(Closed) timeline for reception weirdness

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Is it normal to have a reception timeline detailing times for speeches, dances, dessert, etc.?
    Yes : (14 votes)
    70 %
    No : (6 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 3
    512 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Timelines are normal for most formal or sit-down receptions I think. You can’t have crazy aunt mabel deciding she wants to give a speech after 8 glasses of wine or have the best man decide that his speech should be given just as the main course is being served. Guests will be like…”hmmm, should we go ahead & eat before it gets cold or would that be rude??”.

    The MC or DJ needs to know when to introduce people or introduce the “BIG moments”. They know what they are doing & I would go with their advice. They can also control who can take over the mike & takes over the reception. Some couples have guests that they have to ban from giving speeches, lol

    Post # 4
    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Most weddings have timelines that are ran by the day of coordinator or DJ.

    I’ve never heard the groom’s parents make any speeches at weddings I’ve been to. Normally they host the rehearsal dinner and make the speech there.

    Post # 5
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @PinkMagnolia:  All of our parents made (short) speeches at our reception!

    We did have a timeline, though, especially so the MC knew when to introduce them and so we knew when it would fall during dinner, etc. It seems like a nice idea to have a spontaneous speech, but with all the planning and work that goes into making the day run smoothly, it’s probably a better bet to have at least a rough timeline of how these things will happen.

    Post # 6
    2869 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Yes, but understand that it may not end up being exact… at least it gives you an idea of time distribution

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