Wedding day timings, advice and what are you all doing?
Ridiculously, after planning for 9 months, this is the first time i've sat down and properly thought about what happens when. The caterer was the one to first talk about timings of everything when we met her in April, but I was kinda winging it and guessing because I hadn't really thought it through. What we have so far is..
2.00 ceremony. This one is actually booked so know this
2.45 reception drinks and photographer with wedding party
4.00 sit down afternoon tea
5.00 speeches and champagne toast
Then, caterer suggested/put in her quote evening guests will invited for 7, the evening buffet will be served for 8-8.30. And she separately said The cake can be cut into before the first dance. We can then remove the cake to prepare for serving with the evening buffet.
I had originally imagined people eating the evening hog roast before the band starts. But this would mean no dancing until quite late when we have to be out before midnight so was getting panicky about not enough time! Plus, this would mean cutting the cake after hog roast so they wouldnt be served together. I havn't been to a lot of weddings, is evening food usually served after the band has got going? As we are having afternoon tea rather than wedding breakfast, the evening food is the more proper meal with salads and breads and potatoes and mediteranean veg. I'd ideally like the cake cutting to be when the evening guests are there. I'm thinking I could bring the evening invite time forward to 6.30 but no earlier to be sure that they don't arrive during speeches and feel awkward.
What is everyone doing with evening timings? Its so complicated!