(Closed) Pretty Please with a cherry on top! Help with my Timeline/Order of Events.

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Misshotsauce: I’m not really the best to be answering your timeline question, as I pretty much have the same questions for my wedding. However, if I received an invitation that said “4:30pm” I would be there probably at 4:15pm (and assume it’s starting at 4:30pm).

Post # 5
28 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ok… this might be a long response so sorry if I expand on things too much:

1.  If the invite says ceremony at 4:30, that means the ceramony begins at 4:30 so guests should plan to arrive prior and you will begin at 4:30 (now, does this actually happen all the time?  No.  so, if you end up starting a little late, no problem.

2.  Work closely with your MC as he will be the one “in-charge” of the day and will be leading the festivities and keeping the parrty going.  He will have many helpful suggestions on when to do all of the things you have listed but at the end of the day, it’s all up to you.

3. How long do you expect dinner to be?  How important is moving to the dancing and “fun” (if this is what you’re interested in)?

I’ll list a rough timeline for you so you can get an idea of why I’m asking the above questions.

6:00- cocktail hr

7:00- seating begins

7:15- introductions

7:20- dinner begins

7:30- “entertainment” begins

8:00- “entertainment” ends

8:30- speeches

8:45- speeches end (hopefully sooner)

8:40- dessert begins

8:40- mother-son dance

8:45- father-daughter dance

8:50- first dance

8:55- opening dancing begins (hopefully sooner)

12:00- reception ends with option to continue


Now, this is just what I have also seen a lot of cake-cutting and first dance right after introductions.  I wanted to keep my guests entertained throughout dinner and keep the evening moving.  I wanted to get through dinner and speeches as quickly as possible because the fun dancing and such is important to us.  We’re having a seated dinner with almost 300 people.  We’re not having a receiving line and will say thank you’s throughout dinner.

Hope this helps some… good luck!


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