(Closed) Timeline for Friday night wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ohhh Ohhh me!!!!  Yaayy, Friday!!!  My big day is 7/22/11.  Here’s my first attempt at a timeline….

7:00pm: Ceremony Begins

7:30 pm: Ceremony Ends, Cocktail Hour Begins
We will use this time to take formal photographs while our guests enjoy cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. (not much time is needed here for formal pics((20 mins)). we aren’t having a wedding party and I don’t want many posed pics. just me and FI; Fiance and his fam; me and my fam; me, Fiance, and our daughter; and a few of Fiance and I outside)

7:50 pm: Bride and Groom are announced and re-enter the reception area after formal pics. We’ll enjoy a couple cocktails and hor’dourves.

8 pm: Dinner…An announcement will be made that the buffet is open.

8:30 pm Welcome and Speeches During dinner. Hopefully all guests are seated and have started to dine.

9:00 pm Dance floor is open (huge surprise for my now HUBBY and all my guests. hope I can pull it off!!!)

9:30 pm Cake Cutting and dessert. Champagne Toast will also happen here.

9:45 pm Garter toss and Bride and Groom shoe game (thanks fellow WBC bride “JustAboutWright”!!!) while guests have cake and desserts

10 pm Dance floor is re-open

10:45 pm Last call at the bar (for the safety of my guests. no drinking and driving!!)

12 am Wedding ends…HONEYMOON STARTS (Tee hee)!!!!

Post # 4
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@katieebee:  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! We are also having a Friday wedding and I have been toiling over the timeline! I wasn’t sure if 8:00 was too late to serve dinner, but I suppose if folks know ahead of time that dinner will be late they can hopefully eat a late lunch.  I feel better now!

Post # 5
10 posts

We’re doing 7:45 dinner after 5:30 ceremony on Friday.  First Look and all pictures before the ceremony. 

Post # 7
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our Friday evening wedding timeline….

3:00-3:30 – Grooms family pics
3:30-3:45 – Bride getting ready pics
3:45-4:15 – Brides family pics
4:15-4:45 – First Look (private)
4:45-5:15 – All bridal party and immediate families pics
5:15-5:30 – Drink a mimosa and try not to panic!
5:30-5:45 – Ceremony (ceremony space is booked until 6 but our ceremony won’t last that long)
5:45-6:00 – Receiving Line
6:00-7:00 – Extended family pics (should only last 15 mins or so) and Cocktail hour
7:00-7:15 – Bridal Party entrance and first dance
7:15-8:00 – Dinner
8:00-8:30 – Dancing
8:30-9:00 – Cake cutting, parent dance & anniversary dance
9:00-11:00 – Partay!

 As you can tell, I’m a little nutty when it comes to timelines. Every minute needs to be accounted for even though I’m sure some things will run short/long. 

@weddingdiva-in-training: The shoe game is pretty simple. Basically the bride and groom sit back to back holding one of each shoe. Someone will ask questions and the B&G will raise the shoe of the person who they think the question best applies to. Like… “who will take out the garbage?” for example. It seems like a lot of couples do this game instead of the bouquet/garter toss. 

Post # 8
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am also getting married on a Friday evening with the ceremony starting at 6pm. What time is everyone going to start getting ready for their Friday night wedding? I am wondering what time to book hair and makeup! 

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