(Closed) Type “A” Personalities, Help w/ a Timeline Dilemma PLEASE

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I just wanted to comment that your mother’s wish to have the ceremony start at 5:30 might be linked to an old tradition of getting married when the hands are traveling "up" the face of the clock rather than "down" (if you started on top of the hour). My mother explained to me that it used to be believed to bring good luck to your marriage if the hands of the clock were traveling up rather than down while you were reciting your vows.

To follow tradition, we’re getting married at 4:30. Would it be possible to push your ceremony an hour earlier? (Just a thought if you wanted to follow the tradition)

Post # 4
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Why don’t you start dancing before serving dinner.

4:30-4:50 ceremony

4:50-5:50 coctails

5:50pm Toasts

6pm First Dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance

6:15 – 7pm Open bar, open dance floor

7pm: first course is served.

9:45 pm DJ calls out for last dance!

Post # 5
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I agree with Chela about starting the dancing before the meal. Are you set on a formal, seated meal, or would you be open to a buffet (or hors d’oeuvres & stations) rather than a plated dinner so that people could choose to dance or eat at their leisure? It might make the structure of your day easier to manage.

Good luck!

Post # 7
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Carrie — It looks like you figured this all out!  Sounds like a perfect evening — and I say yes DEF do the "after party" plan — you dont have to even buy the bottles (dont worry people will still be willing to party without you paying the bill) — my brother and SIL still say that was the best part of their wedding! 🙂   Have fun.

Post # 8
372 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

How big is your wedding?  Are you doing a seated dinner or buffet?  and how many courses? If it’s small it is possible to feed people in 45 but if you’re over 75 it is unlikely.  If you were thinking of serving multiple courses you could either combine courses (app and salad on one plate) or cut a course to shorten dinner.  Also, it is unlikely (unless your group is small) if you call for dinner at 6:50 that you’ll be able to start serving at 7.  You might start calling at 6:45 or even 6:40 if your wedding list is large.  (maybe give your mom a heads up about this)  Hope this helps!! 

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