(Closed) Wedding Day “timeline” help?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Honey bee

@LoveMySailor1018: I don’t think 30 minutes is enough time for pictures. I would give yourself at least an hour, maybe 1.5 hours.

What about this:

Ceremony: 3:30-4:15

Cocktail hour: 4:30-6:00

Reception: 6:00 on

That gives you enough time for pictures (assuming you stay in the area and don’t have to travel far), and you might even get to join the last few minutes of cocktail hour.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

Well your reception venue is 15 miles away, so by the time people get to their cars, drive there, find parking, it will be 4:30-5:00. So cocktail hour will be either 1 or 1.5 hours.

I’m assuming your cocktail hour and reception are in the same spot, right? Why not just write “cocktail hour and reception immediately to follow”.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mine is all happening in the same place (a historic hotel) – Smaller ballroom for ceremony, balcony for cocktails, bigger ballroom for reception. We also want to do a first look, so we don’t have our guests sitting around doing nothing while we are taking pics. And I of course want to be able to enjoy cocktail hour in our little private suite!

4 pm ceremony (not sure if we will be starting at 4 or 4:15, but this should be ~30 mins)

5 pm – 6 pm cocktails

6 pm – 11 pm reception 

 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@LoveMySailor1018: to determine the length of your cocktail hour,  i would check with your photographer to find out how much time they will need to take the pictures you will be requesting.  it will depend on the size of wedding party and number of family members.  (more people = more time needed)

i agree with bostongrl25.  have “cocktails and reception immediately to follow”.  as for the cocktail hour, i would suggest a few nibbles for your guests.  veggie platter, cheese platter or something passed.  if this wasn’t originally in your wedding budget, check with your caterer for some suggestions on budget-friendly hors d’ouvres.  to drink, punches are budget-friendly as well.

congratulations and good luck!!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@LoveMySailor1018:  when I talked to my photographer, they told me pictures would take about 2.5 hours! I don’t want my guests to be bored. Luckily, they’ll be able to check into the hotel, eat some snacks, enjoy a drink or two (no alcohol at this point), check out the museum (on site) and the waterfalls (on site as well!) so, I hope they can keep themselves entertained a bit. We’ll set up some lawn games, too!

I don’t think half an hour will be enough time for photos (like preveiously mentioned). I would ask your photographer! 🙂 Good luck!

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