Post # 1
I can’t decide whether or not I should let wedding guests know the timeline for our reception, either on a sign or in our ceremony program. As a wedding guest, are you grateful when you have an itinerary for the evening? Or does that take away some element of surprise? I’m thinking something pretty basic like:
4:30pm: Cocktail Hour
5:30pm: Cake Cutting
6pm: Grand March & First Dance
6:15pm: Welcome & Dinner
7:30pm: Toasts & Cake
10pm: Late-Night Snack
11pm: Sparkler Sendoff
Would love to hear your thoughts!
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
Our venue would like us to cut the cake before we sit down for dinner, so they have time to cut it up for all of our guests! Plus, the cake is in a different room than the reception and I wanted all guests to be able to witness us cutting it at the end of cocktail hour. 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
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 # 6
That’s also another great reason to cut the cake early! Thanks!
Post # 7
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
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
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
no just do a sign for the sparkler send off
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island
just have your DJ announce when major events are happening and where people should be
Post # 12
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
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
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
- 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.