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Any input on this wedding day timeline would be sooo appreciated! It is giving me a hurty head. Any brides/wives have input on what you are doing/did? 


11am-2pm Set up guestbook, gift, dessert, escort card tables etc.

2-3pm Details/getting ready photos
3pm First look photos
3-4pm Bride/Groom photos

4-4:30 I go into hiding!
4:30 - 4:45 Ceremony
4:45 - 5:15 Family pics (we are only doing a limited number)
5:15-6pm bridal party and bride and groom photos
6pm Enter reception
Cut Pies (we are doing this here to get photos of us doing it and to allow the servers enough time to cut it to be served after dinner - my photog suggested this - anyone done something similar?)
6:15pm Salad served
6:30pm Plated dinner served
8pm 1st Dance (my photog suggested this too but it seems late - you think we should do this at 7:30 or is 8 actually good because that gives us an hour after eating to greet people at their tables?)
Father daughter-mother son to follow
Open dance
930 Garter and bouquet toss

11pm Reception ends 


Thanks girls!

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Re: Timeline Input

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    edited December 2011
    Questions:
    1.  When are you getting ready?  I know you have listed getting ready pictures, but I would allow more than an hour... it just seems pretty tight if you're actually going to be setting things up for three hours before that.  Personally, I'd want some more chill time in there.
    2.  Are the ceremony and reception at the same place?  You didn't allow for any transportation time between the two if they aren't.

    We cut our cake after dinner, but I've seen it done before as well.  It's fine either way--just a personal preference. 

    I don't know if you really need a nailed down time for a first dance.  Your DJ can just announce it when it seems like dinner is winding down as a way to open the dance floor.
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    edited December 2011
    My SIL did the cake cutting at the beginning of the reception.  Actually this was more of her timeline:

    3:00 Finish up pictures in reception lobby
    3:15 Go back to hall to be announced
    3:20 MOH's shoe breaks
    3:25 Bridezilla freaks out because we're still in the hall. 
    3:30 Get announced
    3:40 B/G get announced
    3:45 B/G first dance
    3:50 Bouquet toss attempt 
    3:50-4:15 Looking for bouquet (she had 3 and was looking for a 4th one she was supposed to throw, and no, I don't know why she had 4)
    4:15 Bouquet toss
    4:30 Cake cutting
    5:00 Dinner
    5:45 60% of guests left
    6:00 Garter toss

    My times might be off by a few minutes.  Anyhoo, I thought it was weird everything was at the beginning of the reception, and there was nothing to look forward to.  I don't know if that is why people left or because of lack of booze, but I did hear a few people say it was the weirdest timed wedding they had been to.  I think it's alright if you do the cake cutting at the beginning, but keep the rest the way it is.  
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_michigan-detroit_timeline-input?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:88Discussion:c1fbfaeb-505c-42e0-958e-cfe58a0c1a15Post:5eeb0f0a-20bf-4094-a0ab-feb65de3b3c2">Re: Timeline Input</a>:
    [QUOTE]Questions: 1.  When are you getting ready?  I know you have listed getting ready pictures, but I would allow more than an hour... it just seems pretty tight if you're actually going to be setting things up for three hours before that.  Personally, I'd want some more chill time in there. 2.  Are the ceremony and reception at the same place?  You didn't allow for any transportation time between the two if they aren't. We cut our cake after dinner, but I've seen it done before as well.  It's fine either way--just a personal preference.  I don't know if you really need a nailed down time for a first dance.  Your DJ can just announce it when it seems like dinner is winding down as a way to open the dance floor.
    Posted by abbeylynne06[/QUOTE]

    <div>Thanks for the help!</div><div>Answers:</div><div>1. The hair/makeup crew will be arriving at 11:30 and will be there through 2:30. We can't get into the reception area until 11am, otherwise I'd want to do setup earlier than all of that. But, with that restraint I planned on assigning each of the BMs a task and ask them to do that task whenever they are not in the chair getting ready. I'll probably have my hair/makeup done around 1pm and during the details/getting ready photos they will just be "fake" photos of them pretending to put makeup on when it will really all be done. </div><div>2. Yes, everything happens at the same location (hair/makeup, pictures, ceremony, reception, afterparty activities, staying the night). So no worries there! :)</div><div>
    </div><div>Good point about asking the DJ to announce the 1st dance when it seems appropriate. Thanks!</div>
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    lndskellylndskelly member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_michigan-detroit_timeline-input?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:88Discussion:c1fbfaeb-505c-42e0-958e-cfe58a0c1a15Post:f23a521a-e23d-4ac2-a370-51973624af1d">Re: Timeline Input</a>:
    [QUOTE]My SIL did the cake cutting at the beginning of the reception.  Actually this was more of her timeline: 3:00 Finish up pictures in reception lobby 3:15 Go back to hall to be announced 3:20 MOH's shoe breaks 3:25 Bridezilla freaks out because we're still in the hall.  3:30 Get announced 3:40 B/G get announced 3:45 B/G first dance 3:50 Bouquet toss attempt  3:50-4:15 Looking for bouquet (she had 3 and was looking for a 4th one she was supposed to throw, and no, I don't know why she had 4) 4:15 Bouquet toss 4:30 Cake cutting 5:00 Dinner 5:45 60% of guests left 6:00 Garter toss My times might be off by a few minutes.  Anyhoo, I thought it was weird everything was at the beginning of the reception, and there was nothing to look forward to.  I don't know if that is why people left or because of lack of booze, but I did hear a few people say it was the weirdest timed wedding they had been to.  I think it's alright if you do the cake cutting at the beginning, but keep the rest the way it is.  
    Posted by mrsbunyip[/QUOTE]<div>
    </div><div>Good point about wanting to save some things for the guests to look forward too! Thanks :)

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