1. Recommended ceremony time is usually between 4-5 depending what time of year. I am having mine at 4pm as I wanted it still to be sunny for some pics. If the sun didn't go down till later I would prefer it at 5pm as then you only have an hour till the reception dinner.
2. The ceremony/cocktail and dinner reception can be as structured as you like. The ceremony will last approximately 30 mins. And dinner reception in the restaurants starts at 6.30pm. So for example you could have ceremony 4-4.30pm Cocktail reception for 2 hours, then make your way to the reception dinner. If you are hiring out the restaurant you can be in there until 10.30 which leave time for speeches, cutting of cake, dancing and throwing the bouquet. If you are not you will probably finish around 8.30 then leave. Between 8.30 and 10.30 you could hire the club, or have a DJ at another location.
I think you can pretty much do what you like. If you request things a certain way I am sure you can get it. I'm sure you could have your wedding at midday too. If you are hiring the restaurant out I'm sure they will do what you request. Don't be afraid to ask.
This is my plan its very laid back and I am not worrying about anything and I am praying for perfect sunshine.
4pm Ceremony followed by champagne toast (beach)
4.30pm Group pictures
5pm cocktail party on beach and cut the cake
6.30pm Dinner reception
8.30pm leave restaurant freshen up
10pm meet guest at the bar then club (FREE!)
Originally Posted by ErinDoc
I've been reading this forum for about a month and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Erin, and I'm planning to get married in late 2011 at IRHS! I'm currently in the process of picking/securing my date. I can't wait - this makes it all so real!
Anyway...I wanted to thank you all for the information on this forum!! I wanted to read as much as I could so that I didn't ask too many questions that have already been answered. I think at this point, I only have some of the older posts to catch up on.
I do have two questions for anyone that would like to share their experience/opinion:
1. What time did/will your wedding ceremony take place? I ask because of the threat of rain most days in the late afternoon, and I would like to get married on the beach. I know they have a back up area in the case of rain, but I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping and praying that the back-up plan never has to be put in place.
2. How structured is the ceremony/cocktail party/reception compared to a "typical" wedding/reception? I'm a big of a planner and very organized - which some have called a control freak - so one of the many reasons my FI and I chose a DW was to NOT have to deal with all of the details and structure and timing of a "typical" wedding. Bring on the island time!!
Again, thank you all so much for sharing your experiences and questions! It helped me choose IRHS and, of course, added to my excitement!!!