- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
I’m in the process of drawing up a time-line and would very much appreciate any thoughts; I’ve given as much info as possible to make it as clear as possible.
1pm: Ceremony commences
1.30pm: exit the ceremony (we’ve been told to allow 20 mins for the ceremony)
1.35pm: walk to the reception venue 2 minutes away
1.40pm: arrive at reception venue
1.45pm: full group shots outside reception venue
1.55-3.15pm: drinks reception (canapes, sparkling wine, live music); we will join the guests briefly and then go to have our photos taken; some of the Bridal Party and family shots will also be done at this time (hoping to get some done before the ceremony to cut down on this)
3.20pm: guests seated for the wedding breakfast
3.25-5.15pm: wedding breakfast (63 guests, 3 courses, short speeches; don’t plan to do gifts, we will give the Bridal Party their gifts earlier, before the ceremony, and will give my parents their gift quietly at a later date)
5.15-5.45: hotel removes tables from the room and begins setting up for the evening (tehy’ve said they can get the tables out within 10-15 minutes; they’re used to tight turnarounds because of how the venue is set up)
5.30-5.45pm: band and DJ arrive and set up.
6.30pm: acoustic guitarist starts, day guests begin to filter back down.
7pm: evening guests started to arrive.
7.50pm: cut the cake
8pm: first dance and band starts
1am: music finishes.
Thoughts? I’m concerned we haven’t allowed enough time for the wedding breakfast, but we’re tight. An earlier ceremony wasn’t an option (1pm is the earliest they do) and I’m conscious of allowing enough time for photos and also for us to speak to guests before the meal. Speeches def won’t drag on: my OH’s MOH’s and best man’s will be approx 2 mins each (MOH is doing a poem; OH and best man are very nervous so keeping it very short and sweet), and my dad’s likely longer at prob 5 minutes or so. I’ve just seen sources elsewhere saying to allow 3 hours which seems crazy to me!
Any help much appreciated!