(Closed) What do you think of this tentative timeline?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
34 posts

I will just mention that you should be sure to inform your guests that the reception is not until 6pm. That way they can leave and come back adn won’t be waiting around for 3 – 3.5 hours. Personally I think that’s a crazy gap, but you sound pretty convinced that it will be fine, so … just be sure to let everyone know. 

I don’t think dinner will take 2 hours. Maybe 1.5. 

sounds like a long fun day!


Post # 3
5151 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Are the ceremony and reception at the same location? I’ve never seen a gap that long unless it was a church wedding. Yikes. Ceremony is at 2 and the wedding doesn’t end until 1 ?! That’s an 11 hour wedding….

Post # 4
7567 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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enggirl :  Generally speaking, while it’s not ideal at any wedding it’s generally only considered acceptable to have such an extream gap in the ceremony & reception when it’s a Catholic Church wedding – as the ceremony time is dictated by the church.

As a wedding photographer….you should listen to yours. We do this iterally hundreds of times. We know how long it takes to gather everyone and get them from location to location and organize photos. If your photographer thinks it will take that long, it probably will. You’re allocating 15 to get from the venue to the park for photos – but you aren’t taking into consideration how long it takes to get everyone together to get into the vehicles to get to said park.

It happends at almost every single wedding. Just this weekend I had a wedding almost exactly like you’re describing. Literally almost identical. We walked to a spot next to the ceremony venue and even still it took 15 minutes of wrangling before we could start family formals because someone wandered off to get a drink, go to the bathroom, find a coat, etc.

Post # 5
6237 posts
Bee Keeper

Long whole day weddings are the norm here in the uk. 

I agree though your gap for photos seems crazy. Usually half and hour with the guests for formal shots then an hour just you two while your guests freshen up and have a drink/snack/entertainment. 

Also id say if you having a seated plated dinner with courses and speeches I’d allow at least 2.5hrs for this. Speaking from experience. 

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