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Jasmine
Newbie April 2023 Ontario

Timing of Wedding Day

Jasmine, on October 17, 2022 at 13:45 Posted in Wedding reception 0 8
Can someone help me figure out the timing of a wedding day with the ceremony at 2pm?

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Latest activity by Stephanie, on January 4, 2023 at 12:37
  • Stephanie
    Frequent user August 2022 Ontario
    Stephanie ·
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    Timing of Wedding Day 1
    This is my timeline I gave to my wedding party — only the second half was posted at the venue. Our ceremony was at 4pm. I just made this on a word document and sent it by text and made paper copies to those who wanted them. Might have thrown some humour in there for our friends. Our ceremony and rehearsal were at the same location. We started quiet early for hair and makeup with two artists for 5 of us girls. It actually took longer than I thought so I’m glad I made an hour or so buffer for lunch and travel to the venue.


    *I found doing the wedding party photos before the ceremony was excellent. It allowed us to get photos with fresher hair and makeup. We didn’t do a first look so my FH had to stand in a corner basically, which in hindsight was funny when the girls did their photos outside. Also, it reduced the time it took for photos after the ceremony for guests, family and wedding party. In turn allotted more time for couple photos. 💝















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  • D
    Devoted September 2022 Alberta
    Derek ·
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    This was ours (had a start time very close to yours):


    2:30 pm - Ceremony
    3 pm - Bridal party starts photos
    3:30 - Bridal party departed by limo to photo location 4:30 - Cocktails and appetizer service open for guests
    6 pm - Dining room open; guests seated for arrival of wedding party
    6:15 - Wedding party arrives
    6:30 - Dinner service starts
    8:30 - First dance; dance floor open immediately after
    11:30 pm - Last call
    12:30 am - Close down
    Hope this gives you an idea.



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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
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    This was our timeline

    330pm ceremony

    4pm Group Photo

    410pm Sabering

    410pm Ceremony reception

    415pm family photos

    430pm photos

    5pm ballroom opens

    550pm grand entrance

    6pm grace

    605pm dinner service

    715 speeches

    745 first dance

    750pm father daughter dance

    755pm mother son dance

    8pm dance floor opens

    805 golden hour photos

    9pm cake cutting

    10pm garter and bouquet toss

    11pm last call

    1130 music off and bar closed

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  • KELLY
    Featured October 2023 Ontario
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    I am still working on ours, a few things need to be confirmed such as the smudging ceremony before our vows

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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    Is your ceremony and reception venue the same? If so, any reason you have to start at 2pm instead of later? That's a big gap for your guests between the ceremony and dinner.

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  • Julie
    Featured May 2023 Ontario
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    Mine is pretty close as well just omitting a few things...smaller wedding party


    4:00 pm - Ceremony Start
    4:30 pm - Ceremony End
    4:30-4:45 pm - after ceremony large picture with all guests outside
    4:45-5:45 pm cocktail hour begins. Me and FH run out for our photos
    6:00 pm - reception starts and start making your way to your seats
    6:15 pm - grand entrance and straight to first dance (wanna dance before I eat and get bloated lol)
    6:30 pm - dinner is served
    6:45 pm - speeches (only me, FH and Best man) our speeches are spread out in between courses so they will be less than 3 minutes long
    7:45 pm - to end (1:00am) - dance, drinks and socialize with guests.
    10:00 pm late night snacks
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  • Carine
    Featured September 2023 Ontario
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    The first option that Brittany has is what I have, only from 2-3 I get ready with the girls at the venue then we start at 3:00-3:30 Cocktail/photos from 3:30-5:00 the rest is the same.

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  • Brittany
    Featured August 2023 Alberta
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    If you are looking for a full day time line I would go with something like this (this is based on a 30 minute ceremony, if it is longer I would push the times - also if the celebration is in the same venue).

    2:00 pm - Ceremony Start

    2:30 pm - Ceremony End

    2:30 pm - wedding party, family and couple portraits start and cocktail hour begins.

    5:00 pm - reception starts and start making your way to your seats

    5:15 pm - grand entrances.

    5:30 pm - dinner

    6:15 pm - speeches

    6:30 pm - first dance & dance with parents (start bringing people to the dance floor after the dances)

    7:30 pm - Cut the cake and serve

    7:45 pm to end - dance, drinks and socialize with guests.

    OR doing your first dance before dinner has been a popular thing to do lately:

    2:00 pm - Ceremony Start

    2:30 pm - Ceremony End

    2:30 pm - wedding party, family and couple portraits start and cocktail hour begins.

    5:00 pm - reception starts and start making your way to your seats

    5:15 pm - grand entrances.

    5:30 pm - first dance & dance with parents

    6:00 pm - dinner

    6:45 pm - speeches

    7:00 pm - Cut the cake and serve

    7:15 pm to end - dance, drinks and socialize with guests.

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