I thought I'd take this opportunity to kick off wedding season by discussing most of my client's least favourite topic. The timeline. It’s important to remember that wedding timelines act as a guideline. This is one of the main questions many of your vendors will be asking you about. When does your ceremony start? When does it end? What time does dinner start? What time do you plan on doing your cake cutting? Although all these questions may seem daunting and make you anxious – Don’t panic! I KNOW it can be overwhelming, especially in the early stages of planning. All that you have your mind on is picking your venue, dreaming about dress shopping and booking your photographer … the last thing you’re thinking about is what time your first dance is supposed to start and that is O K A Y! I'm here to put you at ease and help you relax!
Here are some of my tips to make sure your day goes smoothly!
INVITE TIME VS. START TIME
The “invite” time is the time on your invitation. The earliest guests will show up about half an hour before this, so be prepared for that. And then there are the late guests. No matter the size of your guest list, you can put money on the fact that ten of them will be around ten minutes late, even if they’re all staying down the street from the venue. Do yourself a favor and plan on starting the ceremony fifteen minutes after your invite time. There’s nothing more awkward than a late arrival standing at the back of the aisle because the bridesmaids are walking down.
Although many people these days do not do a receiving line, it’s the best way to allow you to greet all (or most all) of you guests individually. The other popular way to is to go around tables during dinner and have your photographer follow you to get photos of you with your guests. The best time to do a receiving line is after your ceremony right outside the church or venue of choice. Your pastor or host can announce that the couple will be available outside. Another option, if you are planning a cocktail hour is to do it from your cocktail hour into dinner – the most suitable transition point is typically the door way. You would want to have someone in charge of gently herding guest through to dinner about half hour before your cocktail hour ends. This gives you a minute of greeting/hugging/fist bumping everyone as they come into the