- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
Trying to figure out my reception schedule so I can give the DJ the schedule and song list, and it’s a lot harder than I thought! The main challenge is that the dinner and dancing are taking place in separate rooms. Dinner is a buffet, so since the head table goes first, bride and groom will be done eating quite a bit before the last table (though there are only 8 tables, so I don’t know how long it will take everyone to go through the buffet line. Can’t be THAT long!). So even though in a perfect world, this extra time would be ideal for getting the first dance out of the way, we can’t since that’s in a different room!
So here’s what my mom suggested: our table goes through the buffet line and stuffs our faces with tasty things. Once we’re finished, perhaps this is the perfect time to start going from table to table greeting everyone, perhaps taking a camera along for some goofy table shots. At some point, the cake needs to get cut since that’s what we’re serving for dessert. It shouldn’t take the kitchen long to cut up the cake, since we’re having mostly cupcakes and then one little 10 or 12 inch cake just so we can have a cake topper and pictures of us ‘cutting’ it. And then, once people are mostly finished eating, we’ll do the toasts. By the time toasts are done, dessert should be ready to go and people can either take that in the other room or eat it there, I don’t really know. It doesn’t take long to eat a cupcake.
Then the big shift into the other room for more business — first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, and then at long last, the PARTY gets started! We’ll probably let dancing go on for a good hour before stopping again to do the bouquet and garter toss. And that should be the last of the business.
So, does that sound like an effective use of time that won’t lead to guests becoming 1) deathly bored, or 2) annoyed that we’re trying to do things while they’re still eating? I can try to number the tables so that the more easily annoyed people will get food earlier and be done eating before things like cake cutting. I don’t think there’s any way to avoid them becoming bored during the dances, but that’s just life I guess. At least there’s an open bar 😛