Post # 1
I need help trying to figure out the schedule for my reception.
To start, the ceremony and reception are being held in the same hotel. The wedding party will be leaving to get pictures done inbetween.
1:00 – ceremony – Hopefully about 30 minutes long
1:30 – 2:30 – Pictures around the hotel with family members
2:30 to 5:00 – Wedding party pictures off site
5:00 – Cocktails
5:15 – Bride, Groom, and wedding party will enter
5:30 – Dinner
6:30/6:45 – Speeches (hopefully as short as possible!)
7:00/7:15 – First Dance (is this too early?)
Now here’s my question…
What time do we do the cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss?
We have our photographer for 10 hours. She’ll come to the hair salon with us girls at 10:00 am so we’ll have her until about 8:00 pm. I’m HOPING to see if she’ll stay an extra hour depending on what she charges for it.
Post # 4
Perhaps you could do it at around 7:45? Have the first dances, play a few other songs, then have that stuff before the photag leaves. Our DJ really helped us with the order of events of the reception since he’s been to more weddings than us. Maybe yours can give you a good idea of the timing?
Post # 5
you will have your 1st dance
then cut the cake
Then toss the flowers…then the garter
you will be done by 8pm with all that. Maybe ask them to stay one more hour to get a little dancing
I was married at 5pm. Entered at 7. Dinner at 7:30…toasts at about 8…then cake, flowers…garter…and then Party!!! 🙂
Post # 6
btw…you could do the speeches at 6 while everyone is sitting around eating dinner
That is what we did. Only waited 30min to do the toasts after dinner started. Worked out great.
When we moved right over to the cake
Post # 7
spraquebride had good ideas. I am planning on cutting the cake after an hour of dancing. Kind of untraditional, but it gives the band a natural break between sets and everyone else a sugar boost after time to digest their dinners.
Post # 8
Thank you! That helps a lot.
I may talk to the DJ as well and see what he says.
If we do the first dance at 7:00, then the father daughter dance, etc… then cake? Or should we let ppl dance a bit first?
After cake do we let me dance then interupt again for the tosses?
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I’d also do speeches during dinner just to get it out of the way and before anyone had too much to drink.
I’d cut the cake right after dinner ends perhaps? Sometimes the older guests like to leave at that point.. don’t want to make them wait for their cake!
I’m planning on doing the first dance as soon as we walk in, but my dj will be playing standards through dinner and I want to dance to them 🙂
Post # 10
I plan on doing speeches before dinner, but we are also only planning on having two people give speeches. I would do cake cutting right before dinner, so that the cake can be taken back and cut in time to be served right after dinner. I would do the garter and bouquet toss like an hour into the dancing, to serve as a nice break up.
It’s okay to mush some of the coordinated stuff in the beginning of the party because some of your older guests might want to see that stuff without having to be out too late.
Otherwise, I think your schedule looks great. If you are still unsure, check to see what your photog charges per hour a la carte, so you can be sure she is there for the garter and bouquet. Or, ask your venue what they typically see.
Post # 11
As a PP said, you may want to consider doing toasts while you’re eating. That way you won’t feel like you’re going straight from one “event” to the next in order to get everything in before the photographer leaves. Also, keep in mind that people won’t start dancing until after you’ve done your first dance, so you may want to do it before dinner or as soon as guests start finishing dinner. We did ours right after our introduction so that guests could start dancing whenever they wanted 🙂