Help! Reception & First dance order!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2630 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@iGMarie:  We were introduced, went straight to our first dance from there, then speeches by the MOH and best man, and finally meal time followed by the cake cutting. We didn’t have parent dances or the garter or bouquet tosses, so that streamlined our timeline. For our reception, that order of events worked out really well and felt really natural.

Looking at your list, I would put the parent dances like 30 min after the meal is served/buffet opened but before the cake. After the cake cutting, people will be somewhat gathered around already, and you could do the bouquet toss while the cake is being cut and served. 

Do you want to have a dance with your stepdad? If not, try and talk her out of it maybe? Otherwise, I’d open the parent dances with your dad, have your FI dance with his mom, then close out with your stepdad. That seems like a logic order to me if I were a guest.

Post # 4
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@iGMarie: Heres a few things I found using the google lol

I like this one quite a bit:

This seems incredibly helpful:

Of all my googling, this one is my favorite! This will give you lots of time for pictures, depending whether you do them before or after the ceremony.. and nothing will break up the party which is nice as well!

0:00 – guests arrive, music is played
0:30 – Ceremony (Some ceremonies are longer, depends on a lot!)
1:00 to 2:00 – Pictures, guests mingle (If I have 2 venues for cer/rec, I plan to put a bigger gap here.)
2:00 – Grand Entrance
2:05 to 3:00 – Dinner
3:05 – Toasts, followed by cake cutting (Depending on how many toasts, this can be a lot longer, avoid having too many, try to get most done at your rehearsal dinner)
3:15 – First Dance
3:20 – Father/Daughter Dance
3:25 – Mother/Son Dance
3:30 – Garter Removal and Toss (this leads into the “fun” part of the reception, the dancing!)
3:35 – Bouquet Toss (let the song finish out after the bouquet is caught…..the girls are already on the floor, and will start dancing. This helps get people out on the floor and excited for the dancing portion)
3:40 – Open Dancing
6:40 – Last Dance (its a good idea to have last call about 20-30 mins before this)
7:00- Grand Exit

This came from this website:

Post # 7
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@iGMarie:  This is my pre-liminary time line… we plan to have a later reception obviously…



12:30 – Guests arrive, music is played
1:00- Ceremony

1:45 – 5:00 – Pictures


5:30 – 6:00 Guests arrive, music plays

6:00 – Grand Entrance

6:15 – Welcome Speech (Father & Mother of the Bride)

6:20 – MC will begin drawing “tables” to line up at food truck
6:30pm – 8:00pm – Dinner/Dessert

From 7:00-8:00 people can freely go to carnival food truck for mini donuts and lemonade.
8:00pm – Cake cutting

8:10pm – Toasts: BM, MOH, FOG, others…

8:50pm – MC announces first dance will be happening soon, tells guests to get 36” sparklers, and stand in a circle around the dance floor.. (I imagine it will take a bit to gather 100 people into a circle-ish crowd)

8:59-BMs & GM will help you light them, as they are easiest to light with another sparkler
9:00pm – First Dance
9:05pm – Father/Daughter Dance
9:10pm – Mother/Son Dance
9:20pm – Garter Removal*
9:25pm – Bouquet Toss* (Make sure super fun dance-y song plays next, demand all bridesmaids and groomsmen to have immediate dance off)

9:30pm – Thank you speech
9:35pm – Open Dancing

1:00am – Last Call
1:30am – Last Dance
1:45am – Grand Exit

*Garter/Bouquet toss may turn into anniversary dance.

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