I am in need of help with my reception timeline. Our Ceremony is taking place at a church at 3:00pm and our reception is about 15 minutes away.... but, our reception does not start until 6 pm. I'm thinking the Ceremony might take about 30 minutes, then after a few pictures at the church, we want to take pictures at another location. Which is the reason for the gap in time between Ceremony and Reception. I want to be able to enjoy all 5 hours, after all were paying for it. I'm just having a hard time figuring our the timeline it self, see we want as much dancing time as possible. We are having around 140 guest (mostly adults), but our tricky situation is the Buffet dinner. We have to have dinner started right away in order to have a lot of time to party. So our plan is to do all the speeches and traditional dances right away. So far, this is what I have. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions.
In the end this is just a timeline, I know that they don't always go according to plan and on time!!
Open Bar will be closed for the Dinner Hour 7-8
Photo Booth will be open from 6-10
6:00 pm Doors will open with open bar and appetizer being served. At this time the guest will also look for their table and take a seat , at the tables the salad will already be served for them to begin eating.
6:30 pm Bridal Party Entrance. The Bride and Groom will have the First Dance. Brother and Sister Dance followed by Son and Mother dance. The Groom will thank everyone for Coming.
7:00 Buffet dinner will start. Tables will be called one by one. (Starting with the Bridal Party)
7:30 Speeches from the MOH and BM. Then will Follow the Brides Mother and the Grooms Father.(Some guest will be in line for food)
8:00 Music will start picking up momentum to have guest start joining the Dance Floor.(By this time the Bridal party should have been fed and can start dancing)
8:30 Bouquet Toss
9:00 Gardner Toss
9:30 Cake Cutting (Served)
10:30 More Dancing
11:00 Time to Go Home