post # 14
    4192 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    If you want a photo will ALL the guests, I would do it right after the ceremony. Same with the receiving line-people may scatter right after they eat- are they going to want to hang out for 3 hours? (Maybe it’ll be different with a daytime wedding, but we had family leave shortly after dessert.) You can do toasts during the meal, if that helps.


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