Post # 1
Im working on figuring out when to do the key events at the reception, and was wondering when you did the cake cutting, first dances, speeches, etc?
I’ve only been to a few weddings in the recent years, and should have been taking notes! lol
Do speeches usually occur before dinner, during, after??
We are having a 4 course meal (dessert is the 4th), so I’m wondering when you cut the cake, too?
Any insight would be great!
Post # 3
I don’t know what is typically done but at the weddings I have attended speeches were done right before the main course or right before the cutting of the cake.
Post # 4
It can depend on your culture and your venue and the length of speeches.
Eg. The Lebanese wedding I attended had speeches sparatically throughout the night, that was also the case of food (first course came at 9pm!) but thats because dancing and drinking is the main attraction of those
My Venue has a loose time line we need to follow because they have multiple rooms and to reduce the risk of music interupting each other’s speeches they do them at the same time (ish).
If speeches are short, do them before dinner, if you have ramblers, do them after dinner! You don’t want bored guests just waiting for food. I personally don’t like speeches between courses because it breaks up the fluidity of it, but it can also help if oyu find some people’s are really long then you can do 1 person between each course with dinner ending with you and hubby’s speech.
I have 4 courses as well (4th dessert) + cake + a latenight sweet/seafood buffet (Portuguese) so our cake cutting will likely be shortly before the buffet opens around 11pm
First dance IMO is after dinner when you want to start opening the dance floor for others. I’ve also seen it as soon as the couple enters the room before dinner.
IMO talk with your venue if you’re stuck, assuming they’re friendly/helpful they’ll be able to tell you what typically happens at their location and if they have any recommended time lines due to adjecent rooms 🙂