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Day of Scheduling Planning a reception im Lost!!

Rebecca, on November 20, 2021 at 12:22 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 6

Okay im wracking my time trying to figure out a time schedule day of like, how do i know there's enough time to get everyone ready day of when to be where and how the heck does a reception run ? prior ive always been the one to show up once the party started never attending the meal. so how does all that work im clueless here...



Latest activity by Tunisha, on November 28, 2021 at 20:08
  • Tunisha
    Super October 2021 Ontario
    Tunisha ·
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    Hello Rebecca,
    Are you having a day of coordinator? Because they can help you with the scheduling. But like everyone said, speak with your vendors to assist with the scheduling plan.
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  • Vinod
    Top August 2017 Ontario
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    The day of wedding schedule should reflect on how long you would need to get ready beforehand of the wedding with photos taken if doing this too.

    The time of the wedding can be 4:00pm

    Suggested plan:

    Getting ready with wedding party and moms 2 hours

    Photos with the wedding party and family 30 minutes

    First look with husband to be 10-15 minutes

    Procession start given a bit of delay and wedding ceremony 45-50 minutes

    Group photos 30 minutes

    Couple shots in reception hall/outside 20 minutes

    Reception starting time given around 6:00

    Cocktail hour 30- 1 hour time depending on your timing

    Reception start 6:00

    First dance 5 minutes

    Cake cutting 5 minutes

    Speeches 2 mintues each wedding party and family unlimited time including yourselves

    Dance floor open for party time

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Admin October 2016 North Carolina
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    Like everyone has said, I'd work with your photographer and you hair & makeup team to figure out your timeline before the wedding ceremony!! One important decision is whether you're going to do a first look or not, because that really changes your photography timeline!

    For the reception, here's a great example for the order of events:

    Wedding Reception Timeline

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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
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    I would talk to your venue first and see what they suggest for times. They usually have a rough timeline for weddings. And then I would talk to your hair and makeup once you set up a time line for your venue for ceremony and reception.

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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
    Hank ·
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    Like Liberty says, consult your HMUA on getting ready times as it'll be based on how many people are getting work done vs hope many staff are working on you.
    On top of that, you have to factor in travel time between where you're getting ready and your ceremony. I would allocate 1.5x the time it takes to get where you need to get. You never know what may happen along the way.

    For the reception, there are a gazillion ways it can be run. It depends on what activities you have going on. A typical three course dinner lasts 1.5-2 hours and you can schedule things in between courses.
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  • Liberty
    Featured May 2022 Alberta
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    I'd talk to those doing hair and makeup, they will know how long they need to get the bridal party ready. There are many ways a reception can run and what order things are done is totally up to you! I'll share our reception timeline below!
    5pm- doors open/cocktail hour
    6pm- bridal party entrance 6:15- first dance 6:30- dinner service starts 7pm- speeches (after last table has sat to eat)7:30- cake cutting 7:45- party time!We are not doing any parent dances, garter toss or bouquet toss
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