Post # 1
So fiance and I have been thinking about the ‘schedule’ of our reception… Arriving time, receiving line, toasts, dinner, cake cutting, etc.
When do we do all this stuff? How about you all? Are you having a receiving line— and how does that work if we arrive after our guests? And how long after dinner are you waiting to cutting your cake?
Post # 3
The only receiving line I’ve ever been through was for a couple that had the reception at the same place as the ceremony, and they just did it between the two. So after they walked down the aisle, they waited back there for guests to walk back. I always assumed it came then, but I might not be much help!
Post # 4
We are not doing a receiving line, but we wil be greeting guests at the tables during the reception. I’m doing a cocktail reception, but this is our timeline:
7:00 – Reception begins
7:15 – Wedding party announced (parents, wedding party, bride and groom)
7:25 – Prayer
7:30 – Stations open
8:00 – Toasts
8:05 – Parent dances to one song
8:10– Open dancing
9:00 – Cutting the cake
9:15 – Bouquet/Garter toss
9:30 – Open dancing, cake served to guests
10:55 – Last song
11:00 – Reception ends
Post # 5
Yeah we were going to do it outisde the church like that as people were heading to the reception, but then we moved our wedding from november to august- and August in Florida is way too hot to be hanging outside in long dresses and tuxes! Thanks JennM, that was very helpful. We weren’t sure when to do the parent dancing, but after people get a bit to eat is probably the best time. So I’m guessing you are having your cake cut in the back and brought out after you do your tosses?
Post # 6
Here is my timeline. I worked on this with the help of my DOC> She reccomended cake cutting before dinner to allow the caterer to cut the cake while people eat dinner. She let me know that if the cake is cut after dinner it often takes awhile to get served and by then few people are interested because they are dancing. Just a thought. We are also not doing a receiving line for time reasons, we plan to visit with people at their tables during the reception.
6 PM-6:45PM cocktails
6:45 BP entrance/ first dance/cake cut/toasts, prayer
7:15 PM dinner
8 PM –Parent dances
8:15 Open dance floor
11 PM reception end