Post # 1
Our ceremony and reception are at the same place, which is awesome, but I’m starting to feel like our timeline is going to be super short. Not including the set-up/clean-up time, we have 5 hours for the (short) ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. We can buy an extra hour, but it’s a whopping $600, and I’m wondering if this timeline will work.
(Also, it’s a Sunday evening so a lot of folks will need to work the next morning, and we’re planning on heading to a bar with our friends.)
4:30-5:15 Cocktail "Hour," followed by first dance and asking people to sit down
5:30 Buffet (15 tables, not sure how long it will really take to get them all through the line)
7:00 Cake cutting, parent dances, party
8:45 Last Call
What do you think?
Post # 4
I don’t think I have enough info to vote. The timeline you’ve shown doesn’t include set up/cleanup, the cermony, photographs, etc.
Is the ceremony at 4pm with cocktail hour at 4:30pm? When will you set up? Do you have someone to set up for you? When are you going to take pictures? I can’t imagine you having a ceremony and portraits all in 30min. If you have to clean up and be out by 9, how can last call be at 8:45?
Post # 5
Good questions, Rosy. That does NOT include the setup and clean up time. The caterers will set up starting at 2, and have an hour after the reception ends (so 9-10) to clean up.
We’re planning on doing most of the photos (or as many as we can) between 2 when we can arrive on the site and 3:30 when the guests will probably start arriving for the 4 pm ceremony. During the cocktail hour, there are 3 must-take photos with big groups, but we’re planning to get the immediate family/bridal party photos before the ceremony.
Post # 6
I think your timeline looks fine! We are also getting married on a Sunday, and our entire reception is only 4.5 hours. Here’s our reception timeline:
5:30-6:30 Cocktail hour
6:30 Introduction, first dance
6:45 First Course and Toasts
7:15 Second Course and Parents Dances
8:30 Cake Cutting
9:55 Last Dance
Especially on a Sunday night, I think a lot of people will appreciate an early night. And it seems like your timeline gives plenty of time for each activity. If there’s too much time in between things, people might get bored anyway!
Post # 7
I voted that it was a little rushed. But, if you don’t mind that you’ll be fine. It’s not that its an impossible schedule its just would be too much pressure for me! It is on a Sunday and people will have to work so you know that it will be great for them. The schedule will work great if you want it to!
Post # 8
Thanks, Mrs. Spring. Looking at your timeline makes me feel a little bit better, although I’m still a little bummed that we’ll end so early in the night. I know it’s tight, and I’d love the extra hour, I’m just not sure if I can justify the $600…