Post # 1
I always run behind so I wanted buffer but any experienced bees out there or opinions on actual timeline.
this is Vegas btw
10am-12pm breakfast w mom/sis/bm and take a shower
12 pm go to salon ( in same hotel we are eating/ getting married) nails, hair and makeup.
3- 330pm back to room to get all dressed ( take a few photos- nothing major)
430 pm need to be at bridal waiting room
5pm ceremony ( should be maybe 1/2 hour at most) and then photos with immediate party/family after.
* here’s where it gets more tricky- guests should then head to dinner reception? ( we have 3 hours for rented private room at restaurant. So guests could head there (still in same hotel… Trying to keep everything parisian themed) but put 6 pm reception and they can have appetizers and cocktails while we go take pictures around resort ( Eiffel Tower etc… ) and meet them around 7 pm for seated dinner and cake cutting ( the last two hours)
i think if you are in Vegas… Dressed for awedding and ready to be out for the evening then they could definitely explore for more than a half hour if I wanted to put dinner reception at 6:30 or 7? Or Is that too long between ceremony and dinner? Ugh I don’t know. This is 30 people max btw
I am also considering photog for additional 4 hours ( right now only have ceremony and family party photog. I was thinking they could be there from 4-8 and get “getting ready, regular guest shots, us around resort, gambling in wedding garb, and part of dinner- cake cutting- group picture.
I plan on having my photog sister there and give my mom/ or guest my good camera so I’m not worried about photos but I am worried about timing or guests being hungry …
I also think 3 hours is more than enough time for cocktail hour and dinner. No dancing there it is truly us all meeting for a nice dinner and dessert will be our cake for traditional something.
Any ideas? Experience? Suggestions?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
If guests are able to have cocktails and snacks during the time between the ceremony and reception, I don’t see a problem with having it at 6:30 or 7. I do believe there’s a lot to see in Vegas but 1 – 1.5 hours isn’t going to be a lot of time to really do anything for your guests. I’d hate for them to go get wrapped up in something and then be late for the reception! So I personally would make sure they were entertained at the reception area with light food and drinks.
Post # 4
@LMD: yes- i def do not want them to be late but thinking the hotel itself is amazing and people could play slots etc…we only have 3 hours ( total) so if they head straight over then we only have max 1 hour for pics. If we say later for reception on invite then they couldn’t get in to private room( where the cocktail hour would be as well) until the time listed. So I don’t know if it would be rude to have them wander gamble a little while longer or ??? Just feed them right away and we just need to hurry
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
Oh! I didn’t realize your hotel had things like gambling and, I presume, shows and other forms of entertainment. Then I would say it’s absolutly okay to have a 1.5-2hr gap. 🙂 Plus they could always go back to their rooms in the hotel and freshen up!
Post # 6
I would say the gap is absolutely ok! There will probably be an hour gap between my ceremony and reception, and definitely not so much to do in the suburbs! We have a ton of out of town guests, so this would give them time to refresh at the hotel, and our reception is probably a good 25 minutes away. Most guests are unfamiliar with the area, so we didn’t want to make them feel like they had to rush out of the ceremony to try to find the reception cite. Our reception is the top floor of a restaurant- so we further justified it because we would be perfectly fine going early and ordering a drink at the restaurant while we wait (I’ve been to many weddings with a gap with literally no where to go). I would say because it is Vegas with tons of things to do, most guests would actually appreciate the gap. They could go into the casino for a bit, or freshen up in their room.