Post # 1
First off, my ceremony site and reception site are a three minute walk apart. Guests will walk from the ceremony to reception. Plus, I’m thinking about having a first look so we don’t have to spend a ton of time on portraits after the ceremony. Our venue says we have to be all out by 11, that’s why we would be departing at 9:30, so they know they have to get out. Any suggestions? Anything I need to account for?
5:00 pm – ceremony
5:30 – 6:30ish– Cocktail hour
6:30 – 7:30 : first dance, dinner begins
7:30-8:00 : any toasts while people eat?
8:00: cupcakes are served. Dancing begins.
9:30: couple departs.
Post # 3
Looks good to me.
The only thing I would do is check with your photographer to make sure you allow enough time for pictures.
Post # 4
@noritake22: Gotcha 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 5
is the cocktail hour in the same room as the dinner? becuase if not it will take a while for people to get seated..
Post # 6
What kind of dinner are you having and for how many people?
If you have a good DJ and caterer then I think this is a good enough rough timeline to give to them (and other vendors) and go from there. They will want to adjust as they “feel” the crowd.
Post # 7
Cocktail hour is on the patio a few feet away from where dinner is going to be served. Dinner is buffet style. Our DJ will also be playing guitar in the ceremony, but we’re doing to do an ipod for dinner and cocktail hour.
Post # 8
I would start leaving a little after 10pm. Some places just require your guests be out by 11….but then you have an hour to clean up. Is that the case for you?
Post # 9
No…you have to be done cleaning and such by eleven. Doors have to be locked at that time. I’d say ten too, but I can’t be sure that people will leave and not linger around talking. I guess the caterers and stuff cleaning would be a hint but I wasn’t sure. lol
Post # 10
Our timeline was similar and we ended up way late.
Plan v real:
pre-ceremony photos of groomsmen, getting ready, first look
4:00-4:30 ceremony – actually 4:10-4:50
4:30 – 5:45 photos / cocktails – actually 5:00 – 6:00
5:30 – 5:45 guests get food and sit for couple’s entrance – actually 6:00 when we came in
6:30 – band starts – actually more like 7:15
7:15-7:30 cake / toasts during band’s break – actually closer to 8-8:30
sadly we didn’t get to hear the band as much as we wanted, but it did all work out okay