Here is a sample timeline that should give you a rough idea of how much time to allot for various segments of your event. The below should give everyone plenty of time to mingle, enjoy dinner, sprinkle in all of the toasts and formalities, and still save a healthy amount of time for dancing.
Guest Arrival: 30 Minutes
Ceremony: 30 Minutes
Cocktail Hour: 60 Minutes
Total Run-Time: 6 Hours
Note: This timing should work for a guest count of 80-200 guests. If you are expecting more or fewer in attendance, you may want to tweak accordingly. (i.e. A 300 person plated dinner may take closer to 2 hours).
What if my guests may need a little "warming up" to get them dancing?
No problem! We can help brainstorm some tricks to help make kicking off the party less intimidating. Placing a parent dance at the end of dinner, and inviting guests to join for the last minute of the dance can be a great icebreaker. Or if you're planning to do a Hora, this can be an excellent way to inspire everyone to join en masse without feeling too self-conscious about their footwork.
What if a particular formality just isn't for me?
Definitely let us know - we are all about rethinking the rules! Whether you're a bride who wants to do her Parent Dance with her mother, or you just want to skip the fanfare of grand introductions, we are all about brainstorming ways to help co-create a timeline that is uniquely *you.*
Got an idea for a special "outside of the box" moment? We love it! Let us know, and we are all about working in song dedications, talent shows, b-boy battles, or whatever may strike your fancy. 🦄