- 4 years ago
I’m just trying to work out a tentative timeline so that I can tell the venue what time we want our ceremony to start. Our ceremony and reception are in the same location. The park where we will probably take pictures is about a 10 minute drive away from our venue.
We aren’t doing a first look. I can definitely see why some people do it to avoid a time gap, but Fiance is vehemently against it and it’s just not for us. I know people have strong feelings about gaps, but where I live it is common to have a gap between the ceremony and reception. I have been to probably a dozen weddings and every one had time (i think usually around 3hrs) between the ceremony and reception. So, I want our guests to have a good time but don’t see a gap being a huge problem in our social circle. We are getting married in a city so there are places people can go, and we will probably have a cocktail hour of some sort before dinner starts.
Our photographer recommended 2 hours of picture taking time plus one hour to get everybody in the bridal party organized. Do you guys think that sounds realistic? I think I get the two hours of shooting time but the extra hour of setup/organization seems like a lot. I might have to ask her to clarify. I’m thinking 2 hours of actual shooting time plus maybe 15-20mins of setup, and then we will have a 15min “buffer” time before the reception starts to finish up photos, touch up makeup, etc. or just catch up if we are running late. I would still like to reduce the gap between ceremony and reception if I can, so if anybody only took an hour or so for pictures I’d love to hear how that worked out! Our only thing is if we are paying that much for a photographer we want to get our money’s worth and not be super super rushed 🙂
We are having a plated dinner with 3 courses and we’re expecting around 130 guests (inviting 150 but expecting regrets). I think we would probably do speeches during dinner/between courses. I’m really not sure how long dinner will take, right now I’m guessing 2 hours. Too much?
I put 1am as the end time because that’s when the venue will close up. Not sure if we will go that long, but judging by past weddings Fiance and I have been to with our families and friends… at least a couple dozen people might shut the place down! Haha.
Let me know what you guys think!
8:00-9:00 – breakfast in hotel room
9:00-1:30 – hair, makeup, lunch, relax with bridesmaids… not sure on this part of the timeline yet?
1:30-2:00 – put on dress
1:30-2:00 – drive to venue, relax before ceremony
2:00-2:30 – ceremony
2:30-3:00 – receiving line
3:00-3:15 – drive to park for photos
3:15-3:30 – organize everybody for photos
3:30-5:30 – photos (back at venue cocktail hour starts at 5)
5:30-5:45 – drive back to venue
5:45-6:00 – touch up makeup, wait for reception to start/buffer time if running late
6:00-6:15 – welcome for dinner, grace/blessing
6:15-8:15 – dinner, speeches
8:15-8:30 – first dance, father/daughter & mother/son dance
8:30-8:45 – cake cutting and start dancing!
8:45-1:00 – party time!