Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m getting married in NOLA in April, 2013. I have a second line band booked, but I need opinions on the timing.
The Ceremony takes place from 7-7:30 and the reception starts at 7:30 at the same location and goes until 11:30.
I’m torn between having the second line parade going from 7:30 – 8:30pm (which will get in the way of dinner and kind of shorten the time line for everything else) or having it from 11:00pm – midnight through the streets.
I’m trying to figure out if you think 11pm – midnight is way too late for something like this. I think most people in our familes are totally willing to stay up that late, I just don’t know what is typical or if that will present problems. Any opinions are welcome! What do you think?
Post # 3
I think 11 p.m. is too late for a second line. It’s really late for a wedding in New Orleans and many of your guests will go home by then. I would opt to have it in between your ceremony and reception since you are having a late ceremony.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2012 - the Columns Hotel
if I may, I think you are planning for too much time. I think ive bben in at least ten secondlines, not including my own. and ours was one of the longest we’ve walked in, and was only like 30 minutes- and we were exhausted. We did t right between ceremony and reception, and the timing workEd really well. The only times I’ve seen them done later were when the parade stayed indoors and circled the ballroom, or was leaving the reception for the after party. If you are doing it to another location, consider that some guests leave early or do not want to change locations, so you might not have them included.
Post # 5
I am a destination NOLA bride. We are getting married in Dec. 2013 and are planning on second lining between the ceremony and reception. We are also having our ceremony at the same location as the reception, and are starting at 7:00 pm. From everything I have researched, it is more appropriate to have it earlier. That way, everyone is there and enjoying it together, and you don’t have to worry about some guests being gone by the time you do it.
Also, if you don’t mind sharing, would you tell me who you booked? I have been doing a lot of research and can’t make a decision!
Post # 6
@nickiandjasonwedding: We’re going with the Storyville Stompers! Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s any way for me to avoid having the second line until 11:30pm – midnight for the night owls because we just wouldn’t have enough time to fit everything else in 🙁