Post # 1
My wedding timeline looks generally like:
5:23 – Ceremony
5:45 – Big group picture after ceremony (I am doing first look pictures & family portraits before the wedding but I want one big shot of the whole group – I figure after the ceremony everyone is already in a group and it is easy enough to assemble a big group to snap a few pics before going to cocktail hour)
6:00 – Cocktail Hour Starts
7:00 – Head inside for dinner
7:15 – Initial toast + blessing, dinner is served
Toasts once everyone is served (dinner is being served family style)
8:15 – First dance (and parent/child dances if we do them)
9:00 – Cake cutting
10:00 – “Grand’ exit (venue requires that music & alcohol stop)
Are toasts during dinner okay or should I schedule a seperate time from them and cut away time from dancing/cocktail hour?
Post # 3
Are you doing a full-course meal? Generally, over in the parts I’m from anyway, the toasts and B&G speech are done right after dinner, while dessert is being served/eaten. That way, everyone can properly listen to the speeches without being distracted by eating an actual meal with all the sounds that come along with it. As well, it doesn’t interrupt the people making the speeches from eating their meal and letting it get cold (and possibly having food stuck in places they wouldn’t want it while everyone is looking at them).
Is that a possibilty? Also, how many speeches are you planning? If you’re only doing a B&G toast and the Thank You speech, it shouldn’t take super long, anyway.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We had cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and then a 4 course meal. After everyone was seated at the table, but before the first course was served, Mr. LK gave our welcome speech. Between the 1st and 2nd course my Maid/Matron of Honor and Mr. LK’s best man gave their speeches. Between the second and third course, my Dad and Mr. LK’s Aunt gave their speech. And between the 3rd and 4th course Teen LK gave his speech (and brought the house down. Evev the wait staff were crying). Spreading the speeches out really worked well for us. Everyone was getting food and drinks on a constant basis, and no one had to sit and listen to a single long block of speeches.