Post # 1
We’re having a short basic ceremony, no long religious aspects or extra additions.
5:00 Seating/Processional/Ceremony begins
5:45 Guests leave for reception
5:45 Last minute pics (first look/wedding party/family pics scheduled before ceremony)
6:00 Wedding Party Head to Ceremony
6:15 Guests arrive at reception site
6:30 Wedding party arrival and intro/First Dances
7:00 Dinner is served
10:50 Last Dance
11:00 Sparkler Farewell
Does this seem like a long enough reception? The reception site is about a 15 min drive from the church plus parking. The minister said she’d make an announcement at the end of the ceremony to have everyone head straight to the reception instead of standing around for a long time. Does this all look like it would work out?
Post # 3
I would just make sure you have plenty of time for pictures before. We did pictures before too and ended up spending a full hour after doing more pictures.
Post # 4
@artbee: I was worried about that too! We’re starting with finishing touches/first look pictures at 2, starting wedding party pics by 2:45 (30 min max) and then taking pictures all the way until 4-4:30. We’re getting ready at the church and taking all the pictures there so we shouldn’t lose any time to traveling. How many people were you coordinating for your pictures?
Post # 5
That looks great! I’m hoping that our ceremony lasts no longer than 30 minutes. I don’t really like long ceremonies, plus it will be extremely hot for an outside wedding. You timeline looks about the same as mine, except we are having a cocktail hour so we can have a full hour for pictures after the ceremony. 🙂
Post # 6
@kperry3: Thanks! I prefer shorter ceremonies, too, unless it’s long due to actual religious reasons. My fiance has a really large extended family but I would really like to keep the family pictures to more immediate family bc we aren’t close to them and don’t really like them lol does that make me a bad person?