can I ask about peoples timelines for the day :) iv booked the ceremony for 1.30 I picked this time because over 80% of our guest list is over 60, got ill health or got children so don't think our party will last till the wee hours but I don't want it to be a shortened wedding . we are planning on haveing the normal wedding breakfast, evening buffet, photos, party ect.. we are adding Easter egg hunt and putting a play area or garden games for kids to go to any time .. but do you think I should add more optional entertainment (ghost tour of our venue and or bird of prey display ) to fill the time as I think a lot of people will go for a lie down but don't want the others to get bored. note ceremony and reception is in the same place and most the guest are staying at the venue..
Our ceremony is booked for 1pm. The drinks reception is likely to be 1.5-2 hours, we have some adult entertainment, plus a table with colouring etc for the kids and some outdoor games. The wedding breakfast and speeches. Think there's likely to be 1-2 hour gap between day and night do and I'm not planning anything. Gives people chance to check into the rooms, freshen up if they want, kids to have a nap etc x
We have a gap but we've assigned this for photos and for people to check into their rooms as they can't check in till 4 our ceremony is at 3pm
4pm photos and guest check ins
8pm first dance
we got married at 2:30pm we had a church ceremony lasted about half hour so from 3/4ish was photos then we went to reception which was only five mins away at local village hall were we greeted guest and told them to grab a drink and fine their table. We then had afternoon tea and speeches. We had a small area with toys for all the children/babies we had so they never got bored. Around 6 my mum made us go outside has she had to move tables to put out the buffet etc. While this was happending dj was setting up and we had hired an ice cream van so we had photos taken in it and everyone was able to get an ice cream then from roughly half six/7pm we had a disco and we opened buffet around 8ish plus had a sweet cart no one was bored as loads of family were catching up with each other etc plus the bar area was separate so those that didnt want to be near the disco werent x
I personally feel something like that would distract from the wedding itself and as a guest I wouldn't expect to be entertained for every moment of the day. Sometimes it's just nice to have the opportunity to sit and chat with people and catch up with people they may not have seen in a while. It's your wedding and if it's something you want to do and don't mind paying for then go for it.