- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
After a few months of pretty frantic Googling, we’ve finally found our reception venue as well as our photographer. That means that now we actually have to figure out the timeline for the day, which I have NO idea how to estimate. The ceremony will be in our church at 11 am, and we’re thinking that it will last around 30-45 minutes. The reception will be at a country club 10-15 minutes away, and we were planning on that starting at 1 pm. We won’t have alcohol or dancing at our reception; it will just be a nice, casual yet elegant luncheon with our dear family and friends (around 200 guests).
So, my questions are:
1. Will one hour between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception be enough? We’re doing a very small cocktail hour – no cocktails, obviously, but our meal package includes passed hors d’ouvres, so I suppose we’ll have those served during that time before the meal starts. I don’t want the lunch to start later than 1:00, so if we need to move the ceremony up to 10:30 to have more time between the two then I guess we could do that (we haven’t officially booked anything with our church yet).
2. How long will the reception last? This is especially where the photographer comes in – I need to know how long to book her so that I can make sure we get pictures of the exit. She suggested having having her there from 9:30 or 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Will the reception really last 3 hours? I don’t want to underestimate it, but I also don’t want to make people drag out a 3-hour lunch just because I paid for it.
3. When should I have the photographer get there? As I mentioned above, our photog had suggested having her arrive around 9:30 or 10, to get pictures of us getting ready before our 11:00 ceremony. However, we were also going to try and get as many “group” photographs as we can before the ceremony starts, so that we wouldn’t be in such a rush afterwards. Would an hour and a half be long enough for all of this? We would probably just do my maids, his men, and maybe some parent pictures if time allowed – the “official” wedding people, without the two of us in the same picture together. The rest we would do afterwards, as usual.
I would appreciate any personal experiences y’all can share, as well as your plans for your own wedding! PLEASE help, I am so clueless!