(Closed) Venue timeline questions….please help!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ours is quite short but we aren’t doing a full dinner or the normal dancing/garter/bouquet/slideshow/etc. Our ceremony and reception are also at the same place though.

Our ceremony starts at 2 over by 2:30.
Pictures and then up to the reception by 3.
While we’re doing pictures guests will be doing our tree fingerprint guest book and leaving wishes on our wishing tree, and drinks will be available.
At 3 the buffet will be open, we’ll have a few speeches, then live music and some fun stuff (DIY photo “booth”, trivia type game, maybe some other games or activities led by our emcee).
After a bit of live music (provided by some extremely talented friends) we’ll transition to ipod/CD music (still haven’t figured out how it’s set up).
At around 4 we’ll do cupcakes. Still haven’t decided if we’ll do a cake cutting.
Then new hubby and I will go around to the tables and/or mingle around and make sure we talk to everyone.
Then we’ll just enjoy ourselves for an hour or so more.
Fiance insists he wants to be out of there by 5, but I’m thinking it’ll be more like 5:30 or 6.

Don’t know how helpful that is since ours is less traditional, but anyway. 😀

Post # 4
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ours is 6:30 – 11:30…so same length of time as yours. I hired a DOC to make sure everything stays on time and runs smoothly. I think 5 hours is ample time for a wedding. 🙂

I think we’re planning on having a little after party at the local hotel that our guests are staying at. Maybe you can keep that in mind if you are worried it will be too short.

Post # 6
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

5 hours is pretty standard for a wedding reception – and usually you only get an additional half hour if you’re also doing the ceremony at the reception venue, so I think you’ll be fine 🙂

Post # 7
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

There was no time limit on ours, so it’s 6 hours, but that includes a half hour for moseying from the cocktail site to the reception site (only a 6 minute walk in reality).  I think 5 hours can work if your ceremony isn’t too long, but I hope they’re not going to charge you if you run over by a minute.

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