(Closed) Wedding Timeline

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
Member
1124 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It looks good but I wonder if you would rather do first dances before dinner.  6 is a early for dinner, will you be serving food at cocktail hour?  Usually the bride and groom enter and go right into their first dance.  Also, we spent more than 3 hours setting up my BILs wedding so I wonder if you want to start at 9.

Post # 3
Member
4 posts
Wannabee

Suggestions: start set up earlier- sometimes venues will agree to let you in 30 minutes earlier than you booked if you ask nicely.

Give yourself more time for hair and make up in case of interupttions. Better to finish early than to still be applying and be behind schedule. You don’t need that extra stress. 

You can do some toasts during dinner- wont kill the momentum of dancing and also people are already sitting.

 

The rest looks good

Post # 5
Member
2180 posts
Buzzing bee

View original reply
ksklemenz96:  I’d consider moving up the toasts and cake cutting. Splitting up the dancing can kill any momentum you gain.

I’d recommend having toasts during dinner and extending your dinner time. Depending on the number of guests, it might take a while to get through the buffet line.

Post # 8
Member
2180 posts
Buzzing bee

View original reply
ksklemenz96:  I would do toasts during dinner and cake cutting right after. I might be biased — that’s how we did it at our wedding.

People will naturally take breaks when dancing to mingle, get a drink, etc. The weddings I’ve been to with dancing have typically had 2-3 hours of dancing with no breaks.

Post # 9
Member
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We’re doing a similair timline for a backyard wedding. Except our ceremony invite is for 4, which I’m now worried is too early??? (i’m expecting the party to go until 12 or later…)

I figured we’d do toasts during dinner. People who are eating are less bored with speeches XD

Post # 12
Member
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Thats all most my time line except we are going to start hair at 11 and last dance is at 9. 

Post # 13
Member
1569 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

My only concern is only allowing an hour for photos with your husband and family. Have you done an engagement shoot yet? Based on how those fly by I can’t imagine only an hour for all the important photos of the wedding day.

Post # 14
Member
1124 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

View original reply
steen425:  She has an hour with her bridal party and then an hour iwth her hubs (cocktail hour)

We DID split up the dancing and it was perfect.  We did a short dance, then dinner, then a long dance with cake in the middle of it.  You don’t want to tire your guests out or risk having them leave early because there is TOO much dancing.  Yes to doing toasts during dinner, but you should let your bridal party eat before your guests, and then when they and you are done and most of the guests have had their plates and seated, do the toasts.  Make sure their plates have been cleared or you will have them in your pictures.  

ETA but if you are not feeding people much before dinner then I guess I wouldn’t want to dance on an empty stomach.  

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by  Washingtonian.
Post # 15
Member
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Is the entire buffet going to shut down at 7, or are you just assuming people will be done eating by then? Depending on how it’s organized there might be long lines at the buffet with 70 people.  You don’t want anyone to feel rushed, so I would have dinner be longer.

The topic ‘Wedding Timeline’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors