Post # 1
I need some help figuring out the timeline for our wedding. Originally, we were going to do a cocktail style reception but as of this morning (after talking with my parents, who are paying, and FI) we have decided to do dinner. Instead of a buffet or served meal there will be several different stations set up in the venue space – 2 carving stations, a theme station, and a make-your-own risotto bar. I’m hoping this will help dinner go a little faster by cutting down on the time spent in line. Anyway, this is the timeline I’ve come up with:
5:15 – Wedding Party/Family Pictures
5:45 – First Look
6:30 – Ceremony Start Time
7:00 – Cocktail Hour
7:45 – Bridal Party & Newlyweds Introduced
8:00 – Dinner Begins
8:10 – Toasts during dinner
9:00 – First Dance & Dance Floor Opens
9:45 – Cut the Cake
10:55 – Last Dance
Is this realistic or is everything going to feel really rushed? We could add another hour but the venue would charge us an additional $500 plus another $100 for the DJ and I’d like to avoid that. I’m also not really sure when you are supposed to cut the cake, it seemed like most of the examples I looked at had the cake cutting after the dancing had started, but would it be weird to cut the cake before the first dance, right after dinner?
ETA: The ceremony start time can not be moved, the venue requires that we start at 6:30.
This topic was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by hikingbride.
Post # 2
A few things –
you’ll want more time than an hour for pictures.
Your cocktail hour isn’t an hour.
An hour for dinner? Do you really need 50 minutes for toasts? I would get quite bored as a guest. And then with the first dance at 9, it’s like an hour fifteen minutes between dinner and dancing.
I’d suggest doing the cake mid way through dancing like you have it. I think that timing is fine.
Post # 3
I’m not planning 50 minutes for toasts, I just meant we’ll do toasts during dinner while guests are eating. I didn’t think they needed to be a whole seperate event.
Post # 4
I think it is fine, I don’t see a need for the cocktail hour to go a full hour.
Post # 5
I think the actual wedding timeline looks great, +1 though for there not being enough time before hand for pictures. There’s so much that goes on that slows the photo taking down, I’d give more time if possible so that you don’t miss out on shots you really wanted.
Post # 6
I’d push back your toast time 8:45. You could always start earlier, but you don’t want people to still be getting food when the toasts start.
Post # 7
Ditto needing more time for pictures.
I’m assuming the ceremony and reception are close by, but the timeline might be a little tight if you have elderly relatives or friends/family with disabilities that need extra time to move between spaces.
Post # 8
The ceremony and reception are at the same location. They are probably less than 50 ft from each other.
I guess I thought an hour for pictures was typical. We aren’t planning on doing many of the traditional posed pictures. How long do pictures typically take?
Pushing the toasts back makes sense, it would be weird if people were still getting food.
Post # 9
We’ve planned out like 30 minutes for pictures with my Fiance and I and an hour for family pictures. You have to factor in the time it takes to get people in and out of the frame and posed.
Post # 10
I would give your photographer an exact list of posed pix to be taken, and ask him/her how much time it will take.