Thanks for any help with this. I am trying to nail down a good timeline for the day of my wedding. I know that the ceremony will start at 3:30 as that is set by our venue. The ceremony and reception are in the same place (ceremony outside on balconey, reception/dinner inside)
3:00 Seating begins
3:30 to 4:00 Ceremony
4:00 to 5:00ish Wedding party/bride and groom pictures...during this time the guests can enjoy cocktail hour with appetizers
5:00 to 5:15-ish Grand Entrance
5:15 to 6:00 Continued cocktail hour...guests asked to sit at 5:45.
6:00 to 7:30ish Plated dinner with toasts - Is that normal...toasts during dinner?
7:30ish First Dance/Mother and Son Dance/Father and Daugher Dance...immediately followed by the dance floor being "opened" aka dance music starts!
8:00 or 8:30 Cake Cutting
More dancing and drinking until the party fizzles out. We have the venue until midnight.
The big question I have is - Is 6:00pm too late for dinner if the ceremony starts at 3:30? We will be sure to have heavy/filling apps starting at 4 with the cocktail hour. So, I don't think it's too late, but I want some other opinions.
Also, is 1.5 hours too long for dinner? I kind of need to do the "dances" at 7:30ish because sunset is at 7:08pm that day and I'd love to do sunset pictures, which I am planning as 7:00 to 7:30. Or would it be better to do the dances at like 6:45 and then run outside after that? Our dinner is two courses; salad and entree.