(Closed) Wedding Day Timeline–what do you think? Any advice?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
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  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee

    @Jenny7568:  I think it looks very organized and clear.

    I do think you need to add in a little bit more buffer time for all the activies falling after the ceremony.  People will want to stop and offer congratulations, say hi and right now you will have to rush and wont’ be even able to stop for a minute to say hello. 

    I think there also needs to be time to get things organized.  Like getting all the parents together to get into the receiving line.  It will take a minute or two (or 10) to get any group of people to do anything.

    Also, I don’t know how many guests you have, but my experience with receiving lines is that they take more then 15 minutes.  If you have less then 30 guests, it may be possible, but would still be rushed. 

    The dinner time is also very short.  1 hour to serve, clear, and have guests eat is very short. 

    You also need some kind of bathroom break, touch up your makeup, spend 5 minutes with your groom time.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Two hours for cocktails between the ceremony and reception seems long.  We are hoping to keep ours to an hour in between. Keep in mind you don’t have to do a receiving line.  Personally if I was a guest at a wedding that large I would rather congratulate the couple at the reception then stand in line for 45 minutes to speak to them.  As a bride, I want to see my husband after the ceremony and enjoy the moment so we are skipping this tradition.  Also you and the rest of the wedding party will have had a long day.  Not being able to start eating until after 7 will seem like a very long time to some people.  

    What type of dinner are you doing plated or buffet?  I’ve been to several where the bride and groom cut the cake when they entered the reception, and the staff passed out dinner plates at the same time.  They then sat down, and toasts where given throughout the meal.  Then when the bride and groom finished eating they could do the first dance .  You could also do the first dance when entering the reception at 7, and then cut the cake and then eat.  Save the other dances for when dinner finish up to get people back on the dance floor.

    Another option is let the guests start eating earlier but have the caterer reserve plates for you.  Come into the reception as guests are already seated/eating.  Again do the first dance, cut cake and then go to eat. The guests are all seated and relaxed so they will be focused on you and what you are doing.  The longer you wait for cake cutting etc, the more guests that will be in the bathroom, outside have a smoke etc.  This way you get the traditional stuff done and can enjoy the rest of the evening without worrying about where is the photographer and the groom is, its time for …

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Just a thought to do the first dance right after you enter the reception since you will most likely be walking towards the center of the room. We did that and it just flowed into the first dance.

    Also, figure that it will take a lot longer than you think to bustle your dress. We were late walking in because of it.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Can we get an updated timeline to look at?

    Post # 10
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I think you need more time for the receiving line and less for the formal portraits. I’m not sure why that’s an hour and a half. You really only need an hour, and then your guests aren’t waiting an hour and 50 minutes for you.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would move your hair appointment up to 11:00 am so that you have more time to get ready. You might not think you need it now, but things will end up taking longer than you expect.

    I agree with the others that a receiving line for 150 people is going to take a while.

    For example 150 people x 20 seconds per person = 50 minutes. Plus you, your fiance, and your parents may be in a little bit of a daze.

    Is the group photo outside for all of the guests or all of the important people?

    If it’s for all of the guests then I would have the officiant make an announcement after you have walked back down the aisle to gather outside for the photo. Then, after the photo you form the receiving line; after guests speak with you they can go to the cocktail hour. Otherwise everyone has to wait at the church while you go through the entire receiving line and then take the picture before they can leave.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    i know this may seem like I’m overstepping my bounds, but when you shower, don’t wash your hair.  My hair girl said it’s easier to work with and will actually look better if you don’t wash it the day of the wedding….just a thought.

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