(Closed) What’s your Reception and Ceremony Timeline?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My venue wanted a schedule like yours.  I was not willing to rush through dinner to cut the cake.  Also- you don’t mention when they plan on serving the cake.  If they want to serve it at 8:30, that means your guests have to eat their entire meal, salad to cake in only 1 hour.  That was unacceptably fast to me.  I didn’t want guests to have to snarf down their food.

So what we did was as follows (we had our ceremony at a church, so it obviously a little different):

12pm- Photos with Bride, Family, Bridesmaid

12:30/12:45- Depart for church

1:15/1:30- photograph Groom, Family, Groomsmen (at Church or adjoining rectory property)

2-2:30 Ceremony

2:30-3pm Receiving line

3-3:15- photos with bridal party in the church

3:15- Bride and groom depart to venue

3:45-4:15/4:30- bride and groom portraits

4:30- Photos of assembled bridal party, parents, bride/groom at venue

4:45- group photo on the lawn

5-5:15  Guests seated

5:15-5:25  Introductions then right into 1st dance and then all are invited to dance.

6:00  Food is served and Toasts begin immediately after food is served.  Toasting while people are eating.

6:30-7:15 Dancing Music

7:15-7:30 Cake cutting followed by parent dances

Dancing the rest of the night.


There are loads of examples here:


Reception format


Reception timeline

what should go in the wedding day timeline?

Post # 5
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I t does seem scrunched to me too.  But if you have to make it work, I would make certain you have some details ironed out with your photographer ahead of time.  Is there anyway to have pictures taken before the ceremony?  (I can’t blame you if you don’t think it’s ideal) but I think it is common in situations like this.

Post # 6
3331 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t think your timeline is too short.  We’re doing something similar, with a 6:00 ceremony start.  We’re getting dressed at the location (after doing hair and makeup at my MOH’s house), so we’ll be heading over there around 2ish.  We’re starting photos a little earlier, meeting our photographer at 3:30.  We’re also not doing a cocktail hour, so our ceremony will go from 6-6:30 and then we’ll open the reception/bar (which is just upstairs from the ceremony) and do our intros/toasts at 7, with dinner starting right after.

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