Post # 1
SO, I’m a bit stressed out about my Wedding Day timeline. I won’t go through the entire day, but here is the ceremony, photo sessions, and reception timeline below. What I am concerned about is that the reception will be just too short at 4hrs to maybe 4hrs 30 min. I am thinking I should add on an hour. What do YOU think?? How long was or will your reception be?? Would love advice/opinions about this! It’s always appreciated! 🙂
3:30pm Ceremony begins
3:50pm Ceremony ends
3:55pm Family/Bridal party photos begin (not much family or a big bridal party, so will be short)
4:10pm Family/Bridal party photos end
4:15pm Bride/Groom session begins
4:50pm Bride/Groom session ends
5:00pm Introduced as Mr. & Mrs.
I haven’t figured out much after that, BUT we only have the venue under our current contract until 9:30pm. So that would make the reception around 4hr 30 mins IF we are on time with everything before. Would you add on 1 hour for $500??
Thanks for taking the time to read this and reply!! 🙂
Post # 3
Well one thing you should consider is that even if you think the ceremony is only 20 mins, it will probably take a bit longer and most of all it will not start on time. So I’d say your ceremony will be over at 4.
Since you will be taking pictures for so long, are you going to have your guests eat without you? My coordinator HIGHLY reccomended this. Our ceremony will be over at 7:00, then we will take pictures for 45 mins while everyone eats/drinks. She then has a little bit of food set up for us in the bridal room for us to take a few minutes to eat, then we make our enterance, cut the cake, then first dance. I have heard from many poeple to cut the cake right when you get back because a lot of older people will want to leave, and you don’t want to keep them waiting. THEN, anyone who wants to stay and party has a good 3-4 hours for dancing. From what I’ve been told that is plenty, because you will be tired and ready to go but obviously that’s not true for everyone.
Does your venue let you decide day of if you want to pay for the extra hour?
Post # 4
(I just realized you probably won’t want to have them eat without you since it’s so early, but something to consider!)
Post # 5
1- What are the regional customs / family traditions in regards to Weddings ?
Where I am, 9:30 PM and the party hasn’t even gotten started… My first wedding, and I was married at 4 PM and people were still partying well after Midnight (we left at 1 AM, and things were just winding down)
2- What do you have planned for the next day ? Are there a lot of Out of Towners ? Will there be a Brunch or Activities ? Are you leaving / rushing to get to your Honeymoon Destination ?
All of these things play a key role in how long you’ll want the Reception to run.
3- Food can also make a difference… is it a Full-On Reception with a meal, or is it just Cocktails & Nibbles, Cake & Champagne ?
Post # 6
$500 for another hour… wow that is steep. I can add another hour at my reception venue for like $70 so I am was thinking about it. However, my wedding is on Sunday and it ends at 10pm so I think 4 hours will be enough, especially with a ceremony start time of 3pm.
See how you feel about your time (photos might run longer than you expect). If your family loves to party (like fi’s family), then many an extra hour is a good idea. But the trouble is you pay that extra hour and people end up leaving early. If your venue allows you to add the hour at the last minute, then it’s a good idea and you can gauge how the party is.