(Closed) What’s Your Ceremony/Reception Timeline?

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi!  I have found that MOST venues (of course there are always exceptions, options to add more time, etc.) allow for a 5-hour event rental, plus time to set up and clean up.  If you are having the ceremony and reception at the same place, I think a typical timeline is:

30 minutes – ceremony

45-60 minutes – cocktails (length depends on whether you need a turnover of the ceremony space, whether you are taking pictures during cocktails, whether you have a yichud, etc.)

3 1/2 hours – reception (dinner and dancing)

If you are getting married somewhere offsite (church, etc.) than I think you would have your guests go straight into 1 hour for cocktails, and then a 4-hour reception.

Post # 4
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

2 pm – groom/smen arrive at the church

2:45 – bride/smaids arrive at the church

3:30 – ceremony starts

4 – ceremony ends

4-5:30 – wedding party photos

5 pm – cocktail hour begins

5:45 – receiving line into ballroom

6 pm – dinner is served

6:15 – toasts begin

7 pm – cake cutting

7:15 – first dance

11 – reception ends and happily ever after

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