Post # 1
Please critque my timeline. FI made our schedule. We wanted to interspurse dancing in between courses.
6:15 – pre ceremony rituals
6:30 – ceremony starts
7:00 – cocktail hour begins
7:50 – guests start getting ushered to reception
8:05 – wedding party introductions
8:10 – first dance
8:15 – mother/daughter dance
8:20 – general dancing begins
8:35 – blessing/salads served
8:40 – welcome speech by MOB, MOH toast, BM toast
9:00 – mother/son dance
9:05 – dancing resumes
9:25 – dinner served
10:00 – hora then regular dancing resumes
10:30 – anniversary dance
10:35 – cake cutting
10:40 – dancing resumes
11:50 – last slow dance
11:55 – last fast dance
Post # 3
Wow! That sounds like you got everything in there. You should always give a few extra minutes to each time lot, just in case. I think your good though.
Post # 4
@ajillity81: Is it normal to have dinner so late? Im a noob, been to few weddings, but I would be so hungry by 9.30?
Post # 5
@ajillity81: I personally wouldn’t break up the open dancing with dinner.
I would do the first dance then welcome speech/toasts. Then begin dinner service. Then mother/daughter and mother/son dances. I think the hora and anniversary dances can be inserted in the open dancing portion of the evening.
Post # 6
@FutureMrsHallam: i wanted to have dinner served no later than 9 but at the same time, i’ve been to weddings where i am stuffed from cocktail hour and would like some time to digest before sitting down to eat again.
FI is the wedding expert, he’s been to at least 25 weddings in the last 10 years, I’ve been to about 10 in my whole life so I let him do our timeline. it is still a work in progress.
Post # 7
i also wouldn’t break up dancing by dinner. i think dancing and eating and dancing again would make me sick. i would save the dancing for one time because if you break it up by dinner when more people are about to come dance too you have to end it for more food.
Post # 8
I would not break up dinner with dancing. I personally wouldn’t dance at all between courses and I’m pretty sure most guests will just stay on their seats. I would be sitting ther getting really crabby because I was hungry :/ that’s also a very late dinner time- please ensure that your guests know that dinner won’t be served until 9pm.
Post # 9
You really have thought of everything! My only concern that as a guest I would be a little curious as to why it took an hour between salad and dinner, you know? Obviously it is your wedding and however you want to set it up is totally fine! 🙂
Post # 10
@ajillity81: Oh very true! I spose so long as guests know how late dinner is and know to eat plenty of appetisers! One wedding I went to (fancy schmancy) they had appetisers and a 3-course dinner, but we didn’t know when dinner would be served so we hardly ate any appetisers and let ourselves stay a little hungry, but by the time dinner came hours later we were SAH HUNGRAY! 😛
I also agree with PP’s about dancing, I would be sitting there wondering why we weren’t being fed, and not moving because I am A) just fed and B) expecting the next part of the events to happen. I would be super confused haha and I would probably think after 30 minutes that the salad was dinner!
I think it will end up being 20 minutes of awkward nothingness and loud music rather than “dancing resumes” 😛
Post # 11
Hmmm I’d do dinner all at once and then have uninterrupted dancing after. I wouldn’t feel like getting up and dancing if I know another course is coming in 10 minutes.
Post # 12
@MrsPocahontas: @FutureMrsHallam: @IzzyBear: @senglish0410: @MrsBeck:
thank you all for your feedback, it is a work in progress. i guess people have different opinions of when dinner and dancing should be. i’ve enjoyed the weddings more when there is dancing between salad and main course.
FI and I went to his cousin’s wedding last weekend where we took notes of their timeline. cocktail hour ran out of food and i was hungry, then we sat for 30 minutes before couple was introduced. soup, then salad, then dinner was served back to back with speeches. FI and I kept looking at each other asking when the band was going to come back so we could dance. after the 3 courses, i was stuffed and didn’t feel like dancing anymore. finally, while on the dance floor, i saw cake was placed at my seat. a few songs later when i was finally ready to eat the cake, it had already been cleared away. neither of us liked their timeline with all of the talking and stuff before the dancing.
i am going to try to finagle things to move dinner a little earlier, but we still want to keep dancing between the courses.