Post # 1
Was wondering if you could share your timeline with me. I started one just for fun and it seems like the reception is just packed with too many things! I would like more time for dancing, but do not know where to cut.I wish the venue would let me start the ceremony earlier but they won /:
Anyway here’s my draft timeline
5:30pm- 6pm Ceremony
6pm-7:30pm Mariachi plays
6:15pm-7pm Cocktail Reception (wedding party take photos)
7:15pm-7:30pm Wedding Party and B&G Entrance
7:30-7:45pm First Dance
7:45pm-8:45pm Dinner Hour
8:15pm-8:45pm B&G walk to tables
9:15pm-9:30pm Japanese Drummers
9:30pm-9:45pm Cake Cutting & Serving
9:45pm-10pm B&G Thank you speech
10pm-10:30pm Dollar Dance
10:30pm- 11pm Dancing
11pm-11:15pm Garter Toss & Bouquet Toss
Post # 3
Yay! I have a mariachi band too!
Our toasts will be during dinner. I think many of the items on your list won’t really take as long as you’ve allotted for them. 15 minutes for the first dance? 15 minutes of toasts? 30 minutes for the dollar dance? (Well I suppose that’s possible, and you’d be quite rich afterward!)
My timeline isn’t as granular, but it goes something like this:
2:00-4:00 gap for pictures, travel, Out of Town guests to check into hotels
4:00 reception starts, bar opens, Mariachi band sings
5:00 bridal party makes grand entrance
5:25 cut the cake (to be plated by staff while we eat)
5:30 dinner (toasts happen during dinner), Mariachi band sings to each table
6:30 first dance, father-daughter dance, etc etc
6:45 dance floor opens
8:00-ish (or whenever the DJ gets around to it) bouquet and garter tosses
Post # 4
Here is the timeline that my venue wrote up for me. I will probably keep everything as is.
2:00 Pre-ceremony Pictures
2:00 Reception Room Ready to Decorate
3:00 Prepare Meadow for ceremony
3:30 Guest anticipated arrival time, bar opens
4:00 Wedding Ceremony
4:30 Appetizers/Cocktails for Guests
4:30 Receiving line, post-ceremony pictures
5:30 Private appetizers for Bride and Groom
5:45 Bride and Groom introduced
6:00 Salads & Bread Service Down
6:20 Entrees Served
7:15 Cake Cutting
7:30 First Dance
9:45 Last call at bar
10:00 Personal Item Clean-up of Reception Room(s)-30 min. prior to end
10:20 Dinner to go for Bride and Groom is ready
10:30 – ??? After party next door!
Okay, I added the last one myself.
Post # 6
Maybe shorten the 6pm-7:30pm Mariachi plays, people might start getting antsy. Also, while people are getting seated you could cut your cake, then maybe do the garter/bouquet toss before the dollar dance or after so you can dance through from 11-1!
Good luck! (I haven’t even thought of a timeline yet.. Opps!)
Post # 7
Ya I really want more dancing time! After writing everything down it seems like the wedding is just going to fly by!
What do you guys think about the Japanese drummers? Different? My Fiance is half Japanese and wants them to play for a full 30min during dinner but I think that is just too long!
Good suggestion about the Mariachi problem is is that most bands have a 2hr minimum. I was just thinking having them play during the cocktail reception and grand entrance and then leaving. Plus I really do not want to spend money feeding them, I know that sounds bad but that is an extra 5 plates!!
Post # 8
Ahh, I didn’t think about band minimums.. They’ll get you! You could always have the toasts before dinner, then the time for toasts won’t be determined on when you’re done walking arond talking to all your guests. Then the Japanese drummers can start when you are finishing up your walk arounds. You hav a TON you can play around with.
30 minutes is kind of long for the drummers, I’d get a headache.