(Closed) Wedding timeline…thoughts?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: When should we close the bar?
    Keep the timeline as is : (0 votes)
    Open up the dance floor at 9:20 p.m., close the bar at 11:30 p.m. : (1 votes)
    9 %
    Open up the dance floor early, at 9 p.m., close the bar at 11:00 p.m. : (6 votes)
    55 %
    I have a better idea...(comments below) : (4 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 4
    3731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @seattlefashionista:  Why is it taking 2 hrs 20 mins to open the dance floor once dinner starts? I would definitely open the dance floor asap. As a guest, that shit gets boring quick.

    ETA: I just re-read your post. Do you really need 50 mins for toasts? That seems excessive. You can do some toasts while guests are still eating or in between courses.

    Post # 5
    64 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I agree – open up that dance floor earlier (if possible). Some guests will want to dance rather than waiting that late to party 🙂

    Post # 7
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I recently went to a wedding where the dance floor didn’t open until 10:00 pm, after hours of toasts. My Fiance and I seriously considered sneaking out because we were so bored. I say open the dance floor earlier if you can. I would try and either cut back on the toasts, or fit some of them in while people are eating.

    Post # 8
    8694 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    open the dance floor early.

    i went to a wedding on saturday, the bride and groom weren’t introduced until we had been sitting for almost 30 minutes, then we had to listen to all the speeches, toasts, first dance, etc, eat our dinner, and then finaly we were able to dance.  i like dancing intersperced between all the events.

    ours starts a little later than yours, but our rough draft time line looks like this:

    6:15 – pre ceremony rituals
    6:30 – ceremony starts
    7:00 – cocktail hour begins
    7:55 – guests star getting ushered to reception
    8:05 – wedding party introductions
    8:10 – first dance
    8:15 – mother/daughter dance
    8:20 – general dancing begins
    8:35 – blessing/salads served
    8:40 – welcome speech by MOB, Maid/Matron of Honor toast, Bridesmaid or Best Man toast
    9:00 – mother/son dance
    9:05 – dancing resumes
    9:25 – dinner served
    10:00 – hora then regular dancing resumes
    10:30 – anniversary dance
    10:35 – cake cutting
    10:40 – dancing resumes
    11:50 – last slow dance
    11:55 – last fast dance

    Post # 10
    8694 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @seattlefashionista:  thank you! Fiance did our timeline. 

    i was a little concerned dinner was too late for ours but i think it will work out fine.

    Post # 11
    6113 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @seattlefashionista:  I took the advice of the bees and this is our timeline. My wedding starts at 4:30 and ends at 10 but you get the idea…


    4:00 Prelude Music

    4:25 Seating of the Mothers

    *ceremony begins*

    4:30 Groomsmen & Groom enter

    4:30 Bridesmaid enter

    4:30 Bride enter

    4:55 Recessional

    5:00 Cocktail Hour Starts

    5:50 Reception Hall Opens

    6:00 Grand Entrance

    6:05 First Dance

    6:10 Cake Cutting & Toasts

                – Best Man, Maid of Honor, FOB

    6:25 Blessing

    6:30 Dinner begins

    7:30 Formal Dances

                – father/daughter and mother/son

    7:40 Open Dance Floor

    9:00 Bouquet & Garter

    9:45 Grand Finale

    10:00 End


    *WeddingBee hates me. This was in a nice format and now it’s all huge and spaced out*


    Post # 12
    3731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @ajillity81:  We are compressing our schedule similar to you. We are having speeches, toasts and some dances in between courses. We may even cut the cake before dinner so that it can be served immediately following the feast.

    Post # 13
    3340 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    You don’t need to close the bar until 30 mins before the end.  Also, you can do toasts whenever.  We did it immediately after being announced and walking into the reception (so right after cocktail hour).

    Post # 14
    2625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Why do you open the dance floor up at 7:30?

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