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Do you want to build a Time-Line?

Do you want to build a Time-line?…

Wedding timelines can be confusing when you’ve never done one—even if you’ve attended a lot of weddings, you probably haven’t paid much attention the the actual timeline. Unless it was the most boring wedding, drug out for what seemed like days. Any wedding over 6 hours can be dreadful for guests.  But as someone who’s hosted over 1,000 weddings I will tell you— Six hours is about the most weddings guests have in them. Most wedding vendors that you hire will also start their packages at 5 hours, after that it is overtime or added extra hours for an additional cost. We always suggest to leave the guests wanting more. Do you want to build a timeline? 

EXAMPLE #1 (Winter/Early Spring weddings)

{The early ceremony} (January-March, & Late October-December)

  • 10:00am—Bride and bridesmaids arrive at KP for hair and make up
  • Wedding Planner arrives and makes sure everything is perfect for you
  • LOTS OF THINGS WILL HAPPEN BEFORE CEREMONY START TIME
  • 4:00pm—Ceremony starts
  • 4:25pm—Ceremony concludes
  • 4:30pm—Cocktail hour on porch begins for guests/family photos
  • 5:25pm—Guests invited inside to take seats, Bride & Groom line up for introductions
  • 5:30pm—Introduction of Bride & Groom; blessing
  • ***Option: First Dance, welcome speech (by dad, or Bride and groom) or just go sit down for dinner
  • 5:45pm—Dinner
  • 6:30pm—Champagne poured for bridal party; stage for toasts
  • 6:45pm—Toasts offered (MOH, BM, FOB or FOG, Bride and Groom) and Cake cutting
  • 7:00pm—Father Daughter Dance, Mother Son Dance
  • 7:10pm—OPEN DANCE FLOOR DANCE DANCE DANCE
  • DANCE DANCE DANCE
  • Still dancing and celebrating! 
  • 9:55pm—Last Dance
  • 10:00pm—Big send off with sparklers!

EXAMPLE #2 (Summer, longer daylight weddings):

{The late ceremony }(April-September, warmer months).

  • 10:00am—Bride and bridesmaids arrive at KP for hair and make up
  • Wedding Planner arrives and makes sure everything is perfect for you
  • LOTS OF THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN THIS TIME FRAME 
  • 6:30pm—Ceremony starts
  • 6:55pm—Ceremony concludes
  • 7:00pm—Cocktail hour on porch begins for guests/family photos
  • 7:45pm—Guests invited inside to take seats, Bride & Groom line up for introductions
  • 8:00pm—Introduction of Bride & Groom; blessing
  • ***Option: First Dance, welcome speech (by dad, or Bride and groom) or just go sit down for dinner
  • 8:05pm—Plated dinner is served (45 minutes) OR Buffet 20 min per 150 people.
  • 9:00pm—Toast and cake 
  • 9:15pm—Father Daughter Dance, Mother Son Dance
  • 9:30pm—OPEN DANCE FLOOR DANCE DANCE DANCE
  • DANCE DANCE DANCE
  • Still dancing and celebrating 
  • 11:45pm—Last dance
  • 12:00am—Big send off with sparklers!                                                            

{And there you have it} 6-hour wedding with all wedding activities  and all with 3 hours of solid open dance floor time, wedding celebrations, AND a 5 hour bar (whoa). Now, this may seem long to some, but really, 6 hours is a sweet spot. Nothing is crammed and slammed together, it is a relaxed pace, but still keeping the guests entertained.  You will save hundreds if not thousands of precious dollars on overtime wages from the DJ, Bar, Photographer, Video guy/gal, and security. Most vendor packages start at 5 hours, with tons of logic behind it!  Always leave guests wanting more, not wanting to find a secret exit.

Your wedding planner will guide you through this process a lot prettier than I. A timeline is very fluid and built upon your vision. Nothing is set in stone other than the ceremony start time—but be sure to consider the timing of each event, and the length of each event. Some weddings won’t have a toast, or garter toss/bouquet toss—saving time. Some won’t want cutting the cake to be such a huge ordeal, just cut it, pass it around and keep the party going. Once you sit down and play out your wedding in your head, jot down your ideas, wants and needs. A time-line is totally custom to you and built for you. Add in things like late night snack, fireworks, dollar dance, all sorts of activities that will change things up a bit keeping guests entertained.

It doesn’t matter if you change a bit—say 5pm start time, or 6pm start time, just consider the 6 hour rule of thumb for event time.

Cheers,

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