Reception timeline

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@midwestgirl80:  I thought the same thing as you; that we should have our speeches during dinner & greet people during dinner as well.

Here is my experience:

You will be too busy with pics & other things (like signing the marriage certificate in our case) to greet guests. Plus it feels awkward to do so while they are grubbing out lol.

Also, speeches will work at the very tail-end of the dinner, but not during. People won’t pay attention & your bridal party will be too busy to actually get with the program lol.


Post # 4
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Encore Bride, and Older Bee (over 50)

I too think that having the speeches during Dinner… PLUS you trying to do Meet & Greets during the same timeframe will be awkward

I remember my first Wedding (the BIG White Pouffy Family one back in 1980) and we had over 100 Guests.  We had a mini-receiving line at the Hall… during the Cocktail Hour… My Parents, His Parents, and Us.  It went pretty quickly.

During Dinner we were starving… and still we didn’t get a lot of time to eat… everything seemed so rushed and yet in slow motion at the same time.  Lots of clinking of glasses, and having to kiss etc.  Fun but those first few hours post Wedding Ceremony were a blur… I think it was the “OMG we are married” HIGH I was on.

Our “necessities” all got fit in at the end of the meal.

My Hubby & I cut the cake… and cake / dessert was then served.

We had our toasts & speaches after Dinner… and not as many as you.  And they didn’t drag on at all… (trust me NO ONE wants to sit thru a pile of speeches)

My Dad opened with a short speech about me his darling Daughter… and a Toast to the Couple

My Groom’s Dad replied with and a toast to us as well

Then my Groom replied to the Dads, and toasted me his lovely Bride

And then the Bestman made his speech about the Groom had a toast to us and the Guests… and announced that we’d now be opening the dance floor with the appropriate dances… (First Dance, Father Daughter, Mother Son etc)

After our Dances, My Groom & I did make our way around to the various tables, to say Hi again to people, we didn’t spend all our time on the dance floor in the early evening… but after about an hour… that is where you found us til closing time (1 AM).

Hope this helps,


Post # 5
3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@This Time Round:  I second all of your advice & experience 🙂

Honestly, looking back at my timeline now is just comical! LOL

We had a 5hr wedding from start to finish & it went by in the blink of an eye. We didn’t do the garter toss or bouquet toss, & we only did the speeches & cake cutting because my groom reminded me 😛

By the time it was 9pm all I wanted to do was dance, & that’s sure in the hell what I did! haha 🙂

Post # 7
7055 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@midwestgirl80:  I think speeches are ok during dessert, because it’s more leaisurely, but not the main meal.

Also, 7 speeches is a LOT! Is there any you can cut it down? I’d suggest something like: before the meal, one father welcomes everyone and one says a prayer, neither actuallt giving a speech. Then after the meal, the Best Man and only one MOH gives a speech. Then you and your husband do really quick speeches – really just thanking everyone for coming.

And I’d try to go ’round the tables after dinner. Yes that means you miss out on some dancing. Perhaps I’m bias because I don’t care much for dancing anyway.

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