(Closed) Should I inform guests about reception schedule?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I have always liked having a basic idea of the evening.  You could either do it detailed like you posted or be a little more general with ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner/dancing, sparkler sendoff.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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tselcke :  If anyone’s ever been to a wedding before, yours will be exactly what they expect.  No one cares about the timing but you.  I do find it odd that the cake is getting cut 2 hours before it’s being served – why does that get done so early?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

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fredthebasil :  Can’t speak for OP, but I’m cutting my cake early because I don’t see a point in paying the photographer to be there an extra 2 or more hours just to photographer the cake cutting. 

OP, I have my wedding schedule posted on our wedding website. We likely won’t have anything about the schedule posted at the wedding itself, but I think it can be a nice idea.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Meh. My planner and her staff just made announcements on the day of letting the guests know what was coming up next and where they should be at what time. I think a schedule or sign is overkill.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

As a guest I don’t need this level of detail.  Just tell me where to show up and how to dress and I’ll be there with bells on. 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

 

I think its too many details. As long as you tell your guests the start time, the evening will flow. Everyone knows to expect probably a first dance, a speech or two, dinner, cake, etc. They don’t need to be checking their watches to “keep on schedule”, that’s your coordinators job.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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tselcke :  no just do a sign for the sparkler send off

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

just have your DJ announce when major events are happening and where people should be

Post # 12
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Honey bee

Unless there is a significant gap or multiple locations, then a schedule is not necessary. I think what you’re proposing is Too Much Information.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

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tselcke :  As a wedding guest, are you grateful when you have an itinerary for the evening? Or does that take away some element of surprise? — Neither. It’s just not needed and seems like overkill. Most people have been to weddings before. Even if this is the very first one someone’s ever been to, what is the benefit of knowing, or the consequence of not knowing in advance that the grand march happens after the cake cutting? There is none. No benefit + no consequence = doesn’t matter. No need to make extra work for yourself when it’s not going to add to your guests’ experience.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

This seems like too much information for me. None of your schedule is unusual for a wedding- I don’t think they need to be notified about it.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

Maybe trim some elements down or generalize them (“Reception program” or something), but keep the stuff that’s important so people know when and where to show up, what time dinner will be served, and when the event should end.

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