Order of Events at Reception…

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We did:

Toasts/speeches (3 total)


Special dances (1st, father/daughter, mother/son)

Dancing for a while

Break to cut the cake

More dancing


We didn’t have grace or the bouquet/garter toss.  Our DJ recommended having dancing for a while before we did the cake, because some people use the cake as their guideline of when it is ok to leave (especially older guests).  Hope that helps!

Post # 4
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re doing:

Cocktail hour/Pictures
Toasts/MOH & Bridesmaid or Best Man Speeches
Dancing (start with 1st dance, then father/daughter, etc)
Speeches (Thank you from us, my Dad, and a friend who wants to talk)

Our venue wouldn’t cut the cake after 9 and we want to dance from 8-11 (the band does (2) 1.5 hour sets with a break in between which we are using for more speeches), so in a way we had to get the cake cutting “out of the way”. I think I’ll leave it up to the band for the garter & boquet toss, just see how the crowd’s doing etc. As you may see dancing is our top priority of the night and we feel we’ve built a good schedule around that.

Post # 5
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

This is ours, a little untraditional.  We just don’t want our guests sitting forever and everything dragging:

3-5pm Coctail Hour

5:00 Guest take seats

5:15 Bridal Party Entrance (Song)

5:25 First Dance (Song)

5:30 Dinner Line

5:45 Toasts

6:00 Cut Cake (Song)

6:20 Father Daughter Dance (Song)

 6:25 Mother Son Dance (Song)

6:30 Wedding Party Song (Song)

7:15Bouquet/Garter Toss

8: 15 Anniversary Dance

9:30 Dollar Dance

Post # 6
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Grand entrance

First Dance



Anniversary Dance

Open the floor for dancing

Wait 1 1/2 hours then cut the cakeW

***  We were advised by many that once you cut the cake, many guests leave-so not to cut the cake too early in the night!

Post # 8
38 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are having a Champagne and Cake reception, so I have no idea what to do when; it is an afternoon wedding with the reception from 2-6 (the ceremony will end around 1:45, and we have to do pictures before we go to the reception). We are having a DJ.

Any suggestions?

Post # 9
45 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know we are doing things a bit differently but….

Cocktail Hours

Guests take their seats

Bridal Party Entrance

All the Special Dances


Toasts during dinner


(We are having a chocolate fountain instead of a cake so that will just be going all night)

We wanted to get the dances done and out of the way so the rest of the night we had no obligations and could kick back and enjoy.

Post # 10
40 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

I am an event coordinator for a living and I am doing my reception based on all the “traditional” that I’ve been taught

1. cocktail hour

2. Guests enter ballroom (salad’s are already on the table)

3. Bridal party introduced

4. Bride & Groom first dance

5. Father Daughter Dance

6. Mother son dance

7. Staff will clear salads & bring out entrees

8. Dinner

9.Upbeat Dancing

10. Cake Cutting

11. Upbeat Dancing

12. Garter/Bouquet Toss

13. Upbeat Dancing

14. Last Dance

Post # 11
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re doing:

(1) Preset Salad

(2) Speeches (while guests munch on their salads)

(3) Dinner

(4) Cake Cutting

(5) First Dance

(6) Father/daughter & Mother/son dances

(7) Open dancing (during this time cake, pie, and coffee will be served buffet style)

Post # 13
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I know I didn’t start this one- but thanks for posting it!! Very helpful 🙂 

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