(Closed) Should I inform guests about reception schedule?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 31
7222 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I like to have a timeline when I attend events but they’re usually pretty standard so I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary.

We deliberately didn’t broadcast a timeline because we had the cocktail hour first to give people time to arrive. We have relatives whose time management skills are for shit (and they are apparently completely powerless to change that). We knew that if we told people that the first thing going on would be the cocktail hour, they would manage to be even later so we just kept everything quiet. It worked out beautifully.


Post # 32
3589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I like timelines! Then people can decide when to leave etc and not miss things

Post # 33
6119 posts
Bee Keeper

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tselcke :  Thanks! I’m thinking of a simple sign too.

Post # 34
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

No, I don’t need a detailed run sheet when I attend a party. I couldn’t care less about watching someone cut a cake either, I just want to eat it.

Post # 35
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

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harleybeachbride6 :  I just realized I wrote 9 hours earlier and I totally didn’t mean that… usually like 2 hours before the end of the reception. Like 
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socalgirl1689 :  said, you just group everyone together after you’ve done a bit of dancing and spend about 10-15 minutes outside and “fake” it. We did ours when we still had a ton of guests! We had a sign on the shaker table that said to plan it for 9pmish (just so people didn’t feel like they missed it). A lot of guests left after this (to drive back- we were away from town). Younger guests and closer family members stayed until the bitter end. 

We had our photographers for 7 hours, you really don’t need more than that because after this photo people started to really drink and get down dancing and people don’t always appreciate those photos. Plus it’s the same people dancing and the same people sitting outside talking, how many photos do you need of that? It wasn’t worth it to pay 2 photographers extra time for that time. If we waited until 11pm to take this photo- there would have been maybe 15 people there… not the 60 we walked through!

Post # 36
57 posts
Worker bee

I think all the details will take the surprise and spontaneity out of the wedding. Having someone make the announcement will allow guests to be in and enjoy every moment before they move on to the next one that you have planned out. The strict timing may not work all the time too. You and Fiance, your bridal party, family may have that information but guests do not necessarily need them. They just need to show up. sealed


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