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Ashley
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Timeline for small backyard wedding

Ashley, on April 28, 2021 at 2:16 AM Posted in Planning 0 4
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Hi all! Planning a small backyard wedding. Ceremony to begin at 5:00. The yard is small so where we’re getting married, taking family pics, and eating/dancing is all in the same area. No bridal party.


Having trouble figuring out a timeline. I was thinking after getting ready at hotel around 3:30, to meet at a separate location for a first look and pics with my fiancé and sisters. Arrive at ceremony around 4:45. Ceremony ends around 5:15. Now, I’m not sure what to do after. Usually at a venue you go off and take pics and get your entrance after. But where we’re taking family pics is where we did the ceremony. I’m trying to incorporate family pics after ceremony and then a first dance somewhere around there. Should we walk off after ceremony to the front yard and then have an entrance and dance right after? Or kind of pointless? Also family pics around that time too.
Cocktail hour can begin after ceremony. Eat dinner at 6:30, toasts, dancing, and cake cutting. No parent/bride/groom dance.
Any suggestions?

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Latest activity by Lynnie, on April 29, 2021 at 3:14 PM
  • Kenia
    Dedicated June 2021
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    Not sure if I misunderstood the first part, but just make sure you give yourself enough time to get ready and travel times Smiley smile i probably misunderstood thinking you’ll get ready at 3:30..

    Anywho, you can definitely walk out to the front yard or something so you can have a nice reception entrance and your guest can cheer you on and then start your first dance. Sometimes you take pictures during the cocktail hour. Maybe you can do that? Have your ceremony. Walk off with your husband just as like an exit. Come back for part of
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  • Ashley
    Savvy July 2021
    Ashley ·
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    Thanks! Yeah, we’ll be ready by 3:30 to do the first look.


    We are going to do family pics after ceremony. That’s what I’m trying to figure out with our entrance and first dance. Come back for an entrance and family pics and then do dance before dinner? Or maybe we won’t even do an entrance. It’s just such a small space. Don’t want it to all awkward. Lol
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  • Kenia
    Dedicated June 2021
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    I guess half my message disappeared lol.
    My suggestion was .. ceremony, and then Maybe you take the family pictures during part of cocktail hour... let them enjoy a bit of cocktail, you and your husband walk off to the front or inside and enjoy a few minutes of alone time. Eat. And then you go back and do an entrance and first song. Just an idea Smiley smile even if the place is small, it’s doable! Just like disappear for a bit while guests are entertained with food haha
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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
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    I love that suggestion Kenia!!

    I also think you should take a moment after your ceremony! 💕 I'd fully recess after the ceremony and walk to the front yard or house and have a few private moments together to celebrate. That also gives your guests a few minutes to get up out of their seats and start mingling / dispersing.

    You could start family pictures 10-15 minutes later while your other guests start enjoying cocktail hour! 🥂

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