Post # 1
Can I have a critique of my timeline? A little bit of background: I have three different photographers (2 pro shooters, and a friend of mine who is trying to build her portfolio) and the pros will only be shooting for three hours. My friend will cover the getting ready and the stuff afterward. I’m trying to make sure I get the most out of those three hours. Also, I’m not having dancing at my wedding, so I’m planning for it to be shorter. Any suggestions are welcome.
1pm-4pm: getting ready, etc
4pm-pro photographers come, get a few pictures of me in my dress and with the bridal party, the other shooter can do the same for my FI
4:45-5: travel to reception
5pm-6: cocktail hour for guests, pictures for bride and groom
6pm-enter the reception, make a few toasts
6:30-7:30: dinner, dessert (not cake), and mingling (photographers leave at 7 and friend takes over)
7:45-Cut and serve cake
8:15-have grand exit
We have the place booked til 9, so we imagine the extra 45 minutes can be for lingering guests.
Post # 3
I’m assuming your getting ready at the place you are having the ceremony. If not you need to add time to get to the ceremony after you get ready. I think I would move the cake cutting- do it right after or before the toasts so the pro photographers could get shots of it. You don’t have to serve the cake then, just do the ceremonial picture thing, and have a friend or staff from the venue slice and serve it to the guests later on.
The only other thing I would worry about is your time for dinner. You don’t mention how many guests you are having, but an hour for everyone to be served and eat dinner seems really short. I would up that to 1 1/2 – 2 hours depending on how many people you have and whether you are doing buffet or plated.
I also think some guests might be upset they don’t get to talk to you. You’re timeline doesn’t allow you much time to socialize and hang out with guests. You don’t have to do formal recieving lines anymore, but I would try to allow some time to move around the reception and say hello to all your guests.
Post # 4
We are having about 60 guests and were planning to visit during the dinner hour. My timeline feels a little rushed to me but I’ve had a lot of people tell me I can’t make my reception last more than an hour or two without any dancing! So I was trying to fit everything in before people left.
Post # 5
I worked at a catering/fine dining restaurant for 5 years. If you manage to feed 60 people in an hour I would be shocked. I would go ahead and allow 2hours for this, which is plenty of time to go around to the tables and talk to people as well. Other then that I think everything should go smoothly.
Post # 6