I'm getting into the final stages of the reception planning, and want to make sure I'm not missing anything/make sure this all looks good. If you don't mind giving it a look over and an aye or nay (or suggestions to improve!) that would be great!
4:30-5:00 : Pre ceremony cocktails + appetizers offered (rooftop venue, so figured it would give people a chance to enjoy it if they choose)
5:00-5:30 : Ceremony
5:30-6:00 : ("buffer time" for receiving line, group photo, congratulations and travel to reception site)
6:00-7:00 : Cocktail Hour. Groom and I take photos.
7:00 : Bride and groom enter, first dance and father/daughter, mother/son dances
7:30-9:00 : Dinner is served, toasts between the 4 courses.
9:00-11:00 : Serve wedding cupcakes, fondue bar opens. Post meal coffee, tea, bar, and beach bonfire with music set up in front of the restaurant.
11:00 - 1:00 : After party for any of the younger people coming who still happen to feel like celebrating. Bar is within walking distance from the reception venue.
My biggest concern is with the cocktail hour. We have paid the reception venue to open at 5:30 in case the ceremony finishes early or people don't hang around after the ceremony. If people end up getting to the reception closer to 5:30/5:45, is 1 1/2 hours too long to expect them to hang around, or am I worrying over nothing? 5:30-7:00 is hosted with an open bar and appetizers.
Anything else I've missed?