Post # 1
My wedding venue will have our ceremony and reception all in one spot -we plan on having a ceremony less than a half hour.
Mom and I are debating (nicely, we have lots of time to plan!) about the best timeline for the day.
I would like to have a receiving line following the ceremony, so am alloting time for that as well.
I would love to hear timelines of your wedding (that has happened, or planned to!) or weddings you have attended -would love to hear the good, and the bad, and maybe that will help us come together on the best timing!
Thank-you in advance, you are all so helpful with stuff like this!
Post # 3
I have a similar set up! My wedding and reception is all in one spot at a nin-church venue! My ceremony will also be about half and hour–starting at 6:30. However, I plan on doing photos before hand and I’m not having a receiving line, so we are going right to the big show! After people file in and fill up their plates with heavy hors devours, we will be announced. I’m hoping this will be at about 7 to 7:30pm. We’ll go right to cutting the cake so the older guests/guests with little kids can get their fill and skip out. We’ll hit up the first dance next and then we plan to party it up! I’m not sure when exactly we’ll fit in the bouquet/garter toss and the toasts (we aren’t having a lot of those, though). We aren’t having a sit down meal, so the only truly scheduled event is our exit at around 10:45!
The reason we’re running head long into our reception is partially selfish (we love entertaining people!) and also due to my fear of people having to “wait.” I’ve just heard a lot of negative things about waiting on these boards, actually. If you look up people’s “worst wedding experiences” on here, a lot of them complain about waiting! So, I’m just gonna nip that in the bud and get the party on its feet ASAP! =)
Post # 4
I agree, but with so many coming from out of town, we want to ensure we see everyone (receiving line so we see everyone bare minimum), and the fact I am “getting out of” having this in a catholic church, there are some elements of traditional we are sticking with -and doing photos before (him seeing me before I walk down the aisle….) won’t happen!
We are having a sit down meal, and hors d’oeuvres (and an ice cream bar!) following the ceremony/receiving line, while we do photo’s, before dinner.
Thank-you though, agreed about getting party on its feet asap, however, some things just have to get done, as efficiently as possible! :p
Post # 5
After we are pronounced bubbles should be blown
10:30-11 pictures downtown/no before shots
10:30 guests can begin to eat
11 enter reception
11:05 first dance
11:10 mother/son father/ daughter
11:15 we eat yummy lol
11:40 we cut cake
11:45 cake pulls
12:05 kids bouquet and garter toss
12:30 bouquet toss
12:40 possible garter toss
1:15 grand exit with kids hopefully on horse and carriage
1:30 bring kids back to grandparents and true exit
2:00 reception over
The only thing missing is the money dance which many guests in Louisiana perform but none in TN. I am definitely not sure if we will do that.
Post # 6
All in one place like all in one room?
I went to one wedding (outdoors) where the ceremony was about twenty feet from the reception, and at the end of the ceremony, we all picked up our chairs and carried them to the tables and that was that.
I went to another (in a barn) where the ceremony was upstairs (in a loft) and the reception was downstairs, so they did a recieving line at the bottom of the stairs and released everyone row by row to go down and find your table.
Ours was all on the same college campus five minute drive or ten minute walk from ceremony to reception, so ran the following schedule:
5pm – ceremony starts (actually started at 5:03, and yes we had late comers sneaking in between bridesmaids, haha)
5:25/5:30 – ceremony ends, recieving line in the hallway just outside the back of the chapel
6pm – reception officially starts, but they were serving drinks at tables and music was going by the time the first guests made their way over
6:15 – bridal party enters the reception
It flowed really nicely, no hangups 🙂
Post # 7
4:00 ketubah ceremony
5:00 cocktail hour/more pictures
We had a long time between cocktail hour and dinner b/c not everyone was invited to the ceremony so I didn’t want them to come early and crash it. It was good to have all of that time anyway b/c we took all of that time for pictures. We were done with 5 minutes left for the cocktail hour, where we sat in a corner and had someone bring us some food.
Post # 8
Mine is still a very rough outline of the day:
8:00 Bride- wake up, check list…makeup, travel bag, etc.
9:00 Groom, just get yourself ready. RING!
9:45 Bridesmaids arrive at bride’s parents house for hair and make-up
12:00 Lunch break
2:00 Hair & Make-up done
2:30 Be at Devil’s Ridge for Photos
4:00 DJ onsite for setup and Prelude music
4:00 Guests start arriving
4:20 Bridal Party lines up for processional
4:25 Processional Starts
4:30 Ceremony Begins
4:30 Photobooth sets up in reception
5:00 Group Picture (everyone who is attending the wedding)
5:10 Cocktail Hour Begins
5:10 Pictures of Bridal Party on the links
6:10 Bridal Party Entrance
7:00 First Dance
7:05 Father/Daughter Dance
7:10 Bridal Party dance
7:30 Cut the cake (Might be moved to somewhere else)
*Then it’s party time until midnight.
Post # 9
All in one place, like all on one property! Ceremony outside about a 3-4 minute walk to where the reception will be (indoors) Ceremony will be indoors here if weather decides not no co-operate!
Post # 10
What are you serving for dinner? A 40 minute dinner seems super fast!
Post # 11
Here’s my thoughts….and I know the “waiting” is going to be the worst part.
by 5pm Ceremony and Receiving line will be done
5-6:15 Pictures (us, family wedding party (5 on each side) all taken at the venue)
6:15 Wedding party, family and us get seated for the wedding
Dinner served 6:20-6:25 ish.
After the receiving line, at the ceremony location the guests will be served beer and wine, and icecream bar (of course other non alcoholic refreshments avail too….) Hope someone doesn’t double fist with beer and ice cream!
At this point the chairs will be swept away from the ceremony site (the area is huge, guests won’t be in the way) then they will walk up to the reception site. They will be “back” there (sounds like they’re in holding, lol) by the time they spend time back there and the chairs move they will be back there a half hour or so.
Bar will be open upon arrival at the reception area, guests will probably get drinks, find their seats, mingle, hors d’oeuvres, check the place out (barn, huge amazing gardens, large patio).
So realistically we are going to disguise the “waiting” with being in two different locations (1/2 hour in one spot, 45 mins at the other) while we’re off getting photos done! We have big families and not seeing each other prior is important to us.
Am I crazy? (Yes, is ok!)
Post # 12
I forgot to finish editing the times when I adjusted something in the morning. It is def. a rough draft LOL.
Post # 13
6:30-7:30 cocktail hour
7:30 move to reception area
7:45 first dance
8:30 cut cake
8:50 hora/dance floor open
11:00 wedding ends
Post # 14
My timeline was pretty simple, but here it is:
3:00: photographer arrives, getting ready pictures and portraits
6-7: cocktail hour
I think the waiting is fine since you will have food/drink available. I think waiting is fine without food/drink, as long as there is something there for the guests to do.
Post # 15
Love this thread!
1pm: first look off location
3:30 – ceremony starts
4:00 – cocktail hour, more pictures outside of venue, with family
5:00 – reception seated, dinner to start soon after
6:00 – toasts, first dance, cake cutting
10:00 – reception end (It’s a sunday!)
Post # 16
You think the waiting is ok? Thank-you!
Thank you everyone for your feedback!