Post # 1
Good evening, Bees!
My ceremony and reception are at the same place, the home of our officiant who is also hosting our wedding.
He is a wonderful friend but has a less than friendly girlfriend, who is technically a cohost
My Fi and I live about 30 mins away from where the 1:30p wedding will take place. I will have hair and makeup done in town that morning and then have to decide where I will finish getting ready. I want to be onsite so I can supervise last minute preparations and of course so I can already be there. The thing is, I don’t know if I want the cohost hovering around me. Also, I’m not sure who I should have there with me when I am getting ready. I don’t have BMs but my 4 daughters and my step-daughter will be standing up with me. Maybe I’ll need one good friend who will make me laugh and help me relax?! LOL
Also, not sure where Fi will be if I stay at our house since he would normally stay at the hosts house where I will likely be getting ready. I’m sure he can find a place to crash after the rehearsal, but I want him to be comfortable too.
As far as day of timing goes, I’m sure hair/makeup will be early in the morning, we will have one main photographer and several “freelance” photographers. Not sure when he should show up.
I’m planning on a 2p cocktail hour. We will be doing very few formal photos and again, we will remain onsite. I figure we will have the acoustic band play for the afternoon.
I figure we will open the buffet at 5p for dinner. There may be an impromptu toast, but neither of us has a Bridesmaid or Best Man or Maid/Matron of Honor.
We will have a first dance but no father/daughter mother/son dance. I figure the DJ will begin playing after dinner around 6p.
I guess we would cut the cake around 7:30-8p? Then dancing until the party ends whenever.
Does this sound about right?
Post # 3
IMO i think theres too much time between the cocktail hour/band and the buffet. Perhaphs make the ceremony at 230? then cocktail hour/band from 3-5? or even push it back to 330?
are you having the band there the whole night? or just the afternoon? Dj for the evening?
But its your wedding and if you want the timeline like that then go for it!! Esp if its a good band! =)
Post # 4
There will be swimming, lawn games and that kind of thing going on too before dinner. The cocktail hour will have munchie type foods for people to snack on before we eat at 5p. I didn’t want people to feel like they were being rushed through their meal and since most of the time the couple leaves to go to pictures for a couple hours in between, I didn’t think the break we have would be too much time. Since we will still be there after the ceremony, I figure it will be a chance for us to make the rounds and visit with people while everyone has a snack and some cocktails and the kids did some swimming and playing before dinner.
Post # 5
O! well if youve got all the planned then i think its great timing! I was picturing everyone sitting around at tables just getting drunk and listening to a band, and it made me think more of a bar setting!
But that sounds like a very fun wedding!
Post # 6
Bawahaha!! Not that everyone sitting around at tables getting drunk is a bad thing..just not the right venue for that!!
This is the third marriage for both of us and he will be 53 and I am 39. It’s going to be very casual and all of our beloved friends and family will be there. We are over the obligatory invite stage so it’s going to be more of a party with an “oh by the way, we’re getting married” vibe.
There’s going to be between 50-75 kids there and they will be dying to get into the pool and play. We will have the accoustic band there for the afternoon and the DJ will get going after dinner. We also have lots of friends who play and sing so there will be some jammin’ going on as well. It’s all outdoors at a private home. I’m so excited, I think it is going to be a blast!
I’m most worried about where I’m going to get ready! LOL