Post # 1
We are having a New Years Eve Wedding, Dec 31 2014 which falls on a Wednesday. I need help with my timeline. We are having our Ceremony and Reception at the same Venue. I have a rough Idea below but I don’t know when toasts/speeches, the first dance and Father Daughter dance, cake cutting etc.. fit in and other details, any input is greatly appreciated!!
4-6:30pm Pictures: Getting Ready shots, “First Look”, Bridal Party and Immediate family.
6:45 Invite time
7:00- 7:20 Ceremony
7:30-12:00 Reception -Open Bar Opens, Food Service starts(Passed apps and food stations)
We are wanting to include a few traditions, first dance, father and daughter dance, Mother and Son dance, Toasts and Speechs, cake cutting but where should this all fit in and when should we open up the dance floor and start the party with the DJ? Should we also have a photobooth?
12:00pm Balloon Drop
12:30 End Time
Post # 3
@missglitterbee: Hey there! I having a NYE wedding this year so maybe my timeline will be helpful to you!
4:30PM- Groomsmen & Groom travel to Venue
5PM- Bridesmaids and Bride travel to Venue
5:30PM Guest arrival
6PM Ceremony begins
6:30PM-8PM Cocktails & lots and lots of food!
8PM-8:20- Intros, our first dance, Speaches/toasts
8:20PM App, Salad, dinner- When most people are done eating salad and before plates are cleared is when we will cut our cake
9:30PM- after dinner we will have father/daughter and mother/son dances
Of course this is a rough timeline and I’m sure things will get pushed back! 🙂
We do have a photobooth from 8:30PM-12:30AM which I am really excited about. We also have a midnight snack and champagne toast!
Post # 4
@missglitterbee: what do you mean by ‘invite time’?
the invitation *should* state the time of the ceremony actually starting rahter than the time your prefer guests to arrive.
@Razzmatazz: hello fellow new years-er! our dance floor is also opening up at 9.45pm, i was worried it was too late, but doesn’t sound that bad that soemoen else is havign it that way also 🙂
Post # 5
@Nic01: This seems to be a regional thing. No one where I live ever puts the exact time of the ceremony on the invitations. Especially in a big city like NY, where traffic and transportation can be unpredictable, the invitation time can be generally anywhere from 15 minutes to 1/2 hour before the ceremony start time. There are usually light refreshments offered while people mingle if the wait is going to be more than a few minutes.
Post # 6
@weddingmaven: Regional ‘customs’ trumps ‘ettiquette’ 🙂
You certainly learn a whole bunch on the bee!