Reception Timeline

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@Cornmuffin09:  I don’t know about the cake cutting … but I’ve read to do the cake cutting before dinner/just after which allows for the photos to be taken care of and then the people that want to leave can leave (apparently ettiquette-whise guests are supposed to stay until the cake is cut at least – this allows for older guests who aren’t good with staying up late to enjoy the before dancing part).

I personally plan on doing the dancing right after dinner/dessert. This allows for the majority of the traditions and the dancing opens up the dance floor for everyone else after. Not sure when I want to do the cake cutting. I was thinking of right after dessert but I am expecting our guests to be full after a cocktail hour with food followed by a four course dinner. I don’t think there is a wrong way to do it 🙂

Post # 5
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

as soon as everyone was seated at the recption, we did introductions which led to first dance and mother/daughter dance.  salad was served during mother of the bride speech then dinner was served during MOH and Best Man speeches.

then we danced. our recption started at 8pm  we did the anniversary dance and cake cutting around 10pm.

hope this helps.

Post # 6
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

@ajillity81:  what time was your ceremony and was it at the same location?

Post # 7
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

ceremony started at 6:30, cocktail hour from 7-8.

yes, everything was at the same location.

Post # 8
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

We did our first dance as we were announced, so that the dance floor was “open.” Parent dances were later.

Post # 9
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We are doing our inoductions then leading right into first dance, then cake cutting. We aren’t doing father/daughter or mother/son dances. Our coordinator made a good point which caused us to decide to cut our cake right away. If we do the cake cutting right away, then as soon as dinner s finished they can pass the cake out right away. That way no one has to sit around later and wait for it and possibly miss it while dancing or such.

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