please critique my reception timeline!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7019 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@brideanjeza:  My first reaction is: I’d be pretty hungry waiting until 8.20 (or later on the back tables) for my main course.

Also, depending how many guests you have, it would probably take more than 10 minutes just to bring out the first course.

I’m not sure where in the world you are, but in Australia we would serve food after the entrance and blessing (and maybe the welcome speech). Speeches and dances would be after the main course dinner.

Post # 5
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We are planning on doing our first dance as we enter At 6.30 then entree will be served around 7, speeches, main around 8, cake cutting etc but yes I think yo. Will struggle wit. Getting everything in before 9. We will be doing a mock cake cutting.? Could that work for you?

ETA: we will have nibbles for guests after our 3pm reception and again before we arrive.

Post # 7
1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@brideanjeza:  I agree with Paula, I would be starving by 8.20 (or 8.30+ if Im not first)

Plus, pizza as a “late night snack” just 1.5 hours after being served my main and 45 minutes after cake seems a bit silly.

Is it possible to shuffle speeches and toasts to later in the evening to bring up the food a bit? I know this timeline is more traditional, but I would probably leave not long after your cake is served. Getting up and dancing/drinking is what keeps me awake and able to stay up, after so long of eating and sitting/watching people and listening to speeches I would be reeeeally tired by 9.30pm. Im also 20, we’re not an old couple by any means 😛

Post # 8
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@brideanjeza:  Several of my friends have done mock cake cuttings right at the start of their reception so their photogs could get a picture before they left for the evening. They didn’t draw it to the attention of their guests (I just noticed because both times I was sitting right near the cake). They then did one later in the night for the guests and invited them to take pictures etc.


Post # 10
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My coordinator had the best advice when helping to do our timeline which was: people get bored at receptions.  Yes people listen to speeches and watch the dances, but for the most part your immediate families are the most invested.  She strongly suggested we do our “activites” as much as we could overlapping with eating time.  For example husband and I did our rounds in between courses.  First dance and cake cutting were done super fast right away.  Speeches were done while people were eating.  Cake was served as the parent dances were being done.  This kept guests happy & entertained and left us more time for the dance party and photobooth fun we wanted anyway!  I echo PP to move the food up as much as possible.  Blessing and speeches could be split up so that speeches could be given while a course is being served/eaten.  I’ve seen the first dance done differently depending on region so you could always move that to after cake as a way of opening the dance floor if you’re really want to move dinner up.


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