Post # 1
Just hoping SOMEONE might be have a similar schedule….
This is kinda sorta our timeline
Ceremony 2:30 – 3:30 (catholic mass)
cocktail reception 3:45-4:45
Grand Entrance and introductions 5:15-5:30
THEN WHAT??? I’m sure if I want to serve dinner right away but what do we do in the mean time? Is it ok to do the Dances that early? We only have our venue till 9pm.
Post # 3
I have been to many weddings where right after they introduce everyone (Bride and Groom last) the Bride and Groom go right into their first dance. Then you can go serve dinner eat, then start father daughter dance and other special dances.
Post # 4
Are you seeing your groom before the ceremony? IME and in knowing a few photographers, they will tell you that 2.5 hours for pictures before the ceremony is A LOT of time and they will not need that much unless you are including getting ready pictures in that time. Will you be taking more pictures during the cocktail reception or will you be joining?
I agree with wubz about having your first dance after being introduced as well. Another option is directly seat yourselves and have the host or parents make a welcoming speech. If you are having a multi-course sit-down meal, you can do Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man speeches in between courses and after that you can do the first dance, then the mother/son father/daughter ones to open the dance floor right before cake cutting and dessert.
Post # 5
the 2.5 hours is my safety, my BMs have a habit of being late, this way they’ll make it on time for sure. We would like to take as many pictures as possible in that time.
Thanks for feedback!
Post # 6
I think it’s fine to have the dances right after the introduction. Some people do this anyway to get the most out of their photography time too. You may just want to somehow communicate to your guests at what point the floor is open for dancing, if you have the different special dances at different points during the night.
Also, I don’t think 2.5 hours is too long for photos. We had a similar amount of time….1 hr for bride&groom photos alone, and 1.5 hrs for all the family/wp pictures, and it ended up working really well. We had a lot of family to take pictures of, and all the groupings took awhile to get organized (and we were able to take some fun ones with a little extra time).