(Closed) Wedding Timeline for Ceremony & Reception at same venue

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3297 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

Why is the ceremony at 6:30?

Post # 4
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We have a similar set up. But our wedding starts at 5:30 and we’re stopping everything at 11. We are having a plated dinner. Here is our timeline:

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Guests arriving/Groomsmen
5:15 PM – Music starts
5:20 PM – Groomsmen get lined up to walk out
5:25 PM – Bride/bridesmaids line up and get ready to walk out
5:30 PM – Ceremony starts and groomsmen walk out
5:35 PM: Bridesmaids/bride walk out
6:00 PM – Ceremony ends
6:00 PM – Cocktail reception begins (2)
6:00 PM – Bridal party takes pictures (1)
6:45 PM – Guests start to go upstairs for reception
7:10 PM – All guests seated for reception
7:15 PM – Introduction of bridal party, bride and groom
7:25 PM – First dance
7:30 PM – Longest married couple dance/generation dance
7:35 PM – Table blessing
7:40 PM – Begin food service.
8:15 PM – Toast by the best man and the maid of honor
8:20 PM – Remarks by the bride and groom.
8:25 PM – Mother/Son and Mother/Daughter dances.
8:35 PM – Delta Sweetheart Song
8:50PM – Cake cutting
8:55 PM – Music and entertainment. Dance Floor is open
9:15 PM – Garter and bouquet toss.
10:55 PM – Last Dance
11:00 PM – The reception ends/Exit.

Hope this helps!

Post # 6
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I went to a friend’s wedding with a similar situation. In her case, the ceremony and reception was in the same venue. So during the ceremony, they used the dancefloor space as where they put the chairs and for the guest. After the ceremony, as the guests headed to their tables, the dancefloor was being cleared. 


Anyway, they didn’t bother to have cocktails since it was dinner time anyway. After the couple exited, they opened the buffet right away. So while the guests were lining up and getting food, I think they were doing the pictorials already. They also kept the program basic. The usual toasts, first dance, dance with parents, cake cutting, and garter toss. The bouquet toss was done after the ceremony, just before the bride exited the venue. Then the dance floor was opened. And that was it. 

Post # 8
4804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you would need to do the photos beforehand.

My timeline was kind of similar, my reception started at 6:00 and ended at 10:00 and I included all of the things you mentioned.  But my ceremony had already taken place at 4:30 and then we took photos in between. 

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