Posted August 20th, 2012, 12:50 AM
Shatima, to answer your question it's about 1.5 to 2 hours. I really wouldn't suggest trying to bump your wedding up to start at 12:30, you really need that time to get ready and pull yourself together. I figured the same thing, why can't we start at 12:30, my hair and make-up was done ahead of time. But in the end, a 1pm start is just enough time. Here's why, your guests need to get settled, you and your groom need to meet with the officiant (seperately) and you have to sign your marriage certificate.
The ceremony is about 15-20 minutes. Then all the guests have to file out and walk to the reception area. You will need time to do after ceremony pictures with family and for you and your new husband to make your grand entrance into the reception.
We told our co-ordinator that we didn't want the standard run down. Upon entrance you go immediately into the first dance, then the cake cutting, then the toast, then food. We changed it so that we would do the first dance and open the buffet. Half way thru we did the cake cutting and toast. We didn't want the cake to be served right away.
Also, the dj never made an announcement so my guests didn't know when they were supposed to leave. They finally got off at 3:45 because security told them too.
I wish I had it on video, it was really funny them arguing with my sister.
12:10...wow that's a long wait time. I really hope I don't have to wait that long to board the ship. My arrival time is 9:30, which is actually 9 for me, since I'm trying to get there before the groom.
So to wait from 9 am until 12, that's a long, long time.
(I have a book, so I'll try to keep busy).
But I agree with you, jul1221, if I didn't board until 12:10, the idea of trying to get ready in 20 minutes is just not realistic.
However, my personal planner is creating two time lines, one for early boarding on the ship and one for late boarding on the ship.
Of course I'm really hoping to get the early timeline.
Mr and Mrs. Durham
Living happily ever after...