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Small Wedding - what itinerary?

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#31 jodieP

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    Posted 06 May 2010 - 08:45 AM

    I have loved reading all your idea's ladies and how you are laying out you wedding day arrangements! Gave some really good inspiration! Now I just need to settle on what to do in the gap between the ceremony and reception! Don't know if we want to fork out for a cocktail hour as it's a AI and we could just take over a bar for a while and allow guest to have time to freshen up before the reception? But we also don want to abandon them while we do photo's either?? I have a great mix of guests and will not be short on conversation or laughter! :) that I am thankful for! This is a great thread though and seeing everyone write down what they plan on doing or have done is fabulous!

    Thanks again ladies!


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    #32 cheshire_moon

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      Posted 15 May 2010 - 01:05 AM

      All through planning I wasn't concerned about an itinerary, but today I got to thinking about it more. However, I am put more at ease after reading this thread. Thanks everyone!

      #33 roo66

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        Posted 15 May 2010 - 06:30 AM

        Our wedding is at 4.00 Im thinking by 4.30 we will be MR & MRS.
        i/we dont like champagne so im going with sangria or pimms.
        Then im going to do the photos fun shots to include all our guests.Then the shots of Paul and I so our friends and family can then find a shady spot.
        At every wedding ive been to the bride and groom have there photos then the guests are asked to pose for shots someone is in the loo so missing someone else is smoking (you get the picture) so for me guest photos first after a drink.
        6.00-6.30 we will then head over to dinner
        From here we are winging it!!!!!
        Ive ordered a pavlova instead of a wedding cake we know there will be music.
        Im doing a photo booth/props table and the whiteboard message thing.
        Friends family and booze we will be fine.
        Didnt we choose destination weddings for a relaxed atmosphere and above all because we knew we didnt want to spend a small fortune.
        Im looking forward to a stress free wedding the sunshine the setting and with the fact i finally marry the man of my dreams.
        Whatever you decide will be perfect.Enjoy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

        #34 MrsC-to-Be

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          Posted 18 May 2010 - 02:42 PM

          I too have been wondering about this! what a great post. Right now my wedding is set for 1pm in Mexico... looking at 10-12 peopel tops. I like hearing that many people have had this early wedding-and ended up just hanging out at the resort bar or something.

          we are having a small semi-private dinner all together at one of the restaurants. My thing was that Since we are all paying for all inclusive, I couldnt justify a private dinner when we can eat for 'free' so to speak, you know? we're all laid back , I think it will go well :)

          #35 mreed

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            Posted 20 May 2010 - 04:04 PM

            We have a similar situation. Us, and maybe 10 other people- might turn out to be less though. We are having the ceremony, and the resort we picked offers a mini reception after with cake and champagne. We also planned for a hour or 2 later to have a private dinner together at one of the resorts restaurants.

            #36 hermosahoops

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              Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:09 PM

              It is a great comfort to see other brides having small weddings and thinking about the reception. We are having 9 guests so we're going to opt for the semi-private dinner. I would like to have a bit of dancing after dinner though. At least first dance, father-daughter, etc.


              Any thoughts from the wonderful BDW ladies? I suppose we could just take over a bar, but I would like to make the special dances a bit more intimate. My FI's idea was to pony up the cash for a dance floor and DJ and then just tell all the random people we meet at the resort that at 9 pm we are "opening" our reception and to come dance with us. :)  It could be fun, but it might be really weird too...





              #37 Sax Lady

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                Posted 30 July 2010 - 06:17 AM

                My mom wanted a dj so after dinner in one of the restaurants we are going to hire a dj just for two hours because I think thats plenty with only 15 people. Our dinner is at 6pm so I guess we will go party about 8 or 8:30 until about 10-10:30. But I think that sounds like a great idea because it really only takes 2 people to make a party haha.

                #38 hat0112

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                  Posted 30 July 2010 - 09:56 AM

                  We have 18 of us and we are having a private dinner and hiring a DJ. I love to dance and I probably would have hired a DJ for less people. I know my Mom will dance with me all night, I will have a few slow songs with my FI, and our first dance and father/daughter & mother/son dance and that is worth the price to me.

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                  #39 BeachBound2011

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                    Posted 30 July 2010 - 08:44 PM

                    We are going to a wedding in Jamaica next week and for dinner we are all just heading to one of the non-buffet restaurants in the AI-resort.  The mom's are afraid to leave the resort anyway lol And no one seems to mind. Why put that extra financial burden on a new couple if you don't have to?


                    Our wedding, though, we are going to Hawaii thus, no AI.  There will be about 15 of us:


                    3:30 ceremony

                    4:00 - 5:00 pictures/cocktail hour with entertainment (we found a ukulele player and hula dancer for a great price)

                    5:00 - ??? head to restaurant - which has a dance floor and guests (thinking of the older ones) can leave when they want

                    #40 Susan'n'Dean

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                      Posted 09 September 2010 - 02:24 PM

                      Im in the same boat, there are only 6 of us. Worried it will be a little awkward and boring afterwards but until i know what entertainment is there i cant really decide what we will do. We get married at 1600, and i have no idea how long the ceremony takes but we will be seated for an early dinner apparently. After that i suppose we will just hang out at the local bars and discos. I will change out of my dress into another white dress as i need the proper one for my reception back in the uk...dont want to get it dirty!

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