(Closed) Timeline critic

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@wisher558:  For the most part it looks good.  Not so sure about the timing for dinner though.  Only half an hour seems a little short?  Also, are you doing any speeches? toasts?

Post # 4
975 posts
Busy bee

Plan for dinner to be at least 30-60 minutes – Caterers sometimes run slow and ….are you having toasts before dinner?  That usually takes longer than expected.  Someone usually speaks WAY too long.


  • 3:30ish-Family pics
  • 4:30ish-Travel to covered bridge for pictures

Family formals usually takes about 15-20  minutes. You have an hour for this. That’s way too long.  Bridge for pictures you only have 20 minutes. You’ll want more time for pictures at the bridge.

(i’m a photographer btw)

Post # 6
975 posts
Busy bee

@wisher558:  That’s totally up to your photographer then. I fly through formals.,…less time the better plus we usually have to be out of a church by a certain time for evening mass.  I usually go over the timeline with my clients about a month to two weeks prior to the wedding. I photograph at least 20 a summer, they get married once, so I’m pretty used to a timeline and helping them with their day.

Post # 8
2637 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If your photographer is *efficient,* and you are able to be efficient (eg, making sure everyone knows EXACTLY when they are expected to be where for the large family pictures,) then I think you could shorten the pre-wedding and family picture stuff. Like already mentioned, 30 minutes for dinner seems short. You’r going to have to check with your caterer to see if that’s possible. (Enough servers or buffet lines for your amount of people? That is what will slow it down. Most people have no trouble only taking 12 minutes to put food in their mouth, but it’s the waiting and organization that adds time.)

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