- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2015
nataliecjy: Hi, congrats on planning your wedding!
My timeline wasn’t really too bad, considering we were starting much earlier than most weddings. I ended up waking up around 5am but I think it was mostly my brain was in overdrive thinking of everything, plus they were predicting storms during the wedding so I was keeping an eye on the weather. I had planned on getting up around 7 or so, having some coffee/something to eat, only myself and my Maid/Matron of Honor were having our hair and make up done so the ladies from the salon showed up around 8 (we stayed at the resort where we were holding the reception so we used their staff from the salon). It took a little more than 2 hours to get hair and make up done, then getting dressed I think I ended up being totally ready to go about 10:20 (ceremony started at 11). We had a first look- which I was a bit late for- and took some pictures before leaving for the ceremony which was about 10 mins away. I made it to the ceremony location at pretty much 11 on the dot and walked right in and got married! Ceremony was about 20 minutes and the guests left to head to the cocktail hour. We took more pictures for about an hour and made our way to the reception for about 12:20. We were introduced, had our first dance and speeches (loved they they were short and sweet ) then they invited everyone to eat- we had buffet stations with omelet and waffle bars, mini sliders/mini crab cakes etc… After about an hour and a half or so once the food started – in that time most people were chatting and catching up, my husband and I have been together for almost 12 years and our familys each knew each other well so it was kind of like a reunion for them all- we cut the cake which pretty much signaled to people that it was ok to go. I think all in all it ended up being over around 3pm.
Sorry- that was a lot of info!! To shorten it to answer your questions quicker- I think getting up at 7 for an 11am wedding is fine, I would get up a bit earlier if you’re going to have a first look.
We didn’t set up our ceremony space so I can’t really answer that, but I do know they started at about 9-9:30 setting up the chairs and the florist was there about the same time putting the flowers on the arch and we had some flowers hanging on some of the aisle chairs. We didn’t have much beyond that.
Our signal to the guests that it was ok to leave was after cutting the cake. Some left right away, a majority stayed another 15 minutes or so, had a cupcake and left. When we noticed people getting ready to leave we stood by the doorway and said good bye to most of them- we were staying at the resort so we didn’t really have an exit or anything.
Let me know if you have any other questions, I loved having a brunch wedding and wouldn’t have had it any other way!