(Closed) Timeline conundrum – please help!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I’m with the caterer.

(Small font)

“due to unforseen circumstances”

(big font) 

“cocktail hour”

(small font) 

“will now start at”

(Big font)


(Tiny font)

“sorry for any inconvenience caused”


last line one isn’t really necessary at all.

i also don’t like first look photos, would want church photos, family and couple photos. You’ve paid a hell of a lot to loose out (my friend didn’t have the right one of her and her mum because they were rushed)

hope this helps!


ps you could put a mini version in your program. Good idea.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by kannj2007.
Post # 3
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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MissAmethyst:  how many guests do you have? Is 15 min enough to get them through the receiving line?

dont do first look pics if you don’t want them. I would keep the church photos too.

i think you could push back cocktail hour… Or do you have the option of breaking the booze out at 4:30 and starting the apps at 5? People are always fine as long as they have booze.

if it were me and I were going to change cocktail hour to 5 I would just put it in the church program. “you are invited to join us for a reception at 5” and leave it at that, not indicate there was a change… most people will just be like, oh ok, and some will say “wasn’t it supposed to start at 4:30? Oh well!” No biggie.

also, I’ve been to many weddings (including mine!) where the couple slips away during the reception to get sunset pics. That’s what we did. Here’s how my timeline looked:

-ceremony 3:30-4:15

-4:15-4:30 pics at church (this did not take long at all for us)

-4:30-4:50 – travel to reception

-4:45 – food/drinks open for guests

4:50-5:10 – pics with bridal party at reception

5:10-5:30- bride/groom pics

5:30- first dance etc

6:30ish – quick bride and groom sunset pics 

that gave us some more time for pics and no one was waiting on us.

we took as many pics as we could BEFORE the ceremony… All of just the bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, etc. Basically any pic that did not include me and DH at the same time. And it worked out well for us. Good luck!

Post # 4
3817 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

Would it be possible to do the photos that didn’t include you and your FH together before the ceremony, and the ones including you both afterwards?  You can get a ton of photos out of the way that way and still avoid seeing each other all decked out before the wedding gets started.

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