Wedding Day Schedule

posted 2 years ago in Traditions
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Our ceremony started at 4pm, which is pretty standard where I am from (I don’t think I have ever attended a wedding that hasn’t started at 4pm now I think of it). It went for about 30 minutes, then we had 30 minutes to quickly mingle with some guests and grab some group photos. At 5pm our cocktail hour commenced for the guests whilst we went off to do more photos with our bridal party. Our reception started at 6pm and finished at 11pm. All of this seems to be pretty standard where I am from.

ETA: You could always ask your venue what sort of schedule they typically run to. Our venue actually provided us with the schedule they usually follow when we booked – we made one change (adding half an hour onto the cocktail hour so that it actually ran for a full hour) and I got the impression this is not an odd request for them.

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Our wedding is at  2:00pm probably 30 minutes, the catering will be there at 3 or 4pm. We’ll take photos right after the ceremony and everyone ca mingle and have a drink and appetizers. Then our first dance and then dinner(a buffet). 

We rented a cottage for the week so everyone can stay as long as they want. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Our ceremony is at 4:45PM. 6PM dinner, 11:30 Alcohol last call, Midnight reception ends.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2018

JessieFay13 :  Sounds really beautiful Jessie. When did you get married?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I had 4 BM’s and we all had to be ready for 7am to have our hair and makeup done for the ceremony at 2pm(my mother had her makeup done as well) (in hindsight I would’ve slept in because they did me last). Ceremony (catholic church wedding) was about an hour. By 3:30 we were getting our photos done. Reception started at 5:30, last call 1:00am.

Dinner was served around 6:15 and after that we had our “midnight buffet” around 11:30.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

JessieFay13 :  that sounds pretty much exactly like the times I’m planning mine! Good to hear 1 hour was enough for ceremony and group photos? What did your ceremony entail, was it fairly short and simple?

The reception venue is literally upstairs from the ceremony venue and they offer 5 hour drinks packages. I wanted the 5 hrs to start from 5:30 (give them half an hour to make their way to the reception). But that would mean potentially there’s a 30 min gap between the ceremony and reception (cocktail style) if guests are super efficient in getting to the reception venue lol. Not sure if that’s a good idea. It IS a bar as well but not sure if it’s bad etiquette to expect guests to buy their own drinks for half an hour lol…

Thoughts?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

 

missyjz :  my only thing with this is guests might order a drink and not know they have to pay for it then end up with a bill by surprise 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

deepshika1 :  Haha thank you! We were married not too long ago really – December 2016!

missyjz :  Our ceremony was about 30 minutes, which seems to be the norm where I’m from (based on other weddings I’ve attended). I have attended a couple that were shorter (by maybe about 10/15 minutes) and church ceremonies that were far longer. I wouldn’t have called it a short ceremony but it was fairly simple – we had 4 readings and our celebrant spoke, but we also didn’t do anything overly special (like unity sand or rose ceremony). We also didn’t have a whole lot of group photos – just some with each set of parents and siblings. If you want to do more group photos or a big photo with all the guests you’ll definitely need longer than 30 minutes.

If the reception is literally upstairs from the reception, you’ll find that most guests will drift there pretty quickly. I agree with @ladyvk that I would be worried guests would order a drink before they realise that they have to pay for it. I’m of the opinion that guests shouldn’t have to pay at the reception, so I would probably see if there’s a way to extend your package by 30 minutes so that it can start at 5pm (which is what we did). If your venue says no, I’d probably look into ways to make it clear to guests that cocktail hour doesn’t commence until 5:30pm (maybe a sign on the bar or something?).

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

ladyvk :  JessieFay13 :  Thanks I’ll definitely check with the reception venue to see if they can extend by half an hour!

 

JessieFay13 :  Also glad to hear half an hour is plenty! I’m not planning on having any readings at my ceremony so it will be just the celebrant speaking and vows (potentially our own vows but not sure yet), so sounds like 30 min will definitely be enough!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I had our grandmothers, mothers, 6 bridesmaids, 1 maid of honour and 2 flower girls we all had to have our hair and make up ready by 9 am. Our church ceremony started at 1pm and it was an hour and a half long, then we had pictures and videos taken. 4pm started our cocktail hour, 6 pm was dinner and our reception ended at 2am

Post # 12
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Worker bee

Our 8/18 wedding day looks like:

  • 2:30pm first look photos
  • 3pm ceremony
  • 3:30pm – 4pm cocktail hour, bridal party photos
  • 4pm dinner buffet, music begins
  • 6pm cake & coffee
  • 7pm smores bar
  • 8pm sunset/couple photos
  • 10pm sparkler sendoff

Getting ready, ceremony & reception all in one place so it’s a bit tighter of a schedule. I completely made this timeline up myself, I haven’t been to weddings except my future brother in law’s and it was a ridiculous all day affair. Hopefully my timeline will be good, and if not my day-of coordinator can fix it wink

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020 - Round Rock, TX

veganjenni :  you may want to move your first look photos a little earlier! 30 minutes isn’t very long for the first look, plus usually bride and groom portraits are done then as well.  then you’ll be rushed getting to the ceremony! I would do 1:30 first look, so you can be done at around 2:30 or so.  Then you can have that half hour to relax before the ceremony 🙂

Post # 14
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Worker bee

futureslindy :  The majority of our portraits will be done at the golden hour, we’ll have an hour or more then so I don’t think we need that long for a first look! Plus it’s a very DIY wedding so I’ll probably be super busy all morning and early afternoon decorating, setting up stuff, etc. If I happen to be ready before 2:30pm I’ll maybe take some extra time for the first look photos, but I’m honestly not that into them anyway! My groom isn’t that awstruck by me that I think he’ll even care I’m in a wedding dress all fancied up, so I wouldn’t expect first look photos to be magical for me personally. It’s the family photos and the couples portraits I’m most interested in which I have set aside more than enough time for each.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020 - Round Rock, TX

veganjenni :  sounds like you have a great plan then! congrats on the upcoming wedding embarassed

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