NYE Brides, share your time line.

posted 3 years ago in December 2014
Post # 2
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - The Villa

Welll… I haven’t got the whole day figured out yet but this what I’m thinking:

300P – Hotel Check-in

330P – Bridesmaid Hair/Bride Make Up

430P – Bridesmaid Makeup/Bride Hair

600P – Photog Arrive (w/ Men)/Groomsmen Get Ready

630P – Photog Arrive (w/ Women)

700P – Finish Beauty (Head 2 First Look Location)

715P – First Look/Bridal Party Pix

800P – Pre-Ceremony Mixer

830P – Ceremony

900P – Cocktail “Hour”

930P – Reception Begin/Intros

935P – First Dance/Generational Dance

940P – Father/Daughter Dance

945P – Mother/Son Dance

950P – Welcome/Salad

1010P – Toasts (MOH/BM) & Dinner – followed up by FOB Toast

1055P – DANCE!!

1159P – Midnight Countdown

1215A – Cake Cutting

1230A – Garter/Bouquet Toss

100A – Lights Up

…when i look at this it looks so squished, i was thinking of adding another hour to dance maybe adding at the beginning so we start at 7. thoughts?

(btw, i’m renting a party bus for my bridal party to go into DC to finish the night – because it’s NYE and the parties in DC don’t stop til 6 am – at a club. Paying for their section in the club too…)

Post # 4
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - The Villa


Tanleggedjuliet:  Timeline came with the help of Bridal Guide (http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/wedding-planning-basics/complete-wedding-day-timeline); they were really thorough. I don’t know if that’s the end all be all but we’ll see.

Can I ask how long you think your ceremony will be? Also what kind of food are you planning to serve at the reception? That’ll give a better idea of what time you should start so that you can make through midnight w/o your guests starving or bored.

Post # 6
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - The Villa

Tanleggedjuliet:  Okay, well my suggestion would be to work backwards. If you want to be wrapped by 11pm, then I’d allow an hour and half for dancing/cake (at least), prior to that [930pm]. Then half hour for toasts, garter/bouquet toss (if you are doing it) [9pm], A thirty mins for intro mother/son dance, father/daughter dance, etc. [830p]. If you are not doing a cocktail hour (which I assume you aren’t) then your reception would be preceeding that… so a 20 minute reception w/ a 10 min break for you and your new hubby… leaves you at about 8pm. 

Post # 8
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5:30 Ceremony

6:00 Cocktail Hour

7:00 Reception begins

7:30 Dinner/Toast

8:45 Cut the Cake

9:15 First Dance

10:30 Bouquet Toss/Garder Toss

11:30 Late night snack

12:00 Balloon Drop/Happy New Year

1:00 Lights Up




Post # 9
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - The Villa

Hmmm… I’ve sinced revised my timeline but I’m concerned about it a little. I was leaving the cake cutting until after midnight but I know that some older folks wait for that before they take it as their cue to leave. However, it’s NYE and I want to make sure my guests had sustenance to make it through the night. Thoughts?

Post # 10
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - The Villa

You guys made an progression/revisions to your timelines? I think I finally got mine nailed down… just checking in.

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